When we returned a gift (a power tool) to Sears after our wedding, I used the store credit to buy a tall skinny tree for our first Christmas. Because our normal belongings have more than filled up every living room we’ve had since, I’ve been thankful for the tree’s compact footprint ever since.
But everyone knows a tree is just a canvas for the real stars: ornaments! On my favorite decorating blogs and magazines, monochrome and/or themed trees are all the rage. While the idea is great for a photo shoot, where is the fun?
What sort of theme could I choose that would allow me to display this funny guy,
this special vintage star from my Grandma Williams’ collection,
and this precious “cookie” that I bought to represent Abby’s first Christmas?
About half of our ornaments have come from White Elephant parties or ornament exchanges.
As we were growing up, my mom would always take us shopping at Hallmark the day after Christmas. We’d buy two ornaments: one for next year’s tree, and one to pack away for our own grown-up trees. That’s how I ended up with these random but priceless treasures.
Add a few teacher gifts
the ornaments we’ve bought for ourselves (we’ve tried to get one every winter to represent the past year)
and a few classic photo ornaments,
a few ornaments that defy any category,
and you’ve got our tree. It couldn’t belong to anyone else: I love it!