We love this time of year! Although I like to start Christmas a little early Travis really wanted to wait till after Thanksgiving :) So we decided to start a tradition of getting our tree and decorating our house the day after Thanksgiving! I love that we are starting traditions, it is so fun! So since we live in a place where Christmas trees are not abundant we had to find a tree at a lot instead of cutting it down ourselves. Hopefully some day we will live in a place they grow so we can cut it down! We found a lot downtown and paid way too much for a tree shipped in from Oregon :) Hopefully it stays alive till Christmas!
For some reason I left my box of ornaments in Michigan and just brought these few :/
New Christmas decorations thanks to Target and Ikea :)
Travis did the lights. I am just discovering this year how much he loves Christmas! It was so fun watching him get excited and wanting to decorate everything with me :)
I saw pine cones on a string here and loved it, so I decided to make my own, I think its so cute! And they smell like cinnamon!
I am very proud of this banner! All the tutorials I found online provide a printable template for the letters so you can just trace and cut. However we do not have a working printer, so I freehanded all of these on white paper then traced them all to the red and cut them out. If you know me you know my handwriting is like a 5th grade boys so I felt pretty good that they came out looking so good! I used a ruler a lot :) And on the curvy letters where a ruler doesn't work you can tell, haha! If you do want the tutorial with template for letters I found it here.
I looked at a TON of tree skirts and they were all SOO expensive! We didn't want to spend a lot on a tree skirt this year so I improvised and I really love it! I just bought a yard and a half of burlap and cut the middle out and put it over the tree stand.
I bought these and got some for wedding gifts from Target last year! I love them so much! When we got them they went straight into a box so it is fun using them this year!