We finally got our tree up last weekend.
It was almost impossible to find a day and time
when our entire family could go pick out the tree.
We set aside a couple of hours last Friday night
and we chose a tree pretty quickly because it was darn cold.
Since we have a vaulted ceiling in our family room, the last two years,
we have bought on a nine foot frasier fir tree.
In our tree shopping haste, we couldn't find one that tall,
so we settled on a seven foot tree.
Before we had children, I remember searching high and low for the perfect tree.
Nowadays, as long as everyone agrees on it and it's not completely lopsided, I'm good.
This year's tree is not perfect by any means,
but the time spent together picking it out and decorating it is what meant the most.
My kids get so sentimental every year decorating the tree.
They like to reminisce about where each ornament came from and how long we have had it.
We have had this star since the very first Christmas my husband and I were married.
Here are a few of my favorite ornaments.
Our tree is drowning in handmade ornaments from my kids.
Most of them are falling apart and on their last leg, but I just can't seem to throw them out.
The little toy solider is an ornament my husband had as a child. It is always front and center on the tree. The Elvis ornament was a gift from my mother-in-law and yes, it sings!
The wreaths on the right were made from welted wool squares.
I saw the idea here and thought my kids would have fun making them.
They were most excited about getting to use a needle.
While I do love the experience of picking out a tree as a family,
I must admit that I have been pushing hard for the past couple of years for an artificial tree.
Our house is very dry in the winter and our Christmas tree dies out quickly.
Not to mention the cost of an nine foot live tree can be pretty pricey.
I have my eye on this one...
This tree is an artificial nine foot Frasier Fir from Ballard Design.
So far, I have been encountered much resistance.
I even suggested we get a small live tree for our living room
and use the artificial tree in the family room.
I'll let you know after Christmas if I won that battle.
What about you, are you on "team real" or "team fake"?