Wednesday, November 30, 2011

life (layhf) | christmas tree

We do small amounts of Christmas decorating at best.  Right after Turkey Day we typically hang our stockings and random decorations.  That's usually the extent of decorating for the holidays because I'm a minimalist when it comes to home decor.  I hate entertaining and the cleaning required in order to do so which is why I hardly keep my place looking like a page out of Architecture's Digest.  My idea of making a place "homey" is to decorate it with bare necessities (ie: pictures of family and friends, black & white photography, a lot of un-used wall space and no furniture that would allow me to store "clutter").  

Needless to say, I don't really like to do much that requires a routine up-keep, which is why we never really bought a tree before.  Although the idea of having it is so great, what's worse is the thought of cleaning up the mess after the holidays.  However, this is the year that it all changes.  We got...(drum roll please) a REAL Christmas tree.  Talk about messy!


I finally put my big girl shoes on and sucked up the fact that I have a big (HUGE) mess to deal with after the holidays, but for now I'm going to enjoy this moment.  Something about having a fully decorated and well scented tree makes me want to Irish Coffee all season long.

Christmas tree collage

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|If you celebrate Christmas, what are your thoughts on decorating? Do you think it's too much effort for such a small amount of time?|

12 comments:

LC said...

the tree is cute! i`m sure it`ll be well worth the clean up! i`ve never had a real tree before, due to allergies, but i bet it smells great!

lisa - archives vintage said...

aw, i love that bagel and mojo have stockings! :)

Healthy and Homemade said...

Awwww such a pretty tree!! It's my favorite time of year again hooray!

SassyUptownChic said...

Hey Tabitha! I'm a minimalist too! Girl everything has it's place and I like that. Christmas is different for me each year. I went all out and decorated this year, but I won't be home this year so just threw a wreath on the door and a tiny tree. I love your Christmas tree and real ones do smell good. Keep it watered girl! Prevents them from drying out! Wishing you a wonderful day! :D
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Mel said...

I love Christmas! I don't like dealing with the mess of a real tree so, we have a 9' pre-lit fake tree in our place and it's beautiful! People can scoff all they want about it not smelling like Christmas...that's what candles & Bath & Body Works wallflowers are for! Smells like Christmas in my place! ;)

Piper Alexander said...

I've never had a real tree, since living on my own, at least, but I was really tempted to get a small table one this year. Oh well... maybe next year.

laura said...

I love your tree-- so simple and pretty. I don't like to decorate too much, which always puts my other relatives in hissy fits because they decorate to the nines. I'll have a tree and... maybe cookies. because cookies are decor, right?

♥ laura
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Katie said...

We had pretty minimal decorations the first couple of years we were married, but once I had a whole house I could decorate all bets were off lol.

Rebecca said...

I don't usually have a tree, because my living room is so small. My cats and dog have their own stockings!

Elena said...

So pretty! I definitely think it's worth it. I had a real tree growing up until the end of high school, but not yet on my own. Maybe next year!

Courtney Erin said...

I actually just finished getting my house all decorated - I tend to go a little nuts at Christmas.

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Amy Creyer said...

No I don't think it's too much effort. I believe in putting effort into things that are temporary, because of the value in the effort itself. Style is very Zen in that way.

I'm sad that I don't have a little Christmas tree yet, I think I'm going to go buy one next weekend.

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