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Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree...

"O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
Thou tree most fair and lovely!
Oh Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
Thou tree most fair and lovely!
The sight of thee at Christmastide
Spreads hope and gladness far and wide
Oh Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Thou tree most fair and lovely!"

For many people, the idea of a Christmas tree brings songs like this to mind. I love Christmas and I love Christmas songs and I love all that the Christmas season brings.

BUT...when I think of Christmas trees, I cannot help but to remember a story from many Christmas parties ago.  

While mingling at a friend's party, we were agreeing that we choose our trees like we choose our men. I like mine tall and thin. Others chimed in - "short and full" and "tall and bushy".  When a new friend joined the conversation, she apparently only heard the "how we like our tree" piece of the conversation. She immediately added- "Artificial all the way!" 

No matter how you choose your tree this year, may your tree shine bright!

I love to mix vintage ornaments with reproductions!

I am a big ole color chicken the rest of the year, but when it comes to our Christmas tree, the more color- the better!

AND, do not forget to give each child their own tree. (Read about that stroke of genius here!)

 When your kiddos have their own tree, even "#1 Teacher" bear ornaments can have a place to shine!

 When my youngest settled on a "white on white" theme, my heart melted with pride!

Don't judge me, but there WILL NOT be photos of my boys' tree. Ain't nuttin' pretty about that mess!

 Decorating for the holidays is such a (sorry to be a sap...but it is what it is) special time! There is no better moment than the post homework-dinner-practices-baths-grocery-laundry-tidyup-storytime, to snuggy up on the couch for a little "tree gazing!"

Happy Holidays, y'all!

*Again, junky photo disclaimer due to December lighting. (Or lack thereof!)

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  1. Love the photos. Your tree looks great!

    Meg @ Adventures as a Small Town Mom

  2. Beautiful tree and I spotted YOU in the creamy ornament:) XO, Pinky

  3. So pretty, Kerry! Your ornament photos are lovely...and your tree is beautiful! Thank you so so much for sharing at my Christmas tree linky!!!

  4. Very pretty! I love to mix vintage ornaments in our tree, too. And I love that white on white theme... so dreamy!

  5. Love those vintage ornaments... and that little hand is so sweet.

  6. Ha ha ha,...I think it is hilarious that you refused to take a picture of your son's tree. That is so funny. I love the idea of everyone having their own tree - that really is true brilliance. We had a tree last year that housed our cats and, in the end, very few ornaments. This year we have wreaths and garland. :)

  7. what beauitful ornaments and tree! love the white tree and ornaments! so unusual!

    Light Trigger: OUR ENTRY

  8. How Pretty. I would love for you to link up to my Christmas Party @ I also have a Crafty Lassie Tuesday each week you can come and link up to.
    Thanks Rose

  9. these are great shots! I love the idea of the kids having their own trees, as long as I don't have to look at them. you must be SO proud of that white on white tree.

  10. I am dreaming of a white christmas.... and then some colors too!
    that was a fantastic Christmas tree!
    Thanks for sharing inspiration.

    Happy Holidays!
    anne Walker
    Christmas tree decorating ideas


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