Our 2020 Christmas tree is finally decorated! And, I realize that I’m saying “finally” like it’s December 24! My tree was decorated on December 7 and that’s not late. It just feels late when I’m scrolling through Instagram and seeing all of the holiday home tours and my tree is still just wearing lights. We all need to work on our own schedule, though, and this year, my tree was finished a little later than usual and that’s okay. It’s up in plenty of time for Christmas!
I haven’t changed my Christmas tree decorations dramatically over the past few years, but I’ll just tweak things here and there. Some years I’ll use certain ornaments and other years I use different ones. I always reserve the right to add more or less and I like that I can get different looks without having to buy anything new.
(You might notice that there is fishing line tied to the top of the tree. We always tie the tree to the wall in a couple of places, so if it’s bumped, climbed, etc. it won’t fall completely over.)
Here’s a little video showing how the tree came together…
Isn’t that fun?
The lights were the big bummer of the tree this year. It’s a beautiful artificial tree, but about half of the lights weren’t working this year. I took some time to try to figure out which bulb or fuse was causing the problem, but with so many lights out, it was a little overwhelming. So, we just added more strands. Before I could even decorate it, though, one more strand went out around the bottom, so I had to add one more string of lights to fill it in. I’m planning to try to fix them when we take the tree down.
If I had to do it all over again, I would just get an unlit tree. I love the idea of a prelit tree, but only when they all work!
Everything else was easy and fun, though. I put on some music and just played and tinkered. Instead of using the wide blue/gray velvet ribbon as a garland this year, I decided to use a finger knit garland (I bought it from Crate & Barrel a few years ago and it’s retired) mixed with a wool pom garland. I’m just really feeling yarn and wool this year! I always use yarn and wool, but I wanted to make it a highlight this year and I love how it turned out.
The ornaments are a mix of materials, textures, and finishes. I don’t have a lot of color on my tree, so I like to compensate for that by using a wide variety of ornaments. I have metal, glass, wood, metal, yarn, wool, fabric, clay, papier-mache, bottle brush, and more. I also have some that are small, larger, ones that hang, and ones that clip on top of the brances. There are store-bought mixed with homemade and ones that people have given to us as gifts. And yes, I even include ornaments my kids made. I only use the ones that are most special, though. I don’t feel obligated to put everything on the tree every year.
Under the Christmas tree, I used the grain sack tree skirt I made a few years ago and surrounded the base with a set of vintage hat boxes I bought at a local consignment shop. I thought they were perfect for Christmas! The Christmas village collar I’ve used under the tree the past few years isn’t making an appearance this year. I had to put it away last year because the cats kept chewing on it and wrestling around it, so I had to put it away. I really love and don’t want it to get broken, so I’ll keep it packed away this year and will try to bring it out next year when they are a little older.
Decorating the Christmas tree has put me in the mood to get even more decorating done! I also have quite a few Christmas crafts and gift-wrapping ideas I’m working on to share over the next couple of weeks.