We got our Christmas tree yesterday! It’s a really fragrant fraser fir, and I absolutely adore it. My fiance’s decided it’s a “she,” and says stuff like “She’s leaning a bit to the left.”
(a nice Martha Stewart tree)
One thing that hits you when you move in together and decide to commit to spending every Christmas together is that your Christmas ornament collecting years have begun. Sure, I have some ornaments that are “mine” at my parents’ house, but I don’t think I get to snatch them from the family ornament box and claim them as my own now. We have to start fresh!
So, we officially have three ornaments. That’s up two from last year. They are featured front and center on a tree that is otherwise decorated with silver ball ornaments and gingerbread men. It’s a slow process, but kind of romantic when you envision all the individual stories that will ultimately lead to a tree full of our Christmas ornaments!
I think ornaments are a great idea for gifts if you have a bridal shower around the holidays…or any time of year! If you can register for them, do it!
One of my college friends had a tear-jerking exchange with her mother at her bridal shower. Her mom had handmade an entire tin of Christmas ornaments for the engaged pair. My friend got a lot of great gifts at her shower, but the homemade ornaments made by her mother as “starter ornaments” for her new family were the most loved present by a long shot.
So happy holidays to every reader who finds themselves in the situation of only having a handful of ornaments! In time, you’ll have so many that you won’t be able to even fit them on the tree!
I love the look of these old mercury glass ornaments from the 1950s. Especially the birds you can clip onto branches!
p.s. Some good ideas for decorating a tree when you don’t have many ornaments:
- Go natural! This year, I made gingerbread men and hung them with ribbons. Some people candy slices of orange. Others make popcorn and cranberry garlands. It always looks nice. Just make sure you don’t attract vermin. Gross!
- Get a length of really nice ribbon (tartan looks pretty) and tie bows on the branches
- Make paper snowflake cut outs and hang them.
- This is your chance to go with a “theme” tree before you accumulate a ton of ornaments. Be creative!
- Try funky lights – maybe shapes, or those retro bubbler lights. Something that looks tacky on a crowded tree can be charming alone.