Tour de Christmas Tree

by Chris on December 9, 2010

Well, I’m certainly not one to miss out on a stream of parties, so I felt the need to participate with Sarah’s Christmas tree tour. Consider yourself forewarned, however. There are lots of pictures!

red green tree

Anyone who’s taken a picture of your Christmas tree understands just what a pain in the mistletoe it really is. I probably tried 4,263 settings on my camera to get it acceptable. Nothing’s as good as seeing it in person, is it?

country christmas tree

The thing about living in Michigan is that once Christmas ends, it simply signals the beginning of a long, cold winter ahead. Because of that, I like my tree to be warm and cozy—the opposite of the weather I’m walking in from! (Notice the snow in the background.)

red burlap christmas tree

As for how to make it cozy, it means warm colors, natural tones, and some obvious texture. My ornaments are a mishmash of glitz and and simplicity. I blend glittered berry garland with cut up strips of burlap, and I like a sparkly ornament next to a wood cut-out.

I bought the red and green ones from various stores, but I picked up a ton of unfinished craft ornaments last year. Since the most expensive one ran me about $ .50, I was more than happy to use plenty of them. They are my favorite ornaments on the tree!

                    let it snow      snowflake ornament

   snowflake ornament        glitter ornament     

   glittered pear        rustic ornament

          house ornament      red ornament

I guess this isn’t too bad of a reward to receive after a white-knuckled drive home from work! Of course, some hot cocoa and an 8-year old who won’t stop practicing for her Christmas concert always helps, too!

christmas family room



Kat December 9, 2010 at 3:12 am

I love your tree! It looks beautiful!!!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage December 9, 2010 at 3:16 am

Gorgeous tree! I know what you mean about photographing them, it's not easy. Your photos look great though!
Happy Holidays,

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality December 9, 2010 at 3:16 am

Chris, love your colors, it's all beautiful. And that snow! Wow, I can't imagine.

Come see my little tree too, OK?!

alittlefrenchloven December 9, 2010 at 3:17 am

Beautiful, you did a great job decorating. I love your red ornaments, just made it pop. =)

Beth@The Stories of A2Z December 9, 2010 at 3:18 am

Pain in the mistletoe to photograph indeed, but you pulled it off! Gorgeous! And the presents look gorgeous too. You need to repost your packaging post. You're the master!

Lani @ Diapers and Divas December 9, 2010 at 3:18 am

I love it! I'm so using the lime green next year…I'm just dying over it! And I totally feel you on the camera sitch…It just never looks exactly right! But yours looks great!!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart December 9, 2010 at 3:21 am

Your house is so clean? Do you really have kids? Please tell me you slaved all day to clean it up and take pictures, k? I love your tree too. It definitely is warm and cozy. But presents already wrapped? Seriously? Are you wonderwoman? Mine won't get wrapped til the last minute, I'm sure.
Besides being pea-green with envy…I really do think your tree is gorgeous!

Shaunna December 9, 2010 at 3:21 am

Beautiful…can't wait to get mine set up now. I want to curl up on your couch with some coffee and a book. :) shaunna

Rachelle December 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

*Golf clap*

Love it, Chris. Gorgeous as always.


Simply Stated ~ Rebecca December 9, 2010 at 3:42 am

Beautiful! Have a wonderful week ~ Rebecca

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish December 9, 2010 at 3:45 am

Beautiful!!! Love your color scheme!! Just too pretty!!! And I cannot believe that you have wrapped presents! Just a girl? How about Wonder Girl!!

junkgarden December 9, 2010 at 4:14 am

I LOVE it! Just beautiful and your photos are lovely. Great job!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top December 9, 2010 at 4:35 am

Your tree is beautiful! Just the right mix of everything. The presents look really pretty too. :)

Susan December 9, 2010 at 5:16 am

Yay for mixing!! I also use rustic ornaments (red tin stars) w/ glittery, shiny (gold sparkly balls).

Gorgeous tree!!

Amy December 9, 2010 at 5:36 am

Your tree (and living room) are beautiful! I hope to get our Christmas tree up this weekend.

Giggles December 9, 2010 at 6:19 am

Vibrant and classy! Love the ambience! There is nothing like seeing it in person!

Lil' Woman December 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

I love your tree…it def. look comfy and cozy, I can take a nap in your tree…lol

House Revivals December 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

Your tree looks magical — very sweet and warm and welcoming!

Irene December 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

Picture perfect!
We keep our tree up between our kids' birthdays, that's about a month and h half, which is a lovely cure for winter blues.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut December 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

Beautiful! Warm and cozy it is!

Battfam December 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I love the way you decorated the tree. I like the mix of ornaments and textures.

Debra from Bungalow December 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Beautiful tree. I love the red!
And your pics probably don't look half as good as it really looks. :)

Jenglamgirl December 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm

What a gorgeous tree and mantel. Love the natural elements you tied in with glitter and twinkles. The whole room looks fab. Jen

Richella December 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Oh, how beautiful. It's just lovely. And this is one of the times of year I really miss Michigan. I loved the snow in December. Of course, come March, I was not so fond of it, but in December. . .? It's magical!

LOVE the last photo of your warm and inviting room!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely December 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Beautiful tree!!! Beautiful room really! :)

Skooks December 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Another Michigander here. I know how you feel! It's borderline ridiculous how long winter lasts around here. LOVE the tree. :)

Shannon December 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Your tree looks great! I love it! I really love the burlap and I too love the natural mixed with sparkle. :)

Tiffany December 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I remember when you made that wreath over the mantle and it's been on my list ever since. Did you use boas for it? And any chance you remember about how many of them it took?

Belinda December 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm

How beautiful!

Gloria Fox December 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm


kimert December 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I'm with you! It is SO hard to get the perfect picture of a lit Christmas tree. I love your pics though. They turned out great and your tree is gorgeous! I also LOVE the beautiful, simplicity of your mantel!

pollydove December 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Your tree is beautiful! I guess you figured out the right camera setting because it really does look great in your photos … but you are right, there's nothing like seeing the tree in person! A photo usually doesn't do it justice.

Brook December 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Beautiful!! Love the color scheme. I can't believe the snow! Eek! My kids would love it but Brrr…

Natalie@Endless Crafting December 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Gorgeous tree!

Country Dreaming December 10, 2010 at 2:53 am

Looks very cozy and festive.


Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:20 am

Yes, it IS a pain to take a picture of the tree and all the lights; I've had trouble before. Going to try it again tonight. I'm trying both night time and day time photos. Daytime photos are HARD, since the tree is in front of a window, and there is glare.ugh!

your tree is so pretty!

twolittletots December 10, 2010 at 4:54 am

Beautiful tree! And I agree…taking a great picture of a tree is hard work.

But, your gifts look so pretty under there…can you do a post about them? I love the wrapping paper!

Elaine A. December 10, 2010 at 5:30 am

Your tree is gorgeous, as is your mantle! Merry Christmas!!

Chrystie December 10, 2010 at 7:25 am

Beautiful!! Love it!

The House of Healy December 10, 2010 at 8:08 am

Um, okay, *gorgeous*!!! What a great tree. I love how the LR is decorated too! I love tons of photos, because it helps you see the whole thing!!

Madigan at madiganmade December 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I love the reds and greens. A classic look, and a gorgeous tree!

Lettered Cottage December 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

WOW! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your tree!!!
From the decorations, to the shape of the tree, to the way the branches look- it's ALL BEAUTIFUL! :-)


And I LOVE your wrapping paper choices too! :-)

Relevant Notes Blog December 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

That's so pretty!

Robin December 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

My 2 and half year old would have way too much fun with your tree! It is soooo beautiful!!! Maybe in a couple of years I can make a tree that wonderful!

P.S. Love your living room!! Gorgeous!

Michael - Innkeeper December 11, 2010 at 1:13 am

oh my! love the tree! love the mantel! love the room!

beautiful…. and those little houses on the tree. soo cute!

Lisa December 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm

your tree is one of the prettiest of seen, and there are some beauties out here in blogland right now! I love the burlap ribbon and the color scheme, and the fact that your presents under the tree are in red and green too! lovely!

Barb December 13, 2010 at 3:30 am

Great tree pictures Chris! Absolutely love it. You have gifts wrapped too, WOW.. I'm impressed. I agree with every persons who made a comment. I love the natural, simple, glittery, burlap, red and lime of ALL OF IT!!!! Good Job Sweetheart. I'm still trying to get cards out.


Handbags*N*Pigtails December 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm

This is beautiful! Im ready to come over, sit by the fire and open my presents.:)

Jennifer Rizzo December 15, 2010 at 2:36 am

I adore your little aqua tree! I bought a pink one for my girls room. So adorable! I love your other decorations too!

Jill Flory August 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

:) Christmas is about the only thing I like about winter. Your tree is lovely! And I’m so excited because I finally got your posts to show up in my inbox! I had subscribed by email quite some time ago and it never worked. So I tried again through your RSS feed button and picked the email option and it worked! YAY!

Jamie August 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I love your blog! We have lived in our house 3 years and still don’t have it completely decorated! Two main things I wanna makeover are my children’s rooms. In the summer months my two year old decided it was “cool” to wake up at 5:00 in the morning because it was “light” out. My husband put up this huge/dark/ugly blanket over his window to keep the light out, it worked, but it is an eye sore!!!!!

Do you know of a website or store where I can find some cute black-out curtains that aren’t such an eye sore???
Please e~mail if you have any ideas!!!!

Bev December 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! I *thought* I really didn’t want to bother putting up a tree this year, but you’re post is tugging at my heart! ;)

Chris December 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Thank you, Bev! How very nice of you!

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