Hi, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We watched Claire perform with her school choir on Friday night, followed up by Saturday’s home tour. (I’m so excited to share the pictures with you later this week!) Sunday was spent watching football and catching up on blogging, aka “The World’s Most Time Consuming Hobby.”
Today I’m thrilled to be joining in another “My Home Style” blog hop, hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins. A group of 25 bloggers will be sharing their Christmas tree style throughout the week. If you’re joining me from Up to Date Interiors, welcome!
The last time I joined this hop, we were supposed to come up with three words that describe our home style. My choices were classic, colorful, and curated. Then I got nervous because what if those words didn’t apply to my tree? Would I have to go back and redo the post, lest I get labeled a big, fat fraud? No worries–I think they apply to our tree perfectly.
Let’s first take a walk down memory lane and look at some Christmas trees past. (If you’re related to me, it’s perfectly acceptable to get a little weepy over how big the girls are now.) This tree is from 2010, the first Christmas we spent at our home in Albany, Georgia after leaving Dallas.
My approach to tree decorating hasn’t changed since then. Pick out some ribbon for garland, hang our family ornaments, and put a star on top. Let’s go back even earlier to 2006. The tree was artificial, but I still used ribbon as garland and hung the family ornaments.
Can I digress from the tree for a moment and discuss why I like classic style so much? Aren’t these velvet dresses with white blouses darling? So timeless, and they still look darling and stylish today. Classic is good–very good.
Now let’s go way back to 1999, the year Michael and I were married. The tree then was pretty much the same as it is now–we just had fewer ornaments as newlyweds. That’s Sprocket, our first dog. Let’s all be glad that my hair has improved exponentially since then. #whatthewhat
Fast forward 16 years to present day, and I’m still putting ribbon on the tree and using our family ornaments. (I’m just doing it with better hair.)
When I was young, I’d beg my parents each and every year to let me decorate a theme tree for the family. I wanted something beautiful and perfect that my friends would admire when they came to our house. My parents always said no, then we’d put up the same mishmash of ornaments, and I’d pine away for department store trees that were beautiful, perfect, and devoid of sentiment.
Now I understand why my parents told me “no.” As an adult, I’ve had ample opportunity to create my much-desired theme tree. Yet year after year, I pull out the same mishmash of ornaments and let the kids hang them in a haphazard fashion. (OK, I have been known to go behind them and make one or two minor adjustments. Maybe more.)
The tree and its ornaments mark the passage of time, and each year I look forward to pulling the ornaments out one by one and remembering how they came to be part of our tree, our story. That can’t be bought or fabricated, and I’ll keep our tree like this forever, save the occasional ribbon change. I guess with age comes wisdom (and extreme sentimentality). I still think our tree is beautiful, even without a theme.
Next stop on the Tree Hop is Jess of Domicile 37. She’s got an edgy, unique style that I know you’ll enjoy. Let’s meet back on Wednesday and I can show you more of the home tour photos, ok? Have a great day!