I mentioned last time that I finally have the downstairs of my house back, and in addition, a Christmas tree! A real one, a “Carolina Fir” according to the little tree stand I chose and purchased it from. It is about 7 feet tall and smells heavenly.
I decorated said tree early last week.
In terms of lights, my goal was to use a combination of warm white and cool white LED bulbs to give the tree a bit of a “golden” look. I even found a strand of yellow LEDs on Amazon. Ultimately, I think I have about 150 smaller cool white bulbs on the tree, 100 larger (C4 style?) warm white, and 100 small yellow.
Growing up, my family always used the multi-colored lights on our tree. I loved it, but lately I have been feeling a bit more like using the classy white lights. In the past I have done red, green, and white for the tree, which is fun as well. My parents are collectors of the Hallmark ornaments – their tree sports rocking horses, trains, Star Trek ships, Star Wars characters, and many other fun things. My husband’s parents do a more traditional tree with bulbs and unique ornaments. I like to think we mix these two styles well in our tree.
I hang many of my favorite ornaments from my childhood, including a unicorn standing on a peppermint, a small teddy bear (his box informed me this year that he cost only $2.50 … those days are definitely gone for the Hallmark ones!), and a slew of others, such as some Rudolph ones. I also collect a series of Puppy Love ornaments, which started back in 1990 I think, and mom recently started a Twelve Days of Christmas series for me that I like. Below is a shot of some of my favorites.
On the more traditional side, I used some silver and some gold bulbs of different shapes and patterns. I have a few bulbs that I bought in Pigeon Forge, TN at the Christmas Shoppe there – one shaped like Santa, and another like a penguin. I like the look of glass ornaments, and put a set of glass icicles and snowflakes on the tree as well. And on a recent trip to Europe, my husband brought me one of my new favorites. I also had some photo ornaments made last year, and these bring up good memories and have a nice sentimental value. Below are some shots of my favorite more traditional ornaments.
I’ve started buying a new reindeer ornament each year (I have a thing for reindeer, not sure why), and have thus far collected three. They fall into the traditional category, but I felt they deserved their own picture.
And it’s not an ornament, but I bought some gold ribbon to wind around my tree as well. You can probably see the ribbon in some of the ornament shots above.
I spent quite a bit of time taking some Christmas tree pictures with my camera. I played with a bunch of settings on my Canon DSLR, in hopes of some glowing, sparkly Christmas tree goodness. I used this site as a reference. I don’t think I quite got the “glow” part right, but I also don’t have the lens the lady said she used. I still feel like I got some decent shots of the tree. Here is my favorite.
What story does YOUR Christmas tree tell?