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My fiancé, Tom, aka the handsome hunk is in the military and was away training for a couple months. While he was gone, I went into full on nesting mode around the house. I had all of our Christmas decorations put up before he got home. But, the one thing I hadn’t put up was a Christmas tree. We love going pick out our Christmas tree together. And, I wanted to save that for when he got home. So, we went and got out Christmas tree this past weekend. And, the best part, came home to decorate together. Of course, with a little something hot and boozy to help the creativity.
We went with a 9-10ish ft Douglas fir that we chopped down ourselves. And it was the perfect fit for our home. Last year, we had gone with a smaller tree, and while beautiful, it felt a little small in the space with out high ceilings. This year, we went for scale.
One of our Christmas tree decoration ideas we got when we were dating was collecting ornaments from our vacations together. It’s always fun to unpack those memories out of the boxes each year. We get to remember the amazing hotel we stayed at, a block off the beach in San Diego. Or our amazing trip to Alaska where we got engaged! And, our weekends away in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth.
Another Christmas tree decoration ideas we had this year was using multiple types of ribbon throughout the tree. We used a few different types that all coordinated with the rest of our decor and tied it all in together. We created loops throughout the tree to give it a fun and festive Christmas look.
On IGTV I shared my key for the perfect tree, the lights! It’s all about the lights! The key is to use a lot. Lots of twinkles equals a beautiful tree. On a Nobel fir I would wrap every branch. But, with a big, fluffy Douglas fir, I used a zig zag pattern to get lights at all different depth of field within the tree. It turns into a twinkly nest of lights. Downright magical!
We live in a coastal town, on an island, in the Pacific Northwest. So, while we don’t go full on beach Christmas, we do add some coastal touches in. Our Christmas tree skirt has a seahorse on it. We have driftwood throughout the house. And, some of our ornaments, like a ship, have nautical touches. We don’t go full on theme, because we want flexibility to change it up year to year. And, we want to be able to pick pieces we love and that have meaning to us. This way as times, and styles change, we can change with them.
What’s your favorite part about decorating your tree?