Thursday, December 18, 2008

Festival of Trees Today is all about my Christmas trees. This first one is my favorite. My military/patriotic tree. My husband is military. So this tree means a lot to me. When I posted pictures of this tree in the Christmas tours post, this tree got the most comments. That made me happy!
This next tree is our live tree - the one we put our presents under! Yes, it's leaning. It has leaned at least three different directions this year. So far.
There is a lot of tradition attached to this tree. All five of us go each year to pick it out together. And our decorating party is one of my favorite nights of the year. We play Christmas music. We eat party finger foods. And fudge. My hubby puts the lights on. I put the red bead garland on. Then the kids hang all the ornaments. The ornaments are a collection of those that the kids have made over the years, and their yearly ornaments. Every year they each pick out one (or two) ornaments. We put their initial and the year on the back or bottom of the ornament. When they get married (or move out) they will take all their own ornaments with them to start their own tree.
Here are a few pictures of that night.
This next tree is in my sitting room. I put this tree in an urn. It is decorated kinda Victorian. I love this angel tree topper.

Now my dining room tree. This adds some sparkle to the room. I love this little tree.
My kitchen candy tree. Eventually this tree will have a lot more of the glass candy ornaments. I just add a little at a time.

The next tree is my Dollar Store tree. I bought this tree this year at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. I didn't have decorations for it, and did not want to spend much (because I am not done with my Christmas present shopping yet!!!!!) So I went to the Dollar Tree. Scroll down for a cost break-down!
Silver and copper reindeer - $1 each - I bought six. (I am going to add a little silver and copper glitter to these later.) I hung them each with a red ribbon. $6 for all of them.
Two boxes of these glass balls - they look like a faded silvery-gold vintage ornament - $2.

Two rolls of this meshy gold ribbon - $2.
Two packages of the red glittery ornaments - $2.
Total cost of the ornaments on this tree - $12. And I love it! It's really very pretty.

I wrapped two valances around the base that were on windows in our last house.
Next tree - the one my son decorates in his room each year.
One of my daughter's trees in her room.
Jewelry trees in my studio.

A little Christmas cheer in one of the bathrooms.
And I have several feather trees scattered around the house.
Thanks so much for joining my little tree festival. Hope you are having a wonderful week-before-Christmas!

I am linking up to Gypsy's Corner's "Three or More Thursday Party." Click below to see more.

And to The Southern Hostess' "Trim the Tree Thursday Party." Again, click below to see more.
I am also linking to Show & Tell Friday at There is No Place Like Home. Click below to see more.



trash talk said...

Love your trees especially the military one(I don't know if I already told you that). I too love the Dollar Tree. But I also love Hobby Lobby. Debbie

Jayne said...

Wow! I so enjoyed your tree festival! Thanks for the great tour! The dollar store tree is amazing! Well done!

Christmas Blessings,

Like Debbie, I love the military tree! They are our real heroes!

Neabear said...

Wow! You have a lot of trees. Some interesting ideas too I might add. Gives me ideas for next year. Thanks for joining us at Tam's Three of More Thursday. I hope you come back!

Tracy said...

LOVE the Military tree...especially the AF man...since my Dh is in the AF! Beautiful trees.

ceekay said...

All sweet trees but I do love that Military one!

Linda C said...

So many pretty trees! I love the Dollar Store tree--beautiful and frugal:)

Linda C

A Hint of Home said...

Looks like you had a fab night with the family. Trees all look great!
Please tell your hubby, Thanks for serving.
Merry Christmas!

Smilingsal said...

I love your family tree choosing and trimming tradition. (I have Christmas plates just like yours!)

Everyone looks so satisfied in your pictures. Thank you for sharing. Please come visit me.

Barbara H. said...

We do much the same with decorating all together, minus the food and fudge. You have a neat variety of trees!

Carla said...

So festive! I love them all! Have a very wonderful Christmas (might just copy that valance idea:)

Susan said...

So many trees! And they're all beautiful. Love the dollar store tree! ;)

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Wow-your trees are so impressive! I hope next year to have multiple trees displayed (I have the trees, have the ornaments, all safely packed away in rubbermaid totes, just waiting til I have a bit more space to display them).

Alice said...

I love all your trees. My favorites are the military one and the candy tree. All of them are beautiful, though. I really need to do more here for Christmas decorations. I make an excuse saying it's because of the cats, but I am sure there are some things I could decorate. You certainly gave me some great ideas :O). Thanks!

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Kelli said...

What a wonderful collection of Christmas trees! The military tree is so special. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

glorv1 said...

Your trees are just beautiful. You know, I may put more than one next year. I do though, buy the little scotch pines and this year I bought 10 and guess where they are going after the holidays, Outside to be planted after all frost has passed. We have a huge backyard so they will be happy there. Thx for sharing and Merry Christmas.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What a fun blog! loved your Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner...too cute!

And I saw a Texas star in one post so I figure you must be a fellow Texan....Howdy!