In previous years (2011, 2010, 2009), I haven’t felt very inspired by my Christmas decorations. So for the majority of 2012, I marinated on what kind of decorations I wanted. Growing up, I was always fond of my dad’s 7 foot cactus that he decorated with strings of chili lights. I brought up several similar, unusual ideas to Rob, including decorating a fiddle leaf fig, but he was sure he wanted a more traditional tree. So we compromised on a white tree.
I love it. The stark contrast between the tree and the ornaments took some getting used to, but I love how it simply acts as a backdrop to our sentimental ornaments.
I already had some bronze ornaments purchased from Hobby Lobby during our first Christmas, that I still loved, but I picked up some larger sized ornaments to add interest. The new white tree has a bit of a purple undertone to it, so I grabbed some purple ornaments to ease any clashing that it caused. I also picked up some fabric to act as a tree skirt. It’s a modern plaid with purple-toned grays and mustard yellows, which perfectly compliments the purple ornaments and the yellows I have through the house. Too bad I only purchased one yard when I should have purchased three, oops.
I also DIY’ed my own garland. First was wood beads that I simply strung onto fishing line. I didn’t buy enough of the wood beads either, so I’ll have to make another trip to Hobby Lobby. Woe is me (she said sarcastically).
The second garland is cinnamon sticks and star anise strung on that same fishing line. I purchased the spices in bulk bags from a local Asian market. Fun Fact: I used star anise as decorations at our wedding reception. So the spice has a special meaning to us.
Speaking of our wedding, we celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary this year in Disney World, where we spent our Honeymoon (of course). We have made a tradition of visiting some Disney resort every year since and we always pick up an ornament or two. This year’s official ornament we had custom painted to commemorate the anniversary.
And Rob picked out a Pixar ornament for himself.
Speaking of Rob, we were given an ornament that belonged to Rob’s grandmother featuring Rob himself. Don’t you just want to pinch those cheeks? I do it daily…
I had to include this image of last year’s Disney ornament from our cruise. The way the light shines through the blue-colored glass makes my socks go up and down.
I had a few ornaments left over to spill around the house. I continue to fall in love over and over again with the bronze and purple ornaments. I can’t, and won’t, get over them.
I’m much happier with this year’s decorations. Next year, I hope to elaborate on them. A Nativity and Advent Calendar are on my To Do list!