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).
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?