A Christmas Tree Story

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.

Hallmarks

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.

Traditional

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.

Reindeer

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.

Tree2

What story does YOUR Christmas tree tell?

 

3 comments for “A Christmas Tree Story

  1. December 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I love that last photo! I am not very good at Christmas tree photos (although I Googled it recently, too). I intended to post mine, but haven’t gotten around to it. I suppose I should this week, huh?

     
    • jadesabre9
      December 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Yes, you should! I might try some more tonight to get a more “glowy” one, but it was fun to play around with the settings regardless 🙂

       
  2. December 17, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Awww the decorations are so pretty and I’m very jealous of that fabulous tree!!!!!!

     

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