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Im just wondering how many of us stick with a certain theme on our trees? (i.e. character themes, or color schemes) Do you do the same theme every year or switch it up? Or are you the put some lights on, tinsel (garland) and ornaments and light it up and leave it kinda person?
Me, I collect ornanments of every shape and size. I also use lots of colored lights (the small ones) for the out side of the tree and I wind the white lights all the way up the trunk...it really does look nice. I use ornaments from when I was a child and I buy a new ornament for my children that celebrates something that happened that year that was important to them. Decorating my tree is a two day fiasco lol!!
Keeping Christmas IN my heart all year round!
Because I have so many trees (my husband thinks we have sprouted a forest), each tree has it's own identity of sorts. But I have conex filled with Christmas stuff. I buy an ornament from every state or country we visit. And if a special event happens in the family or with friends, I usually buy a Christmas ornament for that family. Usually with weddings, I buy a "our first Christmas" ornament for the newlyweds. It starts them off nicely. But I have a tree that can be eclectic, one with fans and masks on it, trains, cartoon characters, santa heds, pastels, bold reds/greens, one that is just irish ornaments and so on. So, I understand about your 2 day decorating. I even have a snowman tree that has a snowman for every month. Kind of like an advent tree. I tried doing the white lights in the center and it didn't have the look I was looking for. But I can never tell if I'm going to do colored lights or the clear until the very end. I don't use tinsel anymore because of the pets, but I do put up my train around the base of the tree. and if I want Christmas music coming from the tree, I put a portable stereo under the tree close to the back so no one sees it.
I'm not a "theme" decorating kind of a person. We do the same basic idea every year, using colored mini lights, beaded garland, red bows and a mixture of ornaments. We add to our ornaments every year...mostly from places where we've vacationed (one of my favorite vacation ornaments is a gold dipped maple leaf from Canada) but sometimes just a really nice one that we find somewhere.
Because I've got some already on-line, here are some pics of our tree at Christmas 2006 (I apologize for the poor picture quality but our previous digital camera was really, really bad...I've got a much better one now and promise much better pictures of Christmas 2007!)
I have 7 trees... ...as you can see I did Gold and Red ornaments... I also love snowmen so I add those... I love white lights! This 12 ft tree that takes a big ol ladder to decorate has 1800 white lights on it..
On the other tree 7ft, I had red, silver and white bulbs... and snowmen here and there.... I also have a tree in the master bedroom, the landing, both DD's rooms and the family room...The one in the family room last year had an iceskating rink under it and I added to paird of real iceskates under them as well...
Your tree's are pretty girls!!! Thanks for sharing
We don't usually do themes but last year we had a sort of pink and purple theme, it was very pretty, I wasn't sure at first but it really brightened our place up and went with our color scheme (peach walls & purple trim hehe) This year we're repainted before Christmas to something less dramatic and we've already (I know it's early) picked a theme of red, white and silver for the main tree, I don't know about any other stuff yet but I'm working on it