A Little Christmas Around the Apartment

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We’ve decked the halls, and I’ve been loving every second of sitting next to our Christmas tree! Minneapolis was blanketed in a huge snowfall last night {pictures tomorrow!}, so our Christmas decor seems all the more festive!

I won’t lie to you. Our tree is a fake. I know, I know…how could we? Where’s our sense of holiday cheer? Of tradition? Of that sweet spirit and pine smell of Christmas?

Well…a real tree fell on me once. So that was the end of that whole tradition. And vacuuming pine needles is theΒ worst. So bah humbug. I love our little fake tree. πŸ˜‰

Christmas DecorBecause my mom is an interior designer, we always had a “designer tree” growing up…like the ones you see walking through the malls or model homes. We didn’t hang the handmade ornaments we made in school because they {obviously} didn’t match the “design.”

Now, before you think “Oh how sad! What a horrible childhood! All those memories lost!”, I have to tell you that IΒ lovedΒ our family’s “designer” tree. The ornaments were always ornate and sparkly. My mom would let my sisters and I do the decorating, like we were little “tree designers,” and she’d fill in any patches we might have missed. I so enjoyed holding those beautiful gold bulbs or crystal snowflakes, deciding the “best spot” Β on the tree for each one.

Now, Darrin’s family has a huge tree loaded with memories of his popsicle-stick school projects, anniversaries, baby pictures, cartoon characters, etc, and that tree is lovely. We’ll spend at least a half hour detailing the memory attached to each ornament. It’s a special kind of timeline or diary that’s read once a year. I love it.Β But I also love these twinkling, “designer” ornaments that I inherited from my mom and all the memories attached to them. To each his or her own, I guess!

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a marvelous Thursday!Β Have you decorated for the holidays? Or started any fun holiday traditions? πŸ™‚


  • Reply Sarah Heckle December 5, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Your coffee table tea light candle holder is so cool! I love the red ‘ribbon’ running through it. Also, that little stained glass nativity is perfection. Makes me smile πŸ™‚
    We haven’t gotten our Christmas tree yet. We’re getting a real one and don’t want to put it up too early – I like to make it last until the New Year without becoming a fire hazard, haha!

  • Reply Grace Beekman December 6, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Oh I forgot about all the sticky sap! My parents’ puppies love the tree…it must be the lights or something that cause dogs to snuggle up beneath the tree…sometimes I want to join them! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Jamie December 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Yes, can’t forget the sap. My dog seems to love licking and attempting to eat leaves and tree trunks.. so I think if she had endless access inside it would be less of a place to nap and more of a snack fest πŸ˜‰

  • Reply jennifer prod December 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

    you’re the master at making small spaces feel decorative – and while i leave your christmas tree, i’m truly all about that ‘ain’t no mountain high enough’ sign in the background. it’s gorgeous and i’m jealous.

  • Reply waitingformeg December 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Wow, so festive! I love your photos, you take stunning pictures! And your tree, it’s so homey.

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