Oh Christmas Tree
This is our second time getting a real tree for Christmas. I had envisioned bits and bobs of black and silver, feathers, lace, sparkles, and lights. But some plans just aren't meant to be.
Last year we bought our tree in the parking lot of a Hy-Vee. We were completely unprepared and didn't even have a tree stand. This year we not only had a tree stand, but had spent a few minutes arguing about it's size. I thought it was too big and Kevin not big enough. Turns out, it's just right.
We went to Miller's Christmas Tree Farm, a 45 minute drive away. We took the back roads to get there and the highway home. I highly recommend the back road, it's better paved then the highway! We walked around and finally decided on a pre-cut Fraser Fir, though we had been looking for a Balsam.
It fits perfectly into it's corner and I absolutely love it.
I am not a fan of tree skirts, so when I found this basket at target and it perfectly fit the tree stand I was so happy! All the feathers and ribbons I had bought to decorate the tree, didn't feel right on it so I used it to decorate the table. Along with some extra bells I had from the tree.
My favorite part of the decorating for Christmas has to be the fireplace. I worked really hard on this and have been planning it for months. I placed an order with Working Class Punx, made a trip to home depot and got to work. To be honest the living room is one of those rooms I keep working on and it is so close to being finished, the final piece will arrive in January, but you can see what it originally looked like here and then second update here. Is it perfect? No, I need to redo the black tile pieces and we should have switched the lights on the tree and mantle, but I love it and that's all that matters.
It's not much for decoration but it's a heck of a lot more than I have done in previous years. One day when I have a place to store things, I'll add to my collection. For the moment I think I'll have a cup of coco in front of my fire.