Christmas Tree 2011 December 7, 2011 Christmas 6 Comments 4375 I’m not gonna lie, I totally dig putting up a Christmas tree. Maybe it’s because we never had one growing up, but I am fascinated by this tradition and jumped wholeheartedly on board after marrying my Catholic husband. In the end, it seems as though I care more about the tree than he does. I’m usually the one who pushes to get it right after Thanksgiving (we don’t spend Christmas here, so I like putting it up early to enjoy it longer). This year, I went to Home Depot by myself to get one. Is that even legal? Reasons why my Jew-self loves putting up a tree: 1. It smells nice. 2. It’s wintery. I love seasonal decorating, so bringing this evergreen indoors just seems like a great idea during the winter. 3. It’s fun to decorate. And it can be done on a budget- I love getting ornaments on clearance to use on the next year’s tree. 4. It can have a theme. You know I love a good theme. 5. I love the way it looks when it’s lit up at night. Any excuse to use white string lights is ok by me. This year’s theme is “woodland.” I made use of some burlap garland (from Michael’s) and some leftover burlap around the base as a skirt. I didn’t bother making or buying a tree skirt this year…this way just seems more casual and rustic. Last year I got some nice gold and brown ornaments on clearance (including one sparkly brown deer I am very fond of). I added some of my homemade ornaments. But probably my favorite thing about this year’s tree is the addition of 3 ornaments from the motherland. By that, I mean Restoration Hardware. I recently visited a store in Raleigh and picked 3 of them up on sale (that location was closing) for just $11! There may or may not be photographs/video surveillance of me tucked into a few beds at Restoration Hardware. And possibly swimming on some faux fur blankets. In any case, this year’s tree is definitely my favorite. Does your tree have a theme this year? Have you had one in the past? Are you a real tree enthusiast? 6 Responses Jessica December 7, 2011 I am RIGHT there with you – putting up the tree is something I just love! I wouldn’t say we necessarily have a theme because I mix ornaments, but generally I have mostly brown and gold glittery, matte, and glossy ornaments. Each year though, my other half & I go and pick out an ornament that represents us in some way. I love opening those up and reading the little notecard I put with them to remind me of why we bought it. Beautiful tree!!! Reply Ami w/AliLilly December 7, 2011 It’s beautiful, Rachael!! I have had themes in the past but not this year. I am half Pakistani and was brought up in a Muslim home so I can TOTALLY relate to your love of the tree! My mom being a whitey (lol) and my dad being cool, we always had a tree growing up. So for me it’s all the extra Christmas stuff that seems so fun and interesting now because it wasn’t something we did when I was younger. Reply Connie December 7, 2011 I love the burlap garland! Reminds me of Germany. Your tree is gorgeous! Reply ashleigh December 8, 2011 Looks great!! I did the burlap this year too, seems to be a popular christmas tree choice 🙂 love the 3 ornaments very cute! Here is my tree if you are interested 🙂 http://craftleigh.blogspot.com/2011/11/o-christmas-tree.html Reply A Holiday Dinner December 22, 2011 […] with my “woodland” wintery theme throughout the house (and tree), I wanted to set a neutral and uncomplicated table featuring natural elements. I’m one of […] Reply » A Snowy Candyland Christmas Tree December 11, 2014 […] winter, and I love using the rustic elements on my tree as well. Take a look at my previous trees here and here. I obviously have an obsession with plaid and burlap. But after last year, I decided to […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website CAPTCHA Code * Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.