Well, I did it. Phew.
I didn't know if I'd ever be able to get our Christmas tree up this year because I kept dragging my feet while making the eleventy billion feet of pom-pom garland it required.
The tree has actually been up and lit since the Saturday after Thanksgiving. But I was making stockings and painting a couple lamps for my dining room and NOT cooking dinners, much to my husband's chagrin. I'm an expert at starting 17 projects simultaneously... finishing those 17 projects in a timely manner though? Hmm. Not so hot at that one.
Anyway, back to the tree. As you can see I'm a fan of trees that are a bit on the crazy side. No cone-shaped trees in my house, thanks anyway. This is a Douglas Fir which I grew up with and love immensely. My kids actually picked it out at the lot and I think they made a great choice. I love its quirky uneven charm.
I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things about our tree with you... because I'm in a sharing mood like that, lucky duckies.
The lobster ornament is from when I was dating my cute hubster. He's my lobster, guys!
I always hang this fairy/angel thingamabobber at the top of my tree -- I bought it on my first Black Friday shopping experience when a friend dragged me out kicking and screaming. The moment I picked up this little ornament I had the shocking realization that I was pregnant with my oldest son. So I bought it to remember the moment, even though I was terrified at the time.
I'm not a traditional topper kind of gal... look at me breakin' all these rules! Next I'll be hanging my Christmas tree upside down.
Ah, the chili lights. If you look at a photo of the tree you'll see these scattered around. My mom was raised in New Mexico and when I was growing up, several of our traditions were influenced by that. Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner was posole, we lit farolitos (also known as luminarias) and we had a big strand of these chili lights in our front window. (Why? Because they looked cool, of course.)
I loved those traditions so much I carried them on to my own family. I think the chili lights look even better on the tree!
I found these mirror balls at TJ Maxx last year and decided to include them today because they're among my favorite ornaments -- no fancy or sentimental story attached to them. Just fabulousness.
The same holds true for these little icicle ornaments -- I got them this year at Walmart -- $3 for a big box! I love how they look, sort of tinselesque but without all the insane work... I might have to get another box if I can still find them.
But my favorite part about our Christmas tree? All the decorating help we get from little hands:
If one ornament looks good there, two will look even better, right?
Here's our tree at night looking a little more 'glowy' and beautiful:
I'm linking this up to Thrifty Decor Chick's Christmas Tree party and Someday Crafts!