It’s finally here! Christmas time also know as my favorite holiday and the most joyful season of them all. This one, in particular, is extra sweet and special. Last Christmas we were still unpacking boxes in our new build, so the fact that we get to decorate and really enjoy the entire process makes it extra special. Also, this Christmas will be our first Christmas as a married couple!
There’s definitely a lot to be thankful for amidst the craziness and uncertainties that COVID-19 has brought to our household and our world. So, if decorating for the holidays, makes us feel better – why not get to it?!
I’ll be sharing my Christmas tree and will share other spots in my home the next few weeks where we are decorating – slowly but surely. First of all, I wanted to share how I start the process of decorating the tree because I feel like this can be overwhelming for some people.
Since this is our first Christmas in our home, we had to purchase a tree! We decided on this 9 ft tree from The Home Depot. It is absolutely lovely and has a realistic vibe to it! The tree has multiple different lighting settings and comes with a remote control. You can have the lights flickering throughout the night or leave them still. If you’re into multi-colored lights, you can also set them to that setting.
We also got this wreath and garland that match to add to it. Those are both really neat because they come pre-lit and the battery box is on the back. They also have a timer setting and stay on for 6 and off for 18 hours! You won’t have to remember to turn it off every night.
We then decided on a color scheme and got some inspiration from Pinterest as well as already decorated trees in stores. I also rounded up some inspiration on my color themes blog. We went for neutrals and a pop of color which also happens to be our accent color – navy blue! After knowing what kind of route to go, we selected ornaments, picks and ribbon that had those colors in it.
Once the tree is all fluffed, we start out by adding the picks where we like them and see bigger holes. We then pick out the bigger ornaments and start by filling the bottom and working our way up the tree. We also pick out the middle-sized ones and start filling the gaps and then consequently adding the smallest ones. My recommendation is to get more of the ornaments that are neutrals and only a few of the accent color. This way, you’ll invest more in pieces that can work for multiple seasons instead of having to purchase all new ornaments each year.
We finish off by adding ribbon to the tree. With this being our first year decorating, we opted to get two really nice ribbons. We hope to pick out another one next year, if we decide to do the same color scheme, and add to it. A nice hack I learned by watching tutorials on YouTube was to cut the ribbon about two feet each time. This gives it the illusion that the tree is wrapped in ribbon without having to do all of the work! Genius. I just tucked the ends within the branches, and I think it looks pretty fabulous!
We really wanted a star topper but couldn’t find just the right one. So, we decided to do picks this year at the top. If you try this at home or any of my Christmas decorating tips, let me know in the comments. I hope you enjoy decorating for Christmas as much as I do.
If you’d like to recreate this look, I found similar ornaments, ribbons, and picks at some of my favorite retailers.