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Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Decor | Our Christmas Tree

The childhood thrill of putting up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving has not faded.  It's been our family tradition as long as I can remember and we've continued it in our house.  I still get giddy even anticipating the tree, but seeing it actually come together with all the decor and listening to Christmas songs while we add the ornaments is a favorite time of the whole year. 




It's a beautiful thing to observe my young son getting the same thrill of decorating the tree that I have.  He kept asking when we could decorate and this year, he was actually so helpful and ended up placing most of the ornaments on the tree himself.  I shared this picture on Instagram and captioned it "It's perfect" because it's so sweet to watch little kids cluster all the ornaments together at the bottom of the tree where they can reach.  I die of cuteness! 


When I pulled out the step-stool, he definitely wanted to climb up and add the ornaments to the higher parts of the tree.  


I wanted to give our tree a special pop this year and am smitten with lettering in the Christmas tree.  I was thinking about what I wanted our tree to say and, "O Holy Night" was my first thought.  I liked it because it keeps the focus on Jesus' birth, but Hobby Lobby was out of Os in the size I wanted (and that were on sale).  I stood there in the aisle contemplating the words I could create with the letters they had and when "Oh What Fun" occurred to me, I realized I could use a snowflake for the "O" and that would be cute.  


Since we have a pretty tall tree (9 feet), I went with large letters that are 8 inches tall and made of chipboard.   


I spray painted them white and sprinkled white glitter on them to make them shimmer.



Back inside, I hot glued each word to a strip of ribbon and then just snuggled the letters into the tree and tied the ribbon to a branch.  So far, so good, they've stayed put.  You can see some pinecones I spray painted and glittered inside the tree too. 



We've got a few faux presents under the tree just to give it some life until Santa comes. They are actually all the same presents I've used in the past, except for the new black botanical paper from Target. 




Our "Believe" pillow from years ago at Hobby Lobby is a holiday mainstay and sits on the Stratton chair from the newly launched Birch Lane.  



And do you spy that little pillow hanging on the door? 


I picked it up at the Houston Nutcracker Market and it comes with a key that says "santa" and a pocket in the back.  We'll have to put it on the front door on Christmas Eve. 


This large red canvas gift bag is another find from the Nutcracker Market this year.  I told my son that it's for Santa to put presents in.


Of course, the real magic happens when the tree is plugged in and the white lights sparkle and shine. 



I ended up loving the "Oh what fun" message.  Life is hard.  We could all use some fun.  Especially during the holidays! 

See more of our Christmas decor

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Ann Taylor (code CYBER50) and Loft (code MONDAY) have 50% off everything.  Ann Taylor is a favorite store of mine lately.  That's where I got my lovebird sweater and star button-down top

Banana Republic, GAP, and Old Navy are offering 40% off (code CYBER).  

Michael Kors has up to 50% off handbags + Free Shipping.

Nordstrom has up to 40% off and extra points for cardholders (Level 1 cardholder =  2x the points per net dollar. Level 2-4 = 10 points per net dollar.) Works at Nordstrom Rack too. 

Amazon has Cyber Monday deals all week on clothes, toys, electronics, tools, books, etc. After James goes to bed tonight, hubby and I will turn into Santa's elves and order some Christmas gifts for him. Top of his list is this and this! (which is fine by me!)

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27 comments:

  1. Your tree looks so pretty, and James is just precious. I love having my kids help with Christmas decorating, too!

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  2. So beautiful and festive, Megan. Your son is just precious. The letters on the tree are just perfect. Merry Christmas~Christy

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    1. Thank you Christy! Hope your holidays are off to a great start!

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  3. What a gorgeous tree! It must be wonderful to have the whole family decorate it together. We put up our tree on Saturday just gone as we're super keen!

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  4. Love the "Oh What Fun" addition to your tree, it really is fun and I love the pics of your son helping with the decorating.

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  5. oh I love that idea, we have a tall tree too. i had to use a step ladder to get the ornaments up top. lol Love your tree!

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    1. Yeah, there's no way this shorty could reach that high!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I'm in love with your glam decor!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful and such an adorable idea!! I think I may need to create some lettering for our tree ;)

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  8. It's so gorgeous! I love the "Oh What Fun" on the tree...that's a great way to fill up a 9 foot tree with something other than just ornaments! SO beautiful!

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  9. Gorgeous! I LOVE the "Oh What Fun" letters and that Santa bag. So perfect :)

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  10. SO fun!!! I want to wallpaper a room in that Target wrapping paper!!! And the letters are the best... I adore anything graphic and word-related. :)

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  11. Absolutely love the letters Megan! I really want to add something like that to our tree this year. It's so much fun to decorate with kiddos. My daughter put all her ornaments on the bottom of the tree as well. So cute!

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  12. After a long and hard day, this was a treat. Thanks.

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  13. Ahhh!!! The Santa "Special Key?!" I die. Adorable- just like you and your cute kiddo! This is gorgeous and makes me wish we could drink hot cocoa and stare at your glowy tree...too far? :) Gorgeous- as always!

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  14. Loving the traditional colors and the lettering so fun!! I love seeing James pile on all the ornaments on the bottom of the tree! so sweet! :)

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  15. I just love the letters on your tree!! Had to Pin there for maybe next year. :)

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  16. Your tree is so pretty! Love the letters!

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  17. Your tree is gorgeous! The letters are such a fun idea. It really adds something even more special!

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  18. Your Christmas tree and entry way are to die for!!! I absolutely love the "oh what fun"!

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