There’s two trees in our house every year. It’s been this way for a couple of years now. I really wanted to experiment creating designer trees but Madison was extremely upset when I didn’t put any of our sentimental ornaments on the tree because they didn’t match. She also hates fake trees because they don’t smell like fresh evergreen so we have a fake designer tree and a fresh sentimental tree every year.
In Arizona, selecting a Christmas tree often means a trip to Home Depot. We try not to go right after Thanksgiving because the trees just dry out too fast here.
Rimmel is the OG, always prepared with a truck and tow straps. He’s proud of the fact that’s “never lost a load.” He was laughing to himself while the guy next to us was trying to bring a tree home in his Maserati. His wife in her designer active wear and tiny chihuahua was icing on the comedy cake.
Madison has been busy this year with the holiday schedule at Best Buy, but Hallie and her bestie Trinity helped decorate. We had a lesson in getting holiday mesh to look plush and not pulled too tightly, sort of a perfectly imperfect look. And when I say “lesson” I mean I pulled the mesh off when they were done and redid it. I’m a terrible parent, I know. I couldn’t help myself.
Our Christmas tradition, since we first got married, was to give each other an ornament; something symbolic of a highlight from the year, a favorite hobby, or just anything personal. This ornament was from our first Christmas together. Why Pepe Le Pew and Penelope? It’s always been my favorite cartoon. I guess I’m a romantic. In fact, Pepe Le Pew and Penelope were the cake topper on our wedding cake.
We’ve moved so many times that this ornament is relevant almost every year!
Pretty sure I got his one for Rimmel. We watch Christmas Vacation every year. It’s a classic and it’s funny every time.
Madison made this one with her baseball picture. Precious.
This little angel has been our tree topper for 19 years. I made this ribbon angel when we were first married. The doll face and arms can be purchased at a hobby store. I selected two wired ribbons, gold for her wings and green for her body. I used a red metallic ribbon under the green to add volume. The ribbons are tied with floral wire and glued inside her torso. I used hot glue to glue her dress top to her body as well. Her halo is made from wire with gold stars. I tried to Google the official name of the product used for the halo but I’m not sure it’s even made anymore. If you’re my age, surely you recognize it. Anyway, she’s a beauty and she has graced our tree for years.
Our sentimental tree is sitting in the bay window of our kitchen nook. We hope to build this area out with a countertop for rolling out dough, a drop pendant for evening task lighting, and storage for large platters, baking sheets and cooling racks.