Whenever I am putting up the ornaments on our tree, I vacillate between loving a crazy mix of ornaments collected over the years (what we have) and wanting some sort of theme or specific color scheme like the gorgeous and sophisticated ones you see in magazines.
I'm fairly certain, though, that if I went all in on a theme or specific color, that would last for one year or two and then I'd want something new and have to start over. Anyway, I've mentioned I'm pretty nostalgic and I like the memories or feelings the ornaments we have conjure up.
Much like with wrapping paper, I tend to stay away from super Christmas-specific ornaments like Santas, reindeer, gifts, and the like. I like quirky, I like a mix of materials. We have wood, metal, glass, porcelain, fabric, and paper ornaments. I'm pretty sure growing up in a half-Jewish household where we didn't make a huge deal of Christmas has a lot to do with it. With my own children, we do a little more than I grew up with, and we're building our own traditions. We try not to go overboard and we purchase the "big gift" and let Santa take care of the fun extras, so that the girls will always know the real point of the holiday. They're both really into the tree and Cupcake was able to help decorate again. I'm really looking forward to next year when Sunshine can help put up the unbreakable ornaments and hang the candy canes with us.
I know they look the least Christmassy of all, but I really love these totem ornaments. And a tree full of the white pine cones and white and gold mini ornaments would be stunning. The feathers and botanicals in jars are interesting (and something that you could probably DIY) and matched with the clip on butterflies and maybe some deep green and blue ornaments could make for an enchanted forest kind of tree. Also - cat ladies (and gentlemen): paper poinsettias not poisonous to felines! ;)
How do you decorate your tree?
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