Before we move on to another topic here on the Christmas Parade, I wanted to talk about Christmas Trees. Even though stockings are the thing I think of first (and are the most fun), I think the Christmas Tree is the one thing that I just can’t live without. I never have, in fact, been without a tree. Not in college, not as a young adult, not ever. Not even when I was so poor I had to cruise parking lots on Christmas Eve, hoping for a scraggly “Charlie Brown” tree marked “free” (yes, I did that, and yes, I found one).
They’re just SO beautiful. I could sit and stare at them for hours at night when they’re glowing (and I have a blanket and some cocoa to curl up with).
Growing up my family always got Nobles, because of the structured branches which let you see all the ornaments. They are very nice, some say the best kind of tree. But an adult, I really love the fluffy, full trees that look like you just brought them home from the forest.
My first year in this house, I was craving red and white, after having a love affair with cream and brown for several years. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, so I got some red ornaments at Goodwill for a few bucks and went to crafty town. I used them again in 2008 when–in an embarrassing fit of excess–I went completely overboard and had three trees (THREE!), including a tree in the kitchen. (P.S. I will never do that again.)
Last year, we had our (just one, thankyouverymuch) tree in the living room, which at the time was full of wood shelves and pianos and things. It was very traditional, which I was kind of craving last year a bit. This beautiful room from Holly Mathis Interiors that I found on Jennifer Rizzo’s Christmas Tour Walk last year, really shows off that traditional look ((If you haven’t already planned to, make sure you keep an eye on Jennifer Rizzo’s blog for the tour this year, I’m sure it will be amazing.):
Sooo cozy, right?
Mine isn’t so beautiful, but it was cozy all the same.
Speaking of Jennifer’s Home Walk, though, the other tour I pinned the heck out of was one that included this elegant tree from Jeanne Oliver Designs:
So pretty! I love the finger-knitted cream garland and the vintage button garland! I would love to include something like that this year, maybe.
In a small way it reminds me of my favorite tree so far, which was the tree we had in 2010. It was so pretty. It had the creams and whites, but also had the handblown glass ornaments that I love, and some cottagey color. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of that tree. I had a rough pregnancy in 2009 and then 2010 was just full of Baby Girl and Rocket Boy. So no blogging then. The closest I have is the tree we had in 2008 in the living room (remember, three trees that year (eeep)):
That was a pretty tree.
SO. This year. What is speaking to me this year? I know I want to use these pretty Shiny Brite ornaments I won in a giveaway last year (thank you again Barbara!)
Something sparkly and vintage and cottage. Kind of like this tree from Ashley at Domestic Fashionista:
I love that picture. So charming! My tree won’t be white, but I just love all the pink and blue. Somewhere between that tree and the creamy one above… that’s where I’m hoping to land this year.
Oh yes, but without spending ANY money. Of course!
I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. It’ll be a surprise, even to me. But I’m sure like all years (except the lost year of 2008), it’ll be a mix of everything happening in our lives this year, and all of our personalities and hopes and wishes for the season.
What will your tree look like, do you think?
P.S. This post is part of my Christmas Parade series of Christmas blog posts for 2012. To see the entire post schedule and all the linky parties and other fun, check out the Christmas Parade Welcome post.
P.P.S. If you haven’t already linked up at the “Inspiration for the Season” Christmas Linky Parade party, you should do that! Either here or at Songbird.
P.P.P.S. We’ve got a Pinterest board going that all five of the Linky Party ladies are adding to, and it’s turning into quite a treasure-trove of eye candy. Go over to Pinterest to check it out.