The vintage tabletop aluminum tree made its appearance again this year. I was sure I’d get something full size to fill the grand bay window, but, ultimately, just couldn’t decide on anything better. Truthfully, it’s because I’m ready to move. Do you get that itch? We have no other prospects, and haven’t even been looking, but we’ve lived here for just over five years and I’ve decorated (and redecorated) every inch of this rental. I’m ready for a new challenge. Pushing pause on buying a new tree made the most sense.
But I still love this little retro charmer – a kind of Charlie Brown Goes Glam hybrid, the perfect backdrop for our best Christmas yet!
Bea’s First Christmas!
I’ll curb the cliches, but having a child at Christmastime is pure joy – even if she only cares about eating stray bits of aluminum tinsel at this point. It’s been sweet to have open and unfussy chats about the kinds of ongoing traditions we’d like to establish for our family. And there’s a truer depth and beauty as we observe Advent as a family of three.
Boasting an assortment of brightly hued round ornaments collected over the years, the tree decorations were the simplest to date. Silver and gold and color! Just how I like it.
And when you own a gold trunk that looks like a giant shiny present it’s the obvious choice for the treetop perch.
One thing that isn’t as noticeable in these photos are the white string lights I added to the windows. I talked about this last year, but since lights on an aluminum tree are a no-no for the risk of fire, I definitely miss that warm Christmas glow once it gets dark. So I trimmed each of the windows with a few strands of inexpensive mini lights, then topped it off with another strand woven through some tinsel garland draped above. Now their warm twinkle offers the dreamiest ambiance as the sun sets – helpful, considering that’s basically at 4pm. *weeps bitterly*
On the other side of the room, my DIY Painted Christmas Village also made its return. I’m feeling sentimental because I was six months pregnant while making this last year, imagining my future little girl looking forward to displaying the deliciously girly pink and red village for years to come. Sure, she may not look thrilled now, but she will be. Please let her be.
A statement on its own, the tiny town didn’t need too much dressing up, but I couldn’t resist adding an extra layer via thick red tinsel garland. I love that it basically looks like a flashy feather boa. And yes, that is a crack in the steeple from when I dropped it (too many times) and then used wood glue and tape to cobble it back together.
I don’t think I’ve shown the below view much, if at all, but I love seeing from one room into another for context. Don’t worry, the pack n play will surely return, but we’re hosting a party later this week so I thought I’d tidy up this area a bit. I’ve had that rubber plant for three years and after a fateful run-in with a placement too near a floor heat vent it lost the bulk of its leaves. I pruned it in hopes that it would recover, but it never has. Strangely it also hasn’t completely died. The leaves remaining are somewhat thriving, it just refuses to grow any more. Any tips?
In the past I’ve typically used my one long strand of silver garland around the staircase bannister, but as it was currently in use in the window I had to come up with something new. I haphazardly draped bulb string lights, then added my, oft used elsewhere, but never before in the entry, Confetti System garland. The mix of soft peaches and blushes in the mostly white room are so delicate, making a quiet statement.
And the reason I had all these extra garlands to play with is because I went completely understated in the dining room – totally contradicting all the stuff I said last year about Christmas not being Christmas without a ceiling dripping with garlands… The gold tinsel wreath is the only new decoration I bought this year. Found at a thrift store for $3 it’s exactly what I’d been hoping for to dress up that artwork. A mix of red and various green taper candles grace the center of the table. And that’s it. Basically if there were an unofficial theme for this year’s holiday decor it would be “Understated Because I Was Just Too Tired.”
Yes, having a child at Christmastime is pure joy, and also makes decorating/everything way harder.
But ughh! That gummy grin. And Costanza-like pose. This girl just slays me. Looking forward to Christmas memory-making with this sweet one for years to come.
BRB, just crying over the future I’ve dreamed up.