You might say that I’m obsessed with Christmas, but that would probably be an understatement. Think Will Farrell in Elf, toned down by half a notch. Picking my favorite thing about Christmas is like choosing my favorite chocolate cookie (I can’t do it). So prepare yourself for a slew of festive holiday posts in the upcoming weeks.
Today I want to show you my Christmas tree. We upgraded our tree this year from a 6 footer to a 7.5 footer. It only kinda fits in our tiny apartment. While the romantic, nostalgic side of me loves a real tree, we went fake for several reasons:
- We live in a city
- They’re reusable year after year (which means $aving$)
- Less clean-up
- Stronger branches make more secure hanging for my precious ornaments.
I’ve been collecting ornaments my whole life so I have a ton that are special to me.
These Santa and Mrs. Claus ornaments are some of my favorites. Starting the year I was born, my grandmother would give me one each Christmas. Now I have the whole series and I look forward to rediscovering them year after year.
Once that series was discontinued, Grandma started giving me these angels. I don’t love them as much as Santas, but they’re still very special because of the sentiment attached. Now I have this whole series, too.
The two series combined equal about 25 ornaments, which is a lot but not nearly enough to trim a whole tree.
My favorite ornament that I’ve ever bought myself is this one, which I got on my first trip to Amsterdam. The blue and white Delft pottery is characteristic of Holland, just like the windmill painted on it. I think that Christmas ornaments are a great souvenir because they’re small and they take you back to that trip every year when you hang it on your tree.
Some of my other favorites were gifts from Jason. He gave me several our first Christmas together. I love how cute and silly they are- they remind me of that fun, early stage of our relationship. I mean, adorable, right?
Am I the only one who gets super sentimental about decorating their tree every year? What are your favorite Christmas traditions?