A Collection of Christmas Past
How tall is your tree?
What mix of ornaments did you use for this tree?
Everything! I am not a person who likes to use all the matching ornaments and have a perfectly color-coordinated tree. I prefer to use ornaments that are sentimental. I have stuffed animals on there, my daughter’s first pair of Nikes, my grandmother’s glasses, ornaments from trips my family has taken, and more that are reminders of certain events in our lives. I’m also a big fan of vintage ball ornaments. I love them if they have a little age in them, like a couple scratches here and there. This year, I’m adding some fun PEZ dispensers.
How many ornaments did you use to achieve that look?
Great question, and honestly I’m not 100% sure. I would say we have somewhere between 75 – 125 ornaments total on the tree.
How much garland/ribbon did it take to cover the tree?
I made a vintage book-page garland last year for my tree. I actually didn’t have enough of the book pages to make it wrap around the whole tree, so I cheated and just kind of wrapped it back and forth around the front and sides of the tree. It was probably about 10 feet or so total. I’m hoping to find more holiday book pages this year and add to it.
How did you decide on the decorating theme of your tree?
One year, I did a head-to-toe matching tree. I didn’t use a single ornament that didn’t fit with the color scheme. I hated it. It meant nothing to me besides the fact that it was a pretty tree. After that, I decided I would never do that again. With the exception of some filler ball ornaments, each one of our ornaments will have a meaning.
Is there a story on a signature ornament you’d like to share with us?
The stuffed animals are a little nod to my grandmother. When I was a little girl, she would hang them on her Christmas tree for me. I am lucky enough to still have a couple of them and hang them on the tree every year.
Is there something different you did for this tree that you particularly like?
Last year was the first year I had the book-page garland, and I totally love it. It added a bit more character to the tree, and my daughter loved the Mickey Mouse pages.