Dec 19, 2008

Setting Up the Christmas Tree

Like many of you, I started my Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving. I haven't decorated or even set up a tree in several years so I have really been enjoying it this year. I still haven't done as much as I wanted but I'm glad for this little bit and thought I would share some of my Christmas with you.

I thought I would begin with setting up the tree. I have an artificial tree. My living room is small and there really is no good place to setup a tree so this year I went and bought one of those skinny trees. It fits perfectly right next to the fireplace and is the first thing you see when you walk in the house.

Christmas Tree

This is what it looks like when you first bring it home. I was a bit worried about having a Charlie Brown Christmas tree at first but it actually came together pretty nicely. It did take a while to spread out all those branches but I won't have to do it every year and it is prelit too. Yay!!

Christmas Tree

All spread out now and the lights all work. Yay again! I stopped at this point because I was in the process of making some Christmas ornaments that I will leave on the tree permanently and I wanted to put them on first to make sure I spaced them well all over the tree.

Christmas Tree

I iced some leaves with wire stems using clear acrylic seed beads. This picture doesn't do them justice but they really are very pretty. Then attached a sprig of red berries by wrapping the stem around the sprig. Then wrapped the stem around the branches. I'll show closeups in another post.

After adding the ribbon.


And a capiz shell cross to top the tree.

Christmas Tree

Here is the tree completed. It really is prettier in real life than in the pictures.

I didn't plan for it to be white and gold, it just worked out that way but I'm pleased with it. Many of my ornaments are ones that I have made in years past. I will post closeups of those tomorrow.


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27


Eleanor said...

It is step by step decoration process of a Christmas tree.

Dorothy Champagne said...

I think your tree is gorgeous! Great job!

Greg C said...

I wish I could see your tree but for some reason all I get is an empty box. I will try again from home tonight. I bet it is lovely.

The Patterson 5 said...

Your tree is beautiful and I love the cross on top!

Spring Fricks said...

Oh, I love the tree. And, I'm so impressed that you made the ornaments. I am not crafty but my heart wants to be. LOL

Where did you get that tree topper? I have been searching for quite a few years for a good tree topper and have not found one.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful tree and it was fun putting it together with you.
I love the topper!
We don't have a fireplace, and with temps 80 I need a/c, but I can only imagine how beautiful when you have the lights dimmed and the tree is lit, with the fireplace going! wow!!! Sounds so beautful.
Merrrrry Christmasssss

Debra said...


The tree is lovely. It must have something to do with the love coming out of the hands that put it all together!

Blessings to you sweet friend!

Daphine said...

It's beautiful! I love it! Where did you get your tree topper! It's amazingly beautiful!!!! WOW! You even have your gifts already wrapped. Now I really feel behind. lol!

Have a great weekend friend!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Beautiful, Edie. I think it absolutely reflects what I know of you from blogging. Very classy, elegant and simple. Tasteful!

My ADHD Me said...

Your tree is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L, and YOU are too.
Thank you SO SO much for the wonderful gift. You are just too kind.
I have a doc appoint now (routine) but tonight I am going to sit down and write you a long email.
Have a great day!!

Tambrey said...

I love your tree! I think it is just perfect! My husband accidently threw ours away when we moved this year! So since we are going to be gone for over 10 days, I just put up trees in the kiddos rooms! I think you did a nice job!

Jody said...

I posted about our tree today too, although it went up over a week ago. I love the cross on top. Beautiful.

Chatty Kelly said...

I love your tree - not Charlie Brownish at all. I know of 3 little girls who probably love it too!

Merry Christmas!

Bonita said...

I enjoyed watching you decorate your tree step by step and look forward to seeing the ornament close-ups. The tree is lovely.

On Purpose said...

We have never had a tree topper for our Christmas tree and seeing your cross today...made me think..."I love the cross on top of the tree"...just might be gettin me a cross for the top of my tree!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Oh Edie your tree is beautiful!
Thanks for sharin all those photos... it was such fun to see in to your life!
Lea- I'm lookin at the presents under your tree.. and I had a gift that was tartain plaid too! What are the odds of that? lol

Becoming Me said...

Such a gorgeous tree!

Tammy said...

What a lovely tree!

Kathryn said...

I love the capiz shell cross topping the tree!

Hope Ashleigh had a happy birthday. My daughter's 12th birthday is tomorrow (the 20th). I wanted to send you a poem for Ashleigh called "December's Child", but I can't find it! When I do, I'll pass it along. :-)

From the Heart said...

A beautiful tree from a beautiful lady. If you've been to my Christmas blog and seen the slideshow of the ornaments on my tree your probably wondering why I did that. There's a story behind the ornaments. I will have to post how I got them. I have an angel on the top. I'll have to add that to the slide show.
I use to make my own ornaments too. I'll write about those too.
Hope you have a great Christmas and thoroughly enjoy your tree.

Mary Moss said...

Thank you so much for sharing your ornaments with us and for allowing us to decorate your tree with you:-)

Barb said...

A couple of years ago, my mother had a narrow tree, like a display tree in a store, and I just loved it! I like your pole tree, too. I want to get a trio of the pine 'pole' trees for my house, someday.