It may only be the 5th of December, but we’ve had our tree up for weeks! We decided to do things a little differently than usual here in the Campbell house for Christmas and I’m looking forward to sharing with you our tree decorating process!
Real v. Faux
Both Sam and I grew up with real Christmas trees. We both have fond memories of the traditions our parents instilled in us centered around picking out and putting up a Christmas tree, so we naturally went for a real tree the first two years of our marriage. Well, let’s just say, we sadly have some NOT-so-fond memories involving those trees ranging from bug infestation, to wanting to throw the tree away with the lights still on, to having serious marriage talks centered around tree stands. #BAHhumbug
This year, we were not only on the fence about going for a real tree again from past experiences, but we were also worried how Dallas would do with a ginormous tree in the living room covered in balls that looked like fun toys. Sam and I decided pretty quickly that it was finally the year to go faux!
I’ve always wanted a flocked tree… so I had to go for it! I did my research and settled on this option. It had everything I wanted – tall and thin, flocked unevenly (to make it look more ‘natural’), pre-lit with non-LED lights (I prefer warm tones as opposed to cool-tones the LEDs give off), and it was an amazing price!
So, what are my thoughts?! I’m happy to report that we absolutely LOVE our tree! Here’s why:
- It was so easy to assemble (as said by Sam, the assembler) and though I was worried about how much ‘fluffing’ it would need from being in a box, it actually wasn’t that bad!
- Though it did shed a lot of the flocking upon assembly, it’s not shed since! Praise hands for not vacuuming every day and worrying about Dallas eating pine needles!
- Speaking of Dallas, he tried to eat it 3 times after we put it up. After 3 stern ‘NO SIR’s…. he’s left it alone ever since! Since it doesn’t smell or shed, I truly think he doesn’t even notice it anymore! #angel
- I love the way the flocking looks!
- No watering!
- We were able to put it up early – the weekend before Thanksgiving! I’ve always decorated trees post-turkey, but we said ‘why not!’ with our faux tree! We’ve both loved being able to enjoy it longer, without the stress of only having a few weeks to enjoy. I also think putting it up early may give more motivation to put it away post-Christmas!
- It was SO much fun to decorate! The trees I grew up with (Silvertip) were lovely to decorate because of the spacing, but hard to put ribbon or additional elements on because the branches are so dainty. Though our faux tree is similar in shape to a Silvertip, it obviously has a bit more strength with its faux branches… so I was able to really go for it with the decorating!
Which leads me to….
Decorating Our Tree
I absolutely love a good themed tree. I’ve done a different theme every year I started getting my own trees, so I wanted to continue the tradition with this faux version. When deciding on a theme this year, I knew I had to stick to my roots: blue & white! When I found ginger jar ornaments via Williams Sonoma (which have since sold out – check your local store!) I knew I had to go for it! For additional ornaments, I had a miscellaneous collection of neutrals already, but filled in gaps from new ones from Hobby Lobby. The ribbon and pearl fillers are from Hobby Lobby as well (OBSESSED with Hobby Lobby!). I’ve always admired big, dramatic, Southern Christmas trees from my years of reading Southern home decor magazines, so this was truly my first chance to go for it myself!
I have to say… I love the way she came out! I totally winged the ribbon, but I love it! And the big bow on top? I just YouTubed a bunch of tutorials and blended them together. That was really my only frustrating part in decorating, as the ribbon I chose was super heavy and hard to stay on the top of the tree without weighing it down. Somehow, with a lot of tweaking, I got it up and haven’t breathed on it since! So, without further ado… here she is (in detail) in all her glory!
Though I constantly see things I could jush, I absolutely love her and she makes me happy every time I turn her on! I’ve loved working from home with her lit up bright and I still can’t get over the ginger jar ornaments! I mean… made for me, right?!
Overall, we are officially team #fauxtree here in the Campbell household! One day, if we’re blessed to have kiddos, I can see us getting a real tree again and decorating it with all the keepsake ornaments that are so special. However, this lady is always going to need her faux flocked tree from here on out! But let’s face it, I pray that I have a tree in every room of our home someday! Perhaps I’ll do a blue & white beauty in a formal living room, do another tree in our master bedroom, do a themed tree in a guest room for Christmas visitors…… the options are endless when you get ABC inside a Hobby Lobby!
Me and my pine scented candles are making up for the lack of smell… but overall, I think Christmas trees are special no matter how we pick them out and decorate them! It’s been fun to share our tree with y’all, and I’m wishing you a very merry season of admiring your own tree day in and out!