I am always drawn to things that are European, specifically if they are German or Scandinavian. I am sure that is heavily influenced by my childhood years spent in Germany. I still remember the wonder I felt when we took field trips to the Christkindlmarkt and that has always stuck with me.
So, over the years, I have found my Christmas decor going more in that direction. Fresh greenery, handmade gingerbread decorations, white candles clipped to the tree, advent wreaths, etc. I know those aren’t specific to Germany or Europe, but that’s where I first experienced them.
When I first saw the back staircase in our new house, I immediately pictured a small Christmas tree in front of it. I was planning on selecting a small live table-top tree, but I came across an artificial one at Target that had just the look I wanted…
HERE is the 35″ tree I bought from Target. (They have a 24″ one as well and the two look cute paired together.) It does come in the basket and has a pretty realistic look. I also like how the branches are situated.
Now, I prefer live trees in general, but all three of my live trees died before Christmas last year. I ended up having to get a new “family tree” just a couple of days before Christmas, because all of our garland and ornaments were sliding off of the sagging branches. As much as I love decorating, it was not fun to have to strip down one tree and decorated a second one all over again.
So, I’m embracing artificial trees again. I’m still going to use live greens and sneak one live tree in somewhere, but if it dies prematurely, then that’s okay.
Back to this little tree…
While the “artificial dirt” around the base looked pretty good, I added some more texture by filling it with a layer of mini hemlock pinecones.
Since this tree is small and fairly sparse, it was perfect for decorating with just a few candles clipped on the branches.
Last year, I bought these holders and twisted candles in a 20 piece set and that is the most economical set I found. I also like the twisted candles.
I am a bit skittish about fire (really, it took me years to build up the courage to even light birthday candles), so I don’t light the candles, but I enjoy them anyway. I may light them for one picture close to Christmas, but it will be with Jeff at the ready. (I think my anxiety comes from a fire that started in our apartment when we were decorating for Christmas one year. I think I was about eight. My dad was able to smother it with a blanket, but it was scary to have a full on fire on the coffee table!)
In other Christmas decorating preparations, I made two batches of gingerbread dough. They are wrapped and patiently waiting to be fashioned into small houses and hearts.
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