Real vs. fake tree.
White vs. green tree.
Colored vs. white lights.
Star or angel on top.
Traditional decorations or not.
Same decorations every year or change of theme.
Stockings hung all season or just the night before.
The list probably goes on and on when you try and mesh two family traditions into one.
My hubby grew up in Idaho where every year they drove up into the hills and cut down a live tree and brought it home to decorate. I grew up in Kansas. No hills. When we got a real tree it was at the tree lot down the road. That was my normal.
I vividly remember our neighbors, the Sauers, had a white tree with pink decorations (early 70's decor). I was in kindergarten or first grade then. A white tree was not right to me at that age. I just couldn't believe that they had this ugly fake white tree.
Then somewhere along the line we got a fake green tree. Less mess, you know exactly what size it will be from year to year and you can wire on the decorations and leave them if you want. I also went to college and apartment living requires fake trees.
Once I got married and finally got out of apartments and into a house we went back to real trees. Then we had more kids and less room and those trees you buy at the tree lot become a lot bigger once you open them up. I bought a fake SKINNY green tree on clearance one year. It has made me really happy because it doesn't overwhelm my whole living room.
Then last year during the holiday season I found a skinny white tree at the thrift store and bought it. I had visions of the Sauers' tree once again, in disbelief that I was seriously entertaining the idea of a white tree for my own home. But it really made me excited to think about it.
I warned my family that the following Christmas (meaning this year) I'd be putting up a white tree and that there had better not be any complaining. It didn't mean that we'd always have a white tree, but this year we would. So basically....deal with it.
Here is how it all turned out.
A lit view at night.
And a daylight view (before our dumping of snow yesterday)
My oldest son told me that he prefers the white tree. (that is a bit shocking)
My oldest daughter said, "I don't get the monkeys."
The other kids replied, "It's just 'cuz they're fun."
Yep, that's about it.
Our neighbors across the street told me that they like to see our tree at night through the window too. Thank you! I hope you all take some time to sit by your tree, at night, with only the tree lights on and enjoy some time by yourself or with your family.
- Silver wire star thrift store purchase for $2
- Stuffed Beanie Babies orangutans acquired at the thrift store for $.75 each, except large one on top for about $2.
- Initialornaments inspired by this pin.
- Various clearance ornaments (purple snowflakes, green stars, joy, blue icicles and silver disco balls) last year from Target and Wal-Mart.
- Made the orange dot garland from scrap paper and thread.
- White star cookie cutters turned into ornaments.
- Both colored AND white lights on the tree. Oooh! Who knew you could actually do that.