The arduous task of trimming your tree with ornaments, garlands and lights is well worth the effort, don't you think? I look forward to this yearly custom with so much excitement that I often jump straight from Diwali or Halloween to Christmas just because I cannot wait to put up my tree. And this year was no exception!
I have always dressed my tree in enchanting jewel tones. However, I wanted to incorporate the wintry white of the beautiful Ohio landscape this year. West Elm and Pottery Barn have some gorgeous holiday displays and there was my inspiration! I envisioned a tree with ornaments in milky white, sparkling crystal, and shiny silver. Of course, I am no tree decorating expert and I learn something new every year myself. After all, creativity does take some practice! I have not entirely mastered the art of layering but I am getting better at it.
|The tree comes to life!
My boy is an enthusiastic little helper and with a little cajoling, I can rope in the reluctant spouse too. And usually a faux pas or few later, our tree gets done!
If you are the kind that plans ahead of time, then post-christmas sales are the best time to buy your ornaments. And if you swear by last minute like I do, Hobby Lobby usually runs half-off sales sporadically through the holiday season. Instead of ribbons, I used "dazzling drape" this year. What a fabulous find it was too! Unlike the stiff and fussy ribbons, this is soft and easy to work with. For the gift wrap, I chose a plain red shiny paper and jute thread both from the local supermarket. Again, drawing inspiration from the rustic charm of the Pottery barn gift boxes! I added a touch of glam with shiny snow flakes ornaments.
|Bold yet simple!
|Mantel vignette- the nutcrackers stand tall in the company of some merry baubles
|Our tree in wintry white
|Our family room ready for Christmas!
So, that dear readers, was my tree decorating story! With all the decorations now in place, I can finally put my feet up and look forward to celebrating with friends and family!
It has been a great pleasure sharing our celebrations with the readers of Aalayam this year and as always we would love to hear from you.
The images for this post were taken by my husband Uj. Please ask before using, thanks!