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Saturday, December 13, 2008

On the first day of Christmas, tradition gave to me:
One beautiful Christmas tree

I'm participating in the 12 Days of Christmas over at Erin's blog. I decided to center it around our holiday traditions, because I really do want to make sure they're all written down somewhere. So here goes....



I think the tree is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

I bought our tree on Black Friday in 1999...our first holiday season together as a married couple. Joel wasn't thrilled about the artificialness of it, but he has come to accept my loathing of real trees.

I love to make a big to-do of putting on the Christmas music the Day after Thanksgiving and decorating the tree. I love my tree, and I still love the colors and ribbon and ornaments I picked way back in 1999.

While I have started getting a little sick of some of the ornaments, we do add to it a little bit each year, and last year I got rid of a ton of them that I couldn't stand to look at any more (mostly because they look like they're ten years old!). So, when I first decorated the tree this year, it seemed like it was really missing a lot. Even though this was the very first year I have allowed the kids' homemade ornaments on the tree (yes, I'm aesthetically weird that way), it still seemed empty.

So, we went to Target and had the kids each pick out an ornament (I think we started a new tradition!) to put on the tree. Joel and I each picked something, too.

Bria chose this white dove (and I think it's kind of funny that she happened to put it next to those glass bells...it kind of seems wedding-ish, don't you think?).


Chloe chose this red cardinal (thank you Chloe for picking something that matches! She is, after all, my aesthetic child).


Sophie chose this little ceramic bluebird (and gets so excited to show people her "boodie" on the tree).

Joel chose these music notes (surprise, surprise).


I decided to get as much bang for my buck as I could and chose a box of 15 ruby ornaments.


And then, a week later, my mom sent a box of beautiful red and gold ornaments! Like the wisemen on the camels by my ruby, the star near Chloe's bird, and many, many others. My tree looks decadent now.

Don't you think?

23 comments :

  1. Your tree was beautiful in 1999 and it is even more beautiful now. I think the girls did a great job picking out ornaments!

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  2. I don't know if I can even comment on the tree because I am so freaked out that there are only 12 days to Christmas and I still haven't mailed my mom's package!

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  3. I think I could really use your help decorating mine. It's decorated, but looks so . . . uh, not good.

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  4. It does look great. Here's hoping you don't hate me because I got a real tree this year!!

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  5. I love it! Right now I have wooden ornaments on my tree. My goal is to someday have two trees. A family tree where the kids can actually hang their ornaments. And MY TREE!

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  6. Gorgeous tree.

    You hate real trees? I'm so sad.

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  7. I love it. It's beautiful.

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  8. Love it, your next tutorial should be on how to take great christmas tree pictures. Mine always come out too grainy.

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  9. Holy crap, Lara, your tree is AMAZING!!

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  10. Your tree is gorgeous! Meanwhile, we were separated at birth--fake tree, no handmade ornaments (or they go near the back--bad mommy!) recently got rid of the old boring ones, gorgeous designer tree, yep, like twins!

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  11. What a handsome tree! I love the "boodies"!

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  12. I love your tree. It looks great. I think the tree is a very important part of Christmas.

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  13. Your tree does look beautiful. I'd love to start that tradition, but if I left it to my boys, they would choose some cheesey character ornament. My dream one day is to have my gorgeous tree & a kids tree.

    Love yours.

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  14. We started this tradition this year too. I have a Nascar driver and a little "Clue: the game" ornament on our tree now. Not so pleasing to the eye, but I wrote each name and the year on the bottom. One day I'm sure we'll get a kick out of the choices.

    Your tree is GORGEOUS!

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  15. Your Tree is definately VERY BEAUTIFUL! Good job!

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  16. Your tree is gorgeous. I would love to do something like that to mine, but, alas, I have a "kid" tree and it will probably stay that way until I can put ornaments on it without a little kid grabbing them off and chucking them across the room. ;-P

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  17. Beautiful tree!! It is really striking. I am a titch jealous.

    My husband always wants a real tree, and that's what we get. Kids (and one part of me) want all of the handmade, memory filled ornaments.

    One of these years I want to put that tree in the family room and get an artificial tree with coordinated, store-bought ornaments to have in the living room. Maybe next year.

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  18. Beutiful! I know what you mean about the kids and their homemade ornaments. I'm "aestheticially weird" that way too. We have a small artificial tree from when we were first married (only about 6 feet tall, if that) that we don't use anymore and a large one now that we use. When we have a larger house, I'm going to put both trees up, and one will be for those kinds of ornaments. But for now, I'm kind of a pain in the butt about what goes on the tree! We have a blue/silver/clear/white theme on ours. So I know what you mean about being picky. When we started the blue theme, the balls were dark blue and we had silver chainy things. Now, 12,13 years later after starting that tradition, it's more aqua and light blues with light blue ribbon with silver accents and a lot of white snowflakes. Love how it evolved! You inspired me to take a picture of our tree and post about it. Maybe in a few days. There's a few things I have to "tweak" first. lol

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  19. We do a new ornament each year, and up until now we've done Hallmark, but this year I just couldn't give them 20 bucks for their crappy ornaments, so I found one a Jo-Ann's. Our tree is a jumbled mess ranging from Ernie playing a tuba to the nativity.
    I love it though.

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  20. Beautiful!! My husband isn't into artifical trees, but I insist. I can not imagine vacuuming needles three times a day.

    I have a hard time letting my kids put homemade ornaments on our tree. We have a four foot tree out on the porch, I tell the girls lets put your ornament out there so 'everyone' can see them. I feel like such a meanie sometimes.

    I wish I has taken a picture of my tree with the lights on. Yours is so elegant. I LOVE the wisemen ornaments.

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  21. That's so funny that you're into aesthetic ornaments, not so much homemade ones. It's the same argument at our place (although we don't have a tree this year, since we'll be spending the holiday with my in-laws). I believe a tree is an opportunity to make something beautiful (so I go all Martha-Stewart on it!), but the Tailor believes that Christmas trees are meant for those (ugly, sorry!) homemade, awkward ornaments from one's childhood. He's got one that's made of yarn, and is supposed to be a red "reindeer," but I call it the Rohrschach, since it looks like a big ink blot to me. Maybe next year we'll do a half-and-half tree...

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  22. I picked out the same little red and blue birds for our new ornaments this year! How fun. It's also funny, I feel about fake trees, the way you feel about real trees. I love my real tree, my house smells so pine fresh right now! :) Anyway, your tree looks great.

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