We put up our tree last week.
We needed it.
It was feeling drab and down in our house.
The theme of our tree this year is "hodge podge".
Whatever boxes of Christmas items we could easily find in the POD and whatever I could find at the Thrift store or dollar store is what we used to decorate. The kids even made some cookie cutter ornaments to hang on the tree.
I want to go buy some more of those cute snowy owls to have for the future.
This tree was my great Friday Find of last week.
Since our tree is waaaaayy in the back of our POD I decided to find another one to avoid the couple hours of unloading, finding, and then reloading in order to get it. No thank you. We already did that one Saturday looking for Winter coats.
As luck would have it, I found this tree at the thrift store. Brand new, still had the assembly tags on it and no price. The store priced it for me at $12.99 and with it being their 25% off day it came to $9.74. Woohoo!! My kids were kind of hoping for a real tree this year, but honestly we do not have much space in our current living room and live trees are wide at the base. And turns out they are more expensive than this tree.
The other change I made was to add this:
My lighted JOY marquee I made last week at a Home Depot Do-it-Herself Workshop. It is an Ana White design plan and we completed it all that night. The kids thought it was TOTALLY COOL when I brought it home, especially when I showed them that the lights have 3 different lighting modes. I am so glad that I went--invited a couple friends to go with me too. Home Depot does this the 3rd Tuesday of every month so check your local store for their projects.
The garland swag above the sign is made from the weeds I picked a number of weeks ago that had been sitting on the piano in a vase. I just split them in half and then duct taped them in the middle and wrapped a pretty burlap ribbon around them. It hangs from a little 3M hook placed above the marquee. It gives the sign something a little extra. Without it the marquee seemed a bit boring.
Once Thanksgiving is over I will adjust the vignette on the piano and add some nativities. At least I hope that I can find some easily in my packed up life.