I’m a bit meticulous when it comes to my Christmas Tree. Notice how I said “my”, that’s because I own that sucker, I make my tree my shining, glittering bitch. My Christmas Tree obsession started when I was growing up, it always had to be “just so” but when you’re co-decorator with your little sister who has her own ideas of what perfection is… well it’s enough for two little control freaks to go mental. When Steve and I moved in together our first tree was a string of beads blu taked to the wall in the shape of a tree, yep totally glamorous. The following year my Christmas spirit came out in full force.
I bought a tree, bought some simple clear lights, a box of small plastic baubles and some beads. It was glorious because it was mine. Steve’s family isn’t really into Christmas, as long as there is a ham on the table they’re happy… I’m not as relaxed. Every year Steve admires my efforts, appreciates the work but doesn’t contribute and that works just fine for us. It allows my Christmas-decorating-control-freak flag fly.
We don’t decorate outside with lights, it’s not really our thing but that said I did buy 100 solar lights to put by our backdoor this year. Aidan loves them and calls them “magic”, Steve likes that they don’t add to the cost of our power bill and I like that they light the way to the bin at night. For our family our Christmas Spirit is displayed inside the home.
On our tree growing up we had little painted wooden ornaments, we treated them as if they were precious heirlooms. I later found out you could pick them up for $6 a set at BigW… not quite so precious but still so very magical. I get so nostalgic when I hang them, I always think of my sister and the Christmases we shared as kids.
My Christmas colour scheme is very traditional: red, green, gold and silver. Crystal also plays a big part, these droplet decorations are from our wedding, they hung on our wishing tree along with handwritten well-wishes from our guests. It was always the plan to incorporate them into our tree, to prompt us to share stories of the day with our kids, to remind us through the stress Christmas can bring, that every year we hang them, the more memories we’ve made and the stronger our marriage gets.
We have a few other keepsakes on the tree. Steve’s family sent the teddybear which has Aidan’s name on it as well as a pair of delicate red and white ceramic booties for his first Christmas. When Steve and I went to Bali for our Honeymoon we picked up a batic fabric seahorse ornament and that hangs proudly too. I’m sure as the years go on more ornaments will adorn the tree and each one will hold a precious memory.
I’d been building our collection of decorations years before having Aidan and whilst I always wanted the most luxurious pieces I found some great ways of getting what I wanted without having to fork over lots of cash. Wait until January. Stores practically give the stuff away but be prepared to get aggressive at the discount table, some of those ladies hell bent on getting a bargain can be feisty. The reject shop has some nice things, like these velvet bows, you just have to be selective and find the cream of the crop. Bed, Bath & Table is my go-to for decorations as they always stock wooden and crystal pieces… might actually scope them out this weekend!
I got the tree from BigW and it wasn’t the biggest, the thickest or the most expensive but I love it. It looks majestic in our living room. I decorated the tree before Steve and Aidan got back from their trip, you should have seen the look on Aidan’s face when he saw it, in his words the whole house was “ohhhh… Magic Mumma” and isn’t that what it’s all about… adding a little magic.