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White Shimmery Christmas Tree – 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas – Final Day Christmas Trees

What else could be more fitting for a final post than the iconic Christmas Tree.    I want to thank Shirley from Intelligent Domestications for putting together the 12 Days of Christmas and for allowing me to participate.  Its been a busy 12 Days and I am still excited about it.    From now to Christmas you will see some of the other bloggers posts on my social media, so much to inspire.

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!

Shirley~Intelligent Domestications I Alli~An Alli Event I Michelle~Our Crafty Mom I Marie~DIY Adulation 

Erlene~My Pinterventures I Beverly~Across The Blvd. I Debra~Shoppe No. 5 I Victoria~Dazzle While Frazzled

Megan~C’mon Get Crafty I Michelle~Michelle James Designs I Amanda~Domestically Creative

Deborah~Salvage Sister & Mister I Jeanie~Create & Babble I Sherry~Olives & Okra

Jenny~Cookies Coffee & Crafts I Emily~Domestic Deadline I Bonbon~Farmhouse 40

Leanna~Of Faeries & Fauna I Pam Larmore~P.S. I Love You Crafts I Kelly~North Country Nest I

Marie~The Inspiration Vault I Gail~Purple Hues and Me I Lynne~My Family Thyme I

Karen~Dragonfly and Lily Pads I Trisha~Blowing Away Out West Lorrin~Embrace The Perfect Mess I

Terri~Christmas Tree Lane I Sam~Raggedy Bits I Cyn~Creative Cynchronicity  Valeria~Val Event Gal 

Yami~The Latina Next Door I Tania~Little Vintage Cottage

 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I

Kim~Everyday Parties  I Dru~Polka Dot Poplars

 As always my partners links can be found immediately after mine.

Choosing Our  Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are the most established decor tradition that I know of.  We all love them.  There is nothing as festive as a fresh green Christmas tree, even before we start decorating them.   Most years I decorate three trees, this one is my personal favorite and sits in the family room beside the kitchen to bring joy and sparkle to my days. Since I left home I have always had a white Christmas tree, it just looks so joyous to me.
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When planning this post I had to think about how I wanted to go about describing our tree, top to bottom, vice versa:  I think I will just talk about our tree in the same order as we decorate it.

Unfortunately our tree is artificial, I have three artificial trees and  love that they last as long as I like, but they aren’t nearly as nice as their living counterparts.  As I start decorating very early it makes faux trees a necessity.

Adding Lights

Once the tree is up we start with adding the lights.  We have a prelit Christmas tree but always add at least 700 more.  It is especially important to use lots of light on a white and irredescent tree as you need the lights to make the ornaments sparkle.

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We weave our lights in through each branch weaving them between the smaller branches of each limb.  We go through ever limb and branch from top to bottom.

My son put the lights on this year (thank goodness). My  family is welcome to participate but rarely do anymore.  No problem I like decorating the trees, I pour a glass of wine and enjoy puttering at it.

This tree has only one type of ribbon, I cut the wired ribbon into about six foot lengths and then roll it to make it curl before hanging it on the tree.   Although not necessary it is okay to cut wired ribbon,   you can still use it the next year.

When hanging ribbon always start by anchoring your ribbon to the last little branch  beside the trunk.  By anchoring yoour ribbon deep inside the tree it will keep your ribbon from looking like its precariously floating on the outside of your tree.

Adding Large Ornaments to Tree Interior

After the ribbon I place large Christmas ball ornaments inside my tree.    This helps reflect the light out of the tree and gives my tree depth.  They are subtle hidden inside the tree but they make a big difference.
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Sentimental Keepsake Ornaments

Next I place my really sentimental ornaments.  This one came from my sons when we were so poor.  We use to go to Van Horlick’s gift shop and browse and swoon before going for coffee and hot chocolates.  The 3 boys were about 8  to 12 years old and saved up and bought this for me.  It takes me back to those days whenever I look at it, which is often.
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The next year I got this one .  This ornament is  25  years old now  and has a couple broken bells and I love it.  Everytime the boys see my white tree they always ask if I still hang those ornaments.  Of course I do.
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Our Christmas trees always have birds on them, it does not matter the theme.   Growing up my Mom had these two little birds that I thought were the most glamour things.  I was allowed to clip them to the tree and our family friend Dan would hoist me up high so I could pin them up next to the star.  This bird is likely 75 years old  now and always sits right at the top of my tree.  Its not white and I don’t care.  I have had this bird my whole life.
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This tree top angel has a very personal story attached to it.  She is and always will be my tree top.  I have larger and prettier angels in my collection, but this little angel is always on  top my tree.   With Christmas tradition is always acceptable.

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After the sentimental ornaments are hung I place all the sparkly ornaments.  I am drawn to long sparkly ornaments and I especially love glass icicles.  They are the only new ornament I purchased for my tree this year.    I hope to add more.
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Over the years I have had all kinds of different diy tree skirts,  five years ago I saw this sparkly one in Pier One and not even looking at the price tag I bought it.  It truly looked like a glistening cloud on the shelf and I just knew it was a perfect addition.a

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The little teddy bears sit under my tree as the gifts go under the larger tree upstairs.

Tree at Night

Like all  Christmas trees ours is prettier at night.

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At night is when you can really see how much the little icicles add to the tree.

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I did the best I could on this last Christmas tree picture.  I hope you get some sense of the glow and glisten.

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Christmas

 


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14 thoughts on “White Shimmery Christmas Tree – 12 Days of Christmas

  1. It’s beautiful, Leanna! Great tree decorating tips in here – like adding extra lights to the prelit tree. Also tieing the ribbon to a branch near the trunk – I’ve always started at the very top branch which doesn’t always look so nice. I remember the story you shared last year with your angel.

    1. Thank you for remembering my Angel story. I was tempted to include the link but chose not to as the story is personal. Let me know if you try tying the ribbon to the back branch and what you think of it if you do.

    1. Hi Stephanie. Time is so valuable and I never seem to have enough of it. You made me smile with your kind comment. Hugs Lea.

    1. Hi Emily. It is the 27th and very very cold. I want to go check out some clearance sales as well, but the weather has me cocooned inside with a fur throw. Snug as a bug lol. Good luck with your shopping.

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