Monday, November 29, 2010

[ trimming the tree ]

WITH ALL THE snow we got on Friday, it really got me into the Christmas spirit! Time to put up the tree!

A couple of years ago we bought a big 9' pre-lit tree which saves a lot of time when you don't have to untangle strings of lights. The downside is that it's so heavy we can barely lift it and we've never managed to get it to fit back into its box so it's stored in various chunks in the basement. So it's always a bit of a wrestling match to get it up the stairs with the bins of decorations. whew!


Putting up the tree is by far my favourite part of the holiday prep. For years I've been picking up an ornament anytime we travel, as well as finding a couple of really special ones each year. Unwrapping each one brings back so many lovely memories.










And speaking of all that snow, in addition to the foot we got on Friday, we woke up to another 6-8 inches! No wonder I was thinking Christmas! More decorating to come...

lisa

25 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh your tree is just lovely, well done. Can't believe that snow - wowza!

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

WOW -- your tree is *gorgeous*!!
I collect ornaments while on vacation too.
I hope to start the whole 'getting things up from the basement' process this week!
Enjoy the snow!!

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Gorgeous Tree and Gorgeous snow! I so wish it would snow here at Christmas time. I love all your ornaments from places you have traveled...very good idea.

Sherry said...

So nice to see you and your lovely home again, Lisa.

xoSherry

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love your tree!!! The whites looks so beautiful and classy!

Meeling said...

Your tree is beautiful! Huge too...I do a little one, because I'd have nowhere to store it in the off season. I'm just starting to get my boxes of decorations out. I'm looking forward to setting it all up.

You really did get a lot of snow!!

April said...

Your tree is gorgeous ♥

We got a 6.5' pre-lit tree this year... I do love not having to hang lights. We have had snow everyday for a week... and we'll be getting more snow everyday for at least the next 2 weeks. I'm not wild about snow.

Pinecone Camp said...

I've been so out of action, I've got to catch up with your posts!
Your tree looks gorgeous. I can't believe all the snow you have. We've had half that and it made my day.

Kare said...

Your tree is beautiful!! I am so not ready for all that snow....yikes!!

Felicity said...

At first glance I thought that wreath was a nut-covered donut. : x

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Wow, that means snow is surely coming for us in WI! That tree is astounding. I love it!

Privet and Holly said...

Lisa, your tree is
MAGIC!!
We have a similar
sized pre-lit and
this is how we store
it: standing up in
the garage with a
cover that protects
it from head to toe.
(The very top of the
tree stores inside,
so it isn't 9ft tall
in the storeage bag.)
Makes bringing it in
and setting it up so
much easier. That, in
fact, is as far as we
have gotten, but I'm
hoping to add more this
week.
Happy Monday!
xx Suzanne

Anna Liesemeyer said...

WOW!!! Your tree is unbelievably gorgeous!
We have lots of homemade ornaments on our tree from years of gifts from siblings and grandparents:D
Have a wonderful week!
<3

Kellie Collis said...

What a lovely Christmas tree! I love that there are pieces that brings back sweet memories to you. It's the spirit of Christmas! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

Kylie Sarley, Bandelle said...

Your tree looks beautiful and I love the personal ornaments. We collect a couple each year and you are totally right -- they bring back memories.

maureencracknell said...

So beautiful!!! I am so ready for the snow and for us to have our tree! Yours is just gorgeous!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Your tree is just gorgeous! Last year, my dad gave us a hand-me-down pre-lit tree. Well, the thing weighs about 100 pounds, and then when we put it up the lights didn't work! So Mr. Deer cut off every, single, tiny twinkling light so we could put new lights up! Christmas = chaos, lol! XX!

mydesignchic said...

Oh my, your tree looks fabulous...so jealous yours is up!!
So many happy memories when putting on the ornaments...love it!!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your tree is very beautiful and I love all the meaning your ornaments have to you! We have one of those heavy trees two - stored in 2 parts - I can't even lift it!

Coco Coterie said...

Wow, look at that snow! Your tree is lovely ~ Have fun today ~ xox Alexandra

The Zhush said...

You are so way ahead of the game that I can't help but to be a bit jealous! :) Everything, including the snow, looks beautiful!

christine, just bella said...

You tree looks gorgeous! and look at all that snow... welcome to Canada, right?

a place and a space said...

I love your Christmas tree! It is stunning. I also have a special little place in my heart for your Ireland ornament...we have the SAME ornament to remind us of our Ireland trip! How crazy is that? :)

Pearl said...

That is a beautiful BEATUIFUL tree!!
I love white decor!
good job!!!


Pearl

Anonymous said...

Pois e realmente um programa maravilhoso ver o desfile de 20 de setembro em Piratini. Em 2007 eu fui pela primeira vez assisti-lo e fiquei emocionada, e um desfile muito lindo feito com alma por cada um daqueles gauchos que la vivem. Vale a pena..

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