Christmas is my favorite time of year – I love the family gatherings, the holiday baking, the gift wrapping…and the decorating!
This year, I went out on a limb and purchased a live Christmas tree from the live greenery department on Sears.com. I was pretty nervous because I had never had a live Christmas tree before! Ordering the Christmas tree online was pretty easy through Sears, and you read all about my shopping experience on my Google+ album.
When my Fraser Fir arrived, I opened the box and immediately, my entire home smelled like Christmas. It was pretty awesome.
Once I got my tree out of the box and unwound the twine that helped it keep it’s shape during shipping, I went out and purchased a tree stand. My dad came over to help me set it up because my husband was out of town and I couldn’t lock the tree stand in place while also holding the tree up. Poor dad, I call him for everything! It’s a good thing that my parents only live five blocks away from us!
I also ordered two boxes of Christopher Radko ornaments from the Sears Platinum Shoppe, just to spice up my normal gold and bronze theme because a live Christmas tree needs glitz! I love Christopher Radko ornaments, they are so classy and elegant. They look just lovely on my tree, and I especially love the little gingerbread men! My daughter always helps me decorate the Christmas tree and she had a lot more fun adding the ornaments to this live tree because the branches are so much easier to handle that the hard plastic branches of our faux tree!
After my tree was fully decorated, I began decorating the rest of the house. Normally my husband and I do this together and make a day out of it, but he was traveling for work (the one downside to his new job is all that travel!) and I didn’t want to wait until the week before Christmas to decorate. I went ahead and started decorating the inside of the house with the help of my daughter, who was more than happy to play mom’s helper in her father’s absence!
I usually go a little crazy with Christmas decorating, but this year I didn’t set up my nativity scenes and snow blankets because the cats seem to be especially naughty this year. They had already attacked the gingerbread ornaments and broken one within an hour of getting the tree decorated!
I brought out all of my snowman collection that I’ve acquired over the years and began sitting them around the house – on the entertainment center, on coffee tables…
As you can tell, I have a thing for snowmen! There is just something about pretty little snowmen that puts me into the Christmas spirit!
I also love decorating the kitchen, which is a spot most people overlook when decorating for the holidays. All of my normal knicknacks come down and up go the Santas, Gingerbread men and my Nana’s handmade Christmas decorations that were passed down to me after she passed away 10 years ago.
I also like to decorate the bathroom…I know, that is pretty odd but I love to walk into the bathroom and feel a little bit of cheer! I have a cute little antique white Christmas tree that belonged to my Grandparents when they lived in this house (I bought my grandparents old home) and I always put it on my bathroom counter. It looks so festive in there!
Now that the house is decorated and smells just lovely thanks to my live Christmas tree from Sears, I am so ready for Christmas!
What about you?
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions and photos are my own!