Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I try....

Every year I try to wait until after Thanksgiving to pull out the Christmas decorations. I am not sure why I try to set ridiculous rules for myself. The truth is, I love Christmas so much. After Halloween, we start listening to Christmas music. I know it makes some people cringe. Maybe that is why I try to wait. To me, one month is not long enough to celebrate this special time of year.
Every year the excitement gets to be too much, and so, I decorate the weekend before Thanksgiving.


I really don't do a lot. I like simple decorations. This year we made a beautiful wreath for our front door, and we made our garlands instead of purchasing them. A new family tradition. I have no idea why I was ever afraid to try it.






I think my favorite part is this. Our own Charlie Brown tree. Cut down in the woods behind our house. Complete with too many lights, too many decorations, and lots of little hands tugging on it all day.
Hang in there little tree.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is the best tree I've seen in a long time. It's perfect.
Love Shannon

elliebelle said...

Oh I LOVE it! That is too dang cute. A real tree that you have cut down yourself is the best thing ever.

Renee said...

I love your tree! Especially knowing little hand are adoring it.
We listen to Christmas music early too and can't wait to dig out our decorations once we have had snow. The spirit strikes me earlier every year.
As usual, you have the most lovely photos in your posts. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

I love that little tree! :) I agree that one month is just not enough for this holiday -- I start the music and decorations a bit before Thanksgiving and don't stop until after New Year's Eve :)

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love your Charlie Brown Christmas tree! We have gaudy (dare I say ugly?)decorations...lights shaped like santa, reindeer on the front porch (with heads that move up and down), huge plastic "Noel" light up candles. Enough to make you cringe! lol!

nicole said...

the tree is AWESOME. just perfect!

misschris said...

This is all straight out of a magazine, it's so pretty. I love the simplicity here. Tell me, do your garlands shed much? I'd love to be brave and try that too...

APA said...

With your wonderful talent & total lack of fear in decorating with white, you could keep Christmas garland, a wreath and tree up all year and even someone like me who kind of dilly-dallies would sit in peace & tranquility 24/365. and i love your Charlie Brown tree! When my husband & I were both working in forest management, we, too, were fortunate to cut our own tree...a loblolly or a red cedar. it's what brings you the most joy that really matters and little hands decorating must certainly be that! :)

lucky knitter said...

All of your decorations are beautiful! This type of tree is actually my favorite kind. It reminds me of a Laura Ingall's Christmas. One month is too short!

Anonymous said...

I love your decorations and the sweet tree. I especially love, love, love your last sentence "Hang in there, little tree." You hang in there too, my sweet Katie. Beautiful YOU and your unbridled holiday enthusiasm has always certainly made MY Christmas time more merry!!

Love you! MOM

kim said...

Wait, do you live in a magazine? That is so, so beautiful. Simple and elegant. I LOVE the tree...

Meagan said...

ME too! I put away the last of the leftovers and up went the 'ole girl-no time to wait! I admit to listening to Christmas music for over a month now-secretly! I love all 5 of your stockings hung on the stairs, it reminds me of the beautiful family you and Frank have made.

AlewivesGirl said...

How can you not love that tree?

What I love even MORE is how you always do your OWN thing and always get away with it!!!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I love the wreaths in the window. Very calming and lovely :)

tiennie said...

Your home looks lovely! How wonderful is that tree?!!!

amandajean said...

will you come decorate my house for me please? Pretty PLEASE?

Heather said...

I'm with Amandajean! I need to hire you to come and dec out our little place!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your home looks so festive - love your use of white for the stockings - just lovely and stylish.

Erin O. said...

Wow, I thought I was the only one who loved christmas so much. I too start listening to christmas music very early-I'm embarrassed to admit when. I even love the charlie brown tree!!!

melissa s. said...

i adore your tree!!!! your house looks so festive and warm!

Jan said...

Love the Charlie Brown Christmas tree - any tree looks great with lights and special ornaments!! I have WAY too many Christmas decorations. I love the simplicity!!

Jessica said...

Your tree is just so perfect....and real! We have an artificial one here due to the allergies of yours truly. I also love simple decorations...I have some very similar ones here!

a friend to knit with said...

i love the way that you decorate.
that little tree is just the sweetest.

dana said...

I adore your entire decor. So minimalist and clean and cozy. I just want to hang out there. Enjoy the season!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Beautifully simple decorations I really like this look. Love that tree too.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love all the green and white! Beautiful.

Cottage Mommy said...

I love Charlie Brown trees. Your tree is delightful!

Julie said...

What beautiful wreath decorations... and your white stockings and Christmas tree are wonderful too!

Shannon said...

That tree is too cute! I just love it. Your decorating is lovely...of course. I wish the decorating bug would bite me. I'm not even sure I am going to get cards out this year. Bad mommy!

Kathy said...

This is just too cute. I love it.

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

i'm with you...christmas is gas...i am waiting for the children to get home(at their request) to decorate the house and get a tree, and its nearly killing me..

Jenny said...

Love, LOVE the CB Christmas tree.

lulusparkles said...

you made your own garland? looks wonderful- can you give some instructions?

Steph said...

I agree - charlie brown trees are the BEST!

Nantucket Dreams said...

LOVE the tree! i mean, all the decorations are great, but i LOVE that little charlie brown tree!

Meggie said...

What a great looking tree, seriously! So simply beautiful! I LOVE the white home made ornaments...very elegant!

Meredith said...

Everything is perfectly simple...a wonderful reminder to slow down and delight in the little things this season.