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Our 2014 Christmas Tree

I feel like Christmas snuck up on me this year. It’s probably because I’m not nearly as busy this year as I was last year because I was in full on Christmas mode before Thanksgiving last year. Or maybe it’s because I’m too busy being obsessed with my kid. Whatever the case, I’m lucky I got our Christmas tree up this year. I just wasn’t feeling it. But looking at these photos makes me glad that I put it up.

white christmas tree 2

I decided to put our white Christmas tree up again this year because it sheds little white and glitter flakes so I figured it would be best to put it up this year and go back to our green tree next year when Owen is mobile and could potentially eat the Christmas tree dandruff.

white christmas tree

I added some new vintage-inspired ornaments this year. I picked them up on one of my favorite Target shopping days of the year, December 26th, last year.

bright christmas tree

I mixed them in with the jewel tone glass ornaments I’ve had for 7 years. I also picked them up at a Target day after Christmas sale– 15 ornaments per box for $2.50. Seriously, hit up those after Christmas sales, my friends.

I also used the same star I’ve been using for years (from Kohl’s) and the no sew faux fur tree skirt I made last year.

white christmas tree 1

Every year I tell myself I should try decorating our tree outside of my comfort zone, but I just love these stinkin’ ornaments so much. And it’s not like I look at them all the time. I see them once a year for a month or so, and then pack them up and put them away again. So every year I’m all, “Hello, old friends!”

colorful ornaments on white christmas tree

I told Brad maybe I could play around and decorate the tree in a different way before putting it away this year, take photos, and then post the photos next year. I’m tempted.

white christmas tree with vintage ornaments

Every year I take a photo of Jack in front of the tree. Here’s 20112012, and 2013. His chin gets more and more gray with each year.

jack with christmas tree

If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook you may have seen that Owen met Santa for the first time over the weekend.

Brad sat Owen on Santa’s lap and stepped aside while I stood in front of Santa and Owen to snap photos. Owen immediately went into full on red faced breakdown mode.

As you can see, Santa kept his cool. Such a pro.

o with santa 2

Owen eventually found his fingers and began to self soothe. Thank goodness for fingers to gnaw on.

Again, Santa is all “I got this.”

o with santa 3

Ahhh, fingers. Owen regains his composure and natural complexion.

We thank Santa for his service and scoot on out.

o with santa 1

I’m not gonna lie, I like how we got both types of photos– meltdown and peaceful. Call me a meanie but I think meltdown with Santa photos are comical.

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  1. Your tree is so pretty! The more white trees I see beautifully decorated the more I start to fall in love with them.

  2. Good morning, Chelsea! I love the tree. I have a question for you… Do you have trouble with it turning yellow after storing it throughout the year? I would love to do a white tree, but I am scared of it turning yellow or orange after storage.

    1. Thanks, Kristin! So I bought the tree after Christmas in 2012. When it arrived I had Brad put it up in our attic. I got it down in November of 2013 and there was some yellowing on the tree but it was contained to a small area so I just turn the tree so that area faces the wall. It doesn’t appear that more yellow spots have turned up from 2013-2014. But I’ve heard white trees can yellow. I only paid $100 for this one so I figured I wouldn’t be heart broken if it didn’t work out.

      1. Thank you for the information. I am definitely thinking about making the purchase. Your tree is beautiful and it makes me want a white one.

        I hope you and your sweet family have a Merry Christmas!!!

        1. No problem! Definitely check out those after Christmas sales. And if you find one in-store, ask if you can purchase the floor model for a discount. Merry Christmas!

  3. Love the white tree and how it makes your colorful ornaments stand out! We’re doing a silver/white tree this year and it really makes our ornaments (a hodgepodge of homemade and collected souvenirs) pop.

  4. I loved your tree last year and again this year. Mine is all colorful like yours except our tree is green, it’s not the same!! Owen’s pictures are hilarious!

  5. Holly Hold says:

    Your baby son, Owen, is utterly adorable. I LOVE his eyes–are they from mom or dad? I agree with you—meltdown w Santa pix are the greatest. But, sure am glad we got to gaze on those So Cute eyes. Thank you so much!!!

  6. I”m the same way it’s really hard for me to break out of my comfort zone each year. I little tweak here and there never hurt anyone though. 🙂

    1. Right? I’ve always been like that with things I really like the look of. I’ll tweak it but I won’t do a total change because I know I like the way I’ve been doing it.

  7. I love your white tree with the vintage inspired ornaments, so cute and colorful! I saw the picture of Owen and Santa on Instagram and literally laughed out loud, it was hilarious. Him and his cheeks are just too cute! Hope you have a great rest of your week!

    1. Thanks, Maggie! Hah! I’m glad you got a laugh out of it. I debated between posting that photo or a photo of him frowning. He makes the cutest frown and pout faces I’ve ever seen before he starts to cry. Enjoy your week!

  8. I love your white tree. I say keep decorating it that way. The pops of color against that white tree are divine! What I think makes your picture “perfect” is your stockings off to the side. The colors are awesome and it ties it all together.

    Your little one and his meltdown….so precious. Just the way he is hunched over just makes the picture! Have a Merry Christmas this year with your new addition.

  9. Your tree is so cheerful. The white trees are really my favorites this year. I think it is because we can count the hours of sunshine we have had in the last month on one hand.

    1. Thanks so much, Ann! Tell me about it. It’s been so gloomy. Taking good photos has been such a hassle with the lack of sun. Happy holidays!

  10. I love how the color pops so bright and pretty against the white! Love all that color for Christmas!! 🙂

  11. I love meltdown santa pics! They are the best!! LOL!!

  12. Your tree is beautiful! I love the white! And the baby pictures with Santa are adorable! I love the crying ones too. They will be great blackmail later on!! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  13. I LOVE how a white tree looks, seeing yours now really makes me want to go and get one for myself!! It makes the colors of the ornaments stand out so much more.

    Poor little guy, all of my little ones screamed when they would go see santa, it must be the white beard or something lol 😉 . Wishing you a blessed weekend!!

  14. Your tree looks great! I wish I had the nerve to use all those bright colors! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I hope we’ll see you again next week!


  15. I bought a white tree & bright ornaments because of your beautiful photo inspiration. It’s totally my style and I just finished setting it up for the first time. I’m
    L?VING IT!!

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