Holiday Decorating: Our Christmas Tree 2013

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Oh Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!  I meant to share our Christmas tree last week, but with all the festivities I ran out of time until now.  Want to see what we have been up to? Check me out on Instagram :)  But without further ado, here is our 2013 Christmas tree!

O Christmas Tree

This year we went bigger and better since we finally have a house and tall ceilings.  But that did mean more money and having to be a bit more creative about how we were going to be able to get the tree home.  In years past we could simply put the seats down and push it in through the trunk, but not anymore!  This year we had to strap it to the roof of my little Honda!  Luckily the tree lot we go to was not very far from home and we made it safely.

Getting our Christmas tree

After pulling out all the Christmas boxes from storage, I decided to use the fabulous flower tree skirt that I diligently hand stitched last year.  I think I need to find a use for it every year for at least 10 years to make up for all the hours of labor that went in to it. And, lucky for me, it still looks big enough even with a larger tree.

O Christmas Tree skirt

Once again this year we opted for an eclectic tree displaying all the fun and random ornaments we have started collecting over the years.  I do love a good themed tree that looks like it stepped from a magazine page, but there is a special feeling hanging up all the ornaments with a story and memory behind them too.

Wiener dog christmas ornament

Plus I love the fun of picking out new ornaments too.  Like this cute little owl from Target.  Someday I have the vision of a rustic critter filled tree, so maybe this little guy is just the start of a fabulous collection.

Owl christmas tree ornament

Then there are ornaments like this turtle to remind us of our Hawaii honeymoon.

Hawaiian turtle christmas ornament

Or this clothespin reindeer that my hubby made when he was just a little kid.

Clothespin reindeer ornament

And no tree is complete with a jolly Santa.

Christmas tree santa ornament

And at last, one more new ornament this year.  Is anyone sensing a owl theme here?!?

Ceramic owl christmas ornament

I had to sneak in a cute pup pick to commemorate our first Christmas with little Augie too of course.  They look like such good, well behaved dogs here, but do not let them fool you.  It is amazing what a handful of cookies can do!

Puppies under the christmas tree

Next year I want to invest in buying twice as many lights to really make it sparkle.  I felt like I had to spread them our a bit to thin since we were only working with 5 strands.  But overall I love my eclectic Christmas tree.

O Christmas Tree

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