Sunday, December 5, 2010

Our Christmas Tree

While I love the smell and shape of a real Christmas Tree, I've resolved myself to using a fake tree for 3 reasons:
1. I can set it up as early as I'd like, without fear that the needles will drop.
2. I utterly detest stringing lights on a tree. A prelit Christmas tree is the answer to my prayers!
3. My hubby's father was a firefighter, and a real tree was a big no-no in their home for safety reasons.

Without further ado, I present to you, our family's Christmas Tree:

It is not a themed tree, nor does it have matching colours, or coordinating ornaments. It's a good ole fashioned traditional tree, with ornaments gathered over the years. While growing up, my mother would buy me ornaments each year, and throughout my college years, they would hang on my puny 1 foot high tree. I eventually gathered enough ornaments for a full size tree.





Each year I add to my tree, such as this new Tree Topper.







While I do sew and quilt, I bought this tree skirt at a craft fair for far less money than I could have even made it for.







A night time view. Don't you just love sitting by the tree at night?












Here are a few of my favorite ornaments. I have a thing for Santa's!






I have hundreds of these glass icicles in the tree. They reflect the light so beautifully.







I love these leaves. Many of my ornaments, such as the leaves, I buy at after Christmas sales.












I bought this ornament a few days ago. I couldn't resist!












I do have a few collections of matching ornaments on my tree such as these snowflakes.


I have so many favorites that I can't possibly (bore) share them with you all!


Do you prefer real or fake trees? Themed or random? Colour coordinated or a more gathered over time look? I can't wait to see all your gorgeous inspiring trees!



Linking to my Favorite Parties, and to these Holiday Parties:







53 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, your tree is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love it. I love the lights reflecting in the windows. So pretty.

Pam said...[Reply to comment]

Your Christmas tree is so beautifully decorated!I also have ornaments collected over the years, just as my own mother did. I especially adore the ones made by my children when they were little (uh, a LONGGGG time ago.) :) Sure brings back memories!

Red Door Home said...[Reply to comment]

I love the fact your tree is not "themed." They are the best as each ornament was collected over time. Very pretty!

Becca said...[Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! Love the dripping beads and classic ornaments. Beautiful all lit up ... this must be your favorite room at night! *Becca*

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! I can't believe these are photos of your home. I thought that first photo was something out of a magazine!! Really! I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...[Reply to comment]

Oh how pretty. Your tree is absolutely gorgeous. I love it. Your living room is so pretty. Love the tree topper too, beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Ashley @ Decorating Obsessed said...[Reply to comment]

Love it!

Dayle said...[Reply to comment]

It's fabulous! I, too, have an old-fashioned Christmas tree, loaded with history and memories. And, yes, sitting by the tree in the evenings in one of my favorite things to do.

Stopping by from BNOP.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, your tree is utterly gorgeous! It totally looks like a tree out of magazine and I love your new topper- really really beautiful job! I'm thinking of going crazy and getting a white tree this year but seeing your beauty is making me pause- I usually do a colour theme with different balls etc. every year but we always have our collection of time collected ornaments on the tree too- I can't imagine a tree without these pieces so filled with memories. xo

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...[Reply to comment]

What a gorgeous tree! All those wonderful icicle ornaments really give your tree a great big wow factor!
I have a fake tree, like you, I prefer the ease of set up!Actually,we have two fake trees. One of them I do as a 'theme' tree and the other is more 'traditional'.

Shelia said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea! Your tree is so lovely! This is the kind of tree I love - filled with everything! Your tree skirt is so cute!!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ said...[Reply to comment]

This is a beautiful tree...I too like the fake trees these days...you can re-use them for years and they don't drop messy needles! I also like them because they hold just about any sized ornament and you can manipulate the branches to work just the way you want! Beautiful job!

Abramyan Avenue said...[Reply to comment]

Absolutely beautiful!!

SavannahGranny said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, Beautiful tree. Love that you shared several of your awesome ornaments. I too buy much of my deco at after Christmas sales.
I prefer artificial trees because I am allergic to the real ones. Do you ever squint your eyes at night and look at the tree. I have been doing this since childhood. It is awesome. . I am your newest follower. Please visit me and consider following me as well. Merry Christmas, Ginger

Liz said...[Reply to comment]

My goodness...that is one BEAUTIFUL tree! AMAZING, well done! XO ~Liz

Erin@likegrandmas said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, that is GORGEOUS!!! I love it! Looks like the room was made just for the tree!

The Inspired Nest said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is really beautiful. I love that it is not matchy but a real family tree. I love the glow it adds to your room!
Lacy

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is gorgeous! And there really is nothing like sitting by the tree at night.

Traci said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is so pretty! I've never ever had a real tree. Growing up my parents never had a real one because of the fire hazard & now I like being able to put it up early. I always do a "theme" tree.

Vanessa said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, I just love this! Andrea, it looks so gorgeous and I see we are both "bead" girls and now I'm wanting to run out and buy a million icicles so I can copy you! I just love how they look dripping down the tree and I'm definitely going to be hitting up the after Christmas sales to get some. It is all just beautiful and one of my favorites in blogland for sure! :-)
Vanessa

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...[Reply to comment]

We always do fake--I am allergic to trees. I love that angel orny!

I am a big fan of your blog! Hope you can stop over to visit me at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, I just found your blog at BNOTP; I'll be following... You have such a beautiful space for a Christmas tree -- and your tree is lovely! I especially love the addition of the crystal icicles. That's one of my favorite "tricks" with Christmas trees because they let the light bounce around so beautifully! I put up several faux trees every year, but one is always a traditional tree with all of our family's collected ornaments. It's definitely a favorite. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree turned out gorgeous!! We used to do the real tree thing. It got too expensive and with our wood stove, it dried out too quickly. I love where your tree is placed. It looks awesome!

Susan said...[Reply to comment]

I love your tree. It is just gorgeous! I don't have a themed tree either. I like my trees to have a history ;o)

Snooty Primadona said...[Reply to comment]

I absolutely adore your tree! I especially like the way you hung the gold bead garlands and the addition of the feathers at the top. Very clever! So now, I have to follow you so I can see all the other clever things you do...

;-)

Karie's Chic Creations said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful, beautiful. Love the tree and the one santa ornament is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...[Reply to comment]

Fabulously beautiful! Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. Hope to see you next week!

sharon said...[Reply to comment]

Hi there, thank you for linking up to my French christmas tree party, so pleased you came along.
Sharon
My French COuntry Home

Inspired by you said...[Reply to comment]

Simply elegant and beautiful!

Honey at 2805 said...[Reply to comment]

Beautifule tree. I love traditional mixture.

saltbox treasures said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is lovely!
~ Julie

Ann said...[Reply to comment]

One of the most beautiful trees I have seen! I am with you on the "real vs fake". I like keeping the lights on all the time, so its fake for me!

Decorchick! said...[Reply to comment]

This is oh so gorgeous!!

Lindy said...[Reply to comment]

You tree is gorgeous! I also love your tree skirt -- it's wonderful!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful! I love the "put together over time" look. I am a traditional gal. :) I love your tree topper and the skirt. Very pretty!

Skooks said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful! My tree is the same way . . . ornaments gathered over time with all the memories stuck to the sides of them. :)

GWENDOLYN KAY said...[Reply to comment]

You tree is spectacular! While I would love to have a real tree, we also have a faux one. The benefits outway a real one.
Gwenny~

Natalie@Endless Crafting said...[Reply to comment]

What a beautifully decorated tree! Love it! I have a prelit tree as well and LOVE it too!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...[Reply to comment]

HELLO!! Im your newest follower and LOOOOOVIN your blog! Why havent i found you SOONER??? we have so many of the same bloggin buddies! Your Tree is Welcoming and GORGEOUS!!! I would LOVE it if you would visit my blog and 14 days of Christmas trees!!! I have a giveaway you might like! So glad I found you and off to look at more of your great stuff!

*ENTER CUSTOM FLORAL Give-Away Here *

xoxokara

Lamp Tramp said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is just gorgeous as is your living room. Such a perfect spot for your tree, in the bay window. Love your blog, BTW...

Elaine A. said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, your tree and your home are both just gorgeous! Your living room looks like something out of a magazine, truly.

We have a faux tree too and we have all kinds of different ornaments from vintage to bought last week. It's full of whatever strikes my fancy and things my kids make, etc.

Merry Christmas!

Something Nice and Pretty said...[Reply to comment]

We just bought a prelit one and I love it, like you I can put it up whenever I want. I always had a traditional decorated tree but this year I wanted something different, yours is beautiful!

lnowak said...[Reply to comment]

What a lovely tree....stopping by from Frou Frou Decor blog hop....come by and see me if you have the time!

http://lnowak.blogspot.com

Veronika said...[Reply to comment]

Love your tree! So pretty (:

Pamela said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is gorgeous!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is absolutely beautiful! I love how it came out with all your beautiful special ornaments- I am a faux tree lover too! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday this week!

Marla @ Always Nesting said...[Reply to comment]

Stunning and your photo looks like a page out of Better Homes and Gardens! I love the bay window and how you've covered it. I have that same window in my living room and I'm always at a loss of how to decorate it. Thanks for the inspiration and I've signed on to Follow.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is just beautiful. I found your blog through the link up party at Dittle Dattle and I have to agree with her that it looks like a picture out of a magazine! My tree ornaments are very much the same as you; ornaments collected over the years and that have memories or meaning to our family. I do buy some ball ornaments as fill in, but the ones I look at when I look over our tree are those that are special to me.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree is beautiful. And that tree skirt is fantastic. I love the scallops!!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...[Reply to comment]

Still LOVIN it! Your comments have been crackin me up! You are too cute! Thank you for linkin up! When you get a sec, Grab that Whassup Wednesday button for your page so we can have more Linky buddies :)

xoxokara

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful!!

Lou Cinda

Kathysue said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea I just linked to sherry's party also and when I saw the pict of your tree I had to come and see more. It is the kind of tree I love, full of all different kinds and colors of ornaments, just beautiful,Kathysue

Betsy said...[Reply to comment]

I just found your blog and so glad I did. Your tree is beautiful!
Merry Christmas
Betsy