It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

I’m so excited, this weekend we finally got our tree. Yeah, I know, I told you that we put up MY tree the weekend of Thanksgiving, and I love that this is my view from my office, clutter and all.

my fancy tree

But that’s not OUR tree. “Our tree” is the one we go cut down and bring home. “Our tree” is the one that scatters pine needles throughout my house, putting my OCD into overdrive while making the house SMELL like Christmas. “Our tree” is the one we load up with our family’s ornament collection which dates back to 1969 and is still growing every year.

So while we had my fancy tree set up, it didn’t really feel like Christmas around here until Sunday afternoon when my husband finally decided it was “now or never” and loaded the kids in the car to drive out to our favorite tree farm. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to accompany them on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree because I’m still babying my foot and tromping over soggy, uneven ground didn’t seem like the brightest idea. But I was happy to pour the eggnog and help them decorate when they got home.

Decorating the Tree

Both my husband and I have ornaments dating back to our childhood that we took with us when we got married and started our own home. Like this one that my mom bought to commemorate my first Christmas.

And this nativity that my husband’s father made.

homemade-wooden-nativity-ornament

As we had our own kids, we started the same tradition. I love this Hallmark Keepsake ornament that I bought for my daughter the year she was one. She was always into something, so when I saw this, I had to have it.

christmas-ornament

And what would a family tree be without a few homemade ornaments from the kids’ school pictures?

school photo wreath Christmas tree ornament

Those are just some of my favorites. There are so many.

This year Hallmark invited us to choose one of their Keepsake Ornaments for each member of our family to add to our collection. I had so much fun picking out ornaments that fit each one of us.

A little caroler for my older daughter who never stops singing.

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For my “little drummer boy,” an elf that plays “Bang The Drum All Day” — much to all of our amusement.

Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments 2014:

For my husband, my guitar hero, this one plays Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.

Hallmark-Keepsake-Ornaments-2014-Rocking-Around-the-Christmas-Tree

Becca was around the day I was shopping for ornaments and she had her heart set on Frosty. She does love to play in the snow, so it seemed appropriate, although I had wanted to carry on the music theme with a piano ornament.

Hallmark-Keepsake-Ornaments-2014-Snowman-Ornament

And finally, a 2014 commemorative ornament for me.

Hallmark Keepsake 2014 Commemorative Ornament

The girls enjoyed helping me place the ornaments while the boys watched the Eagles game. Priorities, ya know! Don’t you love the look of extreme concentration??

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Here it is in all its glory.

Our Family Christmas Tree 2014

Yes, I am aware that our tree is topless. For some reason, we weren’t able to find the tree topper when we brought our decorations down from the attic. I have no recollection what it even looked like, but we only found the silver star that I use on “my” tree.

Did you ever watch that show, Trading Spaces on TLC? I used to be addicted to that show. Remember the one designer, Frank? He would always say, “It’s okay if it’s not exactly perfect . . . because nothing in life is.”

I think of him and that simple but profound saying every time I look at our topless tree standing at attention in the corner of our family room, patiently waiting to for another Christmas full of keepsake moments. It’s not perfect, but it’s ours.

I hope you’re enjoying the season and making new memories with your friends and loved ones.

This post is part of a year-long collaboration with Hallmark. All thoughts and opinions and imperfections are my own.