05 December 2012
oh Christmas tree
How do you . . . 'Christmas tree'?? I grew up with a rather superior faux tree, from England. It was quite the big deal to put her together each year & decorate with ornaments collected from all over the world. Check the lights work first, then apply tinsel & finally . . . the decorations. Being the last child, i was in charge of the family Christmas tree for many years, until i got married & left home at 22. Mum said the tree was never ever the same again. Sob. Perhaps it had something to do with letting little grandchildren decorate it??
We do something different every year, as so often - we are moving interstate at Christmas - i'm afraid many years we haven't even put a tree up!! There has been tinsel hung on palm trees in Darwin, a picture of a tree stuck on a hotel wall in Sydney, a stack of pine cones in the Brisbane bachelor pad & a small faux tree from in serviced apartments in Canberra. Purely for the children, i'm not religious & my husband has missed 5 Christmases due to war zones. I think they are beautiful though.
This year we skipped the annual trip to a tree farm to pick & chop down a tree, instead we've gone small scale with an old merchandising prop of mine, with simple lanterns, all popped on the bench in the entrance way. I like it & you can see it from the street!!
I've added a few simple felt decorations, with natural wicker & this cute mini pinecone ball, now i need to wrap all the gifts & ensure everyone is ticked off the list.
This cost practically nothing as the bench was from a shop window display, i had the tree & the lanterns are a combined set of $1 broken ones from Typo. Love my wicker star below, it's so witchy.
Do you go for a real tree, enjoying the smell of pine throughout the silly season, or fake/ faux/ sticky?? All out enormous with every decoration you have ever acquired, or different themes, including minimalist?? When do you put your tree up, if at all?? I started fiddling last week but from the looks of Instragram, mid November is acceptable. I grew up with it being a 1st of December event, & strictly down on the 6th of January. Happy decorating, love Posie