Evan and I are enjoying our third, married Christmas this year. It’s hard to believe we are in year three! He and I have decided not to decorate before Thanksgiving, like a lot of you do (Nothing wrong with that! We just prefer to wait).
We have made it a tradition to start decorating Thanksgiving night, and this year was no different. He brought down all of the decorations that morning before we went to lunch with his family. He thought he would feel more up to climbing steps before our thanksgiving feasts rather than after! Boy, was he right! We enjoyed spending time with my sister and her family so much that we got home a little later than we expected. I put out a few things when we got home, but we were so exhausted from the day we put the majority of it off until the weekend.
I work in retail, so of course I worked that Friday, but Evan got the day off! He spent the day putting the tree together, stringing lights on the back pergola, hanging garland on the front door, AND installing a new light fixture his mom bought for us! He truly is a GEM!
This year, I decided to upgrade my tree topper to something a little more earthy and modern. In the past I used a big bow with several picks coming out of it. I went to Patina the weekend of Thanksgiving and told Marty, the owner, my vision and she helped me pick out some great picks for my tree topper. We went with three holly berry picks and lots of eucalyptus picks. Marty also explained to me how to arrange the picks. She said I need a thriller, filler, and spiller. The holly berry picks are my “thriller”, the eucalyptus picks beneath that are my “filler”, and the ones beneath that pointing out are my “spiller.” I have always done my potted plants this way, but have never heard it worded the way she worded it. I love it! I wanted to keep the traditional red and green colors, so I used a Christmas plaid ribbon that I found at Wal-Mart to tie in the topper colors. I am pleased with how it turned out.
My big tree is filled with an assortment of ornaments that I have collected over the past five years or so. I do not like to do “filler” type ornaments, so my tree could stand more ornaments. I like to find ornaments when we travel, and just when I see something I like. I have so many local ornaments that I love, like “Gus’s Fried Chicken” painted by local artist, Jenny Robbins. I also like to find pretty Lenox and Waterford ornaments at TJMAXX every year. My tree is definitely not FULL of ornaments, but one day it will be.
Evan and I haven’t accumulated a whole lot of Christmas decorations yet. I am loving what we do have though and having a stairwell and dining room to decorate 🙂Patina
Right:Pottery Barn | Magnolia Garland: Patina
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I have an obsession with PJ sets, so of course I had to have this when I saw it was half off on cyber Monday! Well, it is still half off y’all! I am wearing a small for size reference!
We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Plaid Christmas Party this weekend, so stay tuned for more Christmas blog posts! Hope you enjoyed this post! Evan and I had fun shooting these photos with my early Christmas present, Canon Rebel T7! Looking forward to many more married Christmases! Slow down and enjoy the season, y’all!