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Monday, December 09, 2013

Our very first Christmas tree!

Ever since we met six years ago, Alex and I have talked about getting a Christmas tree for about three minutes in December, and then decided against it. We go to California for the holidays every year, so buying a tree in New York first felt sort of unnecessary. But now that Toby is three—and totally into all things Christmas—we wanted to get a tree for him to decorate and start some family rituals.
So one night last week, after the boys were in bed, Alex snuck out and got a tree from a stand down our block. It was the perfect Goldilocks size: Not too big and not too little. When Toby woke up the next morning, we told him we had a surprise in the living room, and he walked out slowly and completely awestruck. "A tree," he whispered, eyes big as saucers.
We made a plan to decorate it together that evening, so after school, Toby and I went to CVS to buy ornaments. I told him he could pick out whatever he liked, and he chose red bulbs, plastic pinecones and a gold garland. (CVS nailed it!)
But the pièce de résistance was this "Best Teacher!" apple ornament. When we were at CVS, Toby loved it so much and carried it all around the store. I explained that it said, "Best Teacher!" and was really for teachers, and he thought it over for a moment and then asked, "But the pinecones are for boys?" I nodded. So we put the apple ornament back on the shelf, and bought the rest of the decorations. For the rest of the day, however, he kept talking dreamily about the apple ornament and how beautiful it was, so as I was putting him to bed later, I said, "Toby, even though that apple ornament said 'Best Teacher!' it was also so beautiful. Maybe we should just get it, what do you think?" And he said, with the cutest nonchalance, "Yeah, Mama, you know, maybe we should just get it." And so Alex went back to CVS the next day and brought it right home:)
So, that night, we cranked up cheesy Christmas music, and invited our two friends down from the 17th floor to drink spiked egg nog and eat pistachios.
We wrapped 300 tiny white lights around the tree...
...drank too much egg nog...
...and hung the ornaments.
Anton stayed up late (until 8pm!! rock star!!!) to be part of the festivities.
It was such a great night, and I'm excited to start traditions for our family, like always drinking egg nog and eating pistachios, and always giving the boys one special ornament each year. What other rituals and traditions do you have? (People's awesome rituals were so inspiring last year.)
Side note: Now we're just wondering what to put on top of the tree. Do you have a star? An angel? Something different?
Hurray!!! Now that we've seen how awesome it is to have a tree, WE CANNOT BELIEVE WE WAITED THIS LONG!!!! What were we thinking all those years?!!! It makes the house look so cozy, and even getting up for a glass of water in the middle of the night feels festive:) Do you have a Christmas tree? What do you celebrate this time of year? Hope you're having a really wonderful holiday season so far.
(The finished tree from this past weekend:)

(Thanks to our friends R&K for taking most of these photos)

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Jillian said...

Darling! Those little pajamas and feet are too sweet.

We found and set up our Christmas tree this weekend too! Post coming soon once it's decorated! :)

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kendra said...

we do a star. Target has some really cute and cheap ones right now. Or you can do a fun bow.
Having a tree is the best. My favorite tradition that i plan to carry on one day is to sleep under the tree the first night it's decorated.

Melissa Monk said...

The teacher ornament kills me. So cute! And fair enough! He loves it, so why not? :)

We have a vintage glass tree topper for ours! It's one of those tall pointy things. Very pretty. We've actually been collecting vintage ornaments for a few years and have enough to do an entire tree.

Melissa said...

I cant believe either you guys went so many years without one! It has such a nice ambiance at night and really gets you into the Christmas spirit.

Every year we go and cut one down from a tree farm. I would recommend taking Toby next time to pick one out, even if its pre cut from the corner. I have such great memories as a kid doing that with my Dad :)

We have a gold sparkly star on the top of our tree (I think its from hobby lobby.

Melissa said...

I cant believe either you guys went so many years without one! It has such a nice ambiance at night and really gets you into the Christmas spirit.

Every year we go and cut one down from a tree farm. I would recommend taking Toby next time to pick one out, even if its pre cut from the corner. I have such great memories as a kid doing that with my Dad :)

We have a gold sparkly star on the top of our tree (I think its from hobby lobby.

Colby Brin said...

A parent really should be a kid's best teacher, so I think the apple ornament is totally organic and works on multiple levels.

I think you should top the tree with either a bear, for California, or a deer, for Michigan.

Get a little Da Vinci code with it.

Gabriella said...

Lovely! My family would always buy a Christmas ornament wherever we went on vacation, so over the years our tree became a great collage of memories of our trips together. It's still so much fun to look at it now.

deej said...

We live in they Bay Area, CA (I moved from NYC about 8 years ago). Every Christmas we travel to NYC, London or Jamaica to spend time with my family. We started our tradition of getting a small tree that our daughter (now 4 years old) picks out. Her choice. We decorate it with ornaments sent to us from my mom in NYC. We play Christmas carols while decorating this tiny tree. It is super fun. Now we have a 7 week old boy and we have decided to add ornaments with their pictures or names on the tree. Before we take off for our travels, we donate the tree to another family.

Very similar to yours!!!

Unknown said...

http://www.georgjensen.com/global/seasonal/christmas-tree-top-stars

Beautifull tree:) Beautifull boys:)

krysta lin said...

This is the cutest! I love it! You are really such a wonderful family! Happy Holidays!

Felted Dinosaur said...

This is great, some of my favorite memories of growing up is when my family would get together and play cheesy Christmas music (grandma got run over by a reindeer) and decorate the tree!

Lauren said...

My Mom saved 3 pairs of my shoes from when I was a child -my first "fancy pair" (black patent Mary Janes), my first pair of ballet slippers, and my first pair of sneakers that I refused to take off. All smaller than the size of my palm. She tied them together with red ribbon and now uses them as Christmas tree ornaments! I can't wait to do it when I have little ones

partywoodchuck said...

Aww that Best Teacher ornament story is possibly the most adorable thing i've ever read on the internet! Toby is such a cool kid, and it's awesome that you guys are creating your own holiday traditions

deej said...

Oh... And our little girl dictates what we have on top. It changes yearly. Last year was a gold angel. This year... A star.

Jill said...

Growing up, we always searched for and purchased an ornament on every family trip. It means that even now, my parents' tree is filled with stories about all of our vacations as kids and I love that. So I make my husband find an ornament on almost every trip we take now and my daughter really gets into the hunt when she's with us. We have little hand made turtle ornaments from a trip to Guatemala and tropical fish from Hawaii, etc

Rachel B.C. said...

This is so lovely and heartfelt. Very charming, especially about the best teacher ornament. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Jo said...

What a special tree! Where did you get your gorgeous sweater?

Chelsey Bertsch said...

One tradition I have with my family is super special to my heart.

You choose an ornament that has special meaning (Totally the teacher ornament would do) and on christmas morning you hide it in your tree somewhere that requires some searching. Then you tell your kids to find this particular ornament and whoever is lucky enough to find it will get an extra present from Saint Nicholas for being the most observant :)

It is such a great start to the morning of such a special day. The kids get so excited as well to find this special ornament.

I hope you enjoy your tree :) It is so magical when you have one in your house to gaze at throughout December.

Love. Chelsey.

Rachel said...

Toby seems like the sweetest kid. I've got a 16 month old who seems like he's already a little Toby which just truly warms my heart. You and Alex are so blessed. Take care <3

Shay Ruggles said...

We make a point to buy each other ornaments for big life events and on our trips. Every year as we unwrap our ornaments we get to relive our favorite memories together. Of course, Christmas music, yummy drinks and a fire in the fireplace are all musts! Great family tradition - so glad to see you've started your own!

deargraham.com said...

we have a huge tree this year! it's just the grandest, but i think it's so pretty with just lights. we're minimalists that way.

also... nice to see your couch covered with throws! i always think bloggers are crazy when new couches arrive very soon after their new babes. :) good to see it's not just my kids with the overwhelming amount of fluids.

Heather M said...

So adorable!!!

Every year, my dad picks out an ornament for my mom with the year decoratively appearing somewhere on it. I was helping them decorate the tree this year, and we rediscovered the 1983 one - the first one he got for her - from 30 years ago! I would always be the one out of my siblings to help my dad pick them out growing up, so I loved being part of that tradition too.

Sara Morais said...

That is so adorable! You see, I'm from Portugal so we don't celebrate that Thanksgiving holiday that you guys have but obviously we have our Christmas traditions. In my case, we usually make our tree on December 1st but this year it happened a little ealier, I was too excited. I love Christmas!
We have a big tree, 2mt tall and it is full of red and white ornaments and fake snow. It looks beautiful!
Also, the rest of the house has a lot of ornaments and I love the fact that your can feel the Holidays right around the corner, everywhere.
Hope you all had fun making the tree!

Gillian said...

Absolutely love that you got Toby the "best teacher" ornament -- that will be something that you'll remember and laugh at every year.

Kimberly Merritt said...

I've been buying an ornament for each child since birth. Now that my son is married and has a family of his own, he has his very own collection of ornaments for his tree. (We even let them have trees in their rooms.)We pick out one live tree every year from the same place and that in itself has become a beloved tradition.

Emmy M. said...

My family always listens to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack while we decorate our tree!

simone antoniazzi said...

Very cute - and no, I can't believe you waited this long either, although I completely understand about you going away etc!!

We always have a star on top of the tree, it's the last ornament to be put on and my children get to take turns putting it on, they alternate each year - and love doing it!

Very cute pjs!

Meg said...

Love love love the Hannah Anderson pajamas! My sister and I loved wearing the Christmas colors around this time of year.

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nikki leathe said...

We are doing shatterproof ornaments too! red and gold this Christmas.
Congrats on getting tree!

soon-to-be Ryan and Taylor Almond said...

Our first Christmas together my husband bought me two hand painted ornaments: one of Bill and one of Hillary Clinton. We've never bought a tree topper, but Bill and Hillary sit on the highest branches looking over everything!

Scout and Rice said...

We have the same ornament tradition, which I started last year when my little girl saw a bird ornament in Target that she loved. :)

We are on holidays now, but I can't wait to get back home and put our tree up. It makes such a difference to things feeling like Christmas when you have a tree or some lights, I think.

Little Miss said...

you know.....traditions are not necessarily created while your children are young.
my parents fought hard to be able to provide for 5 girls (!) so we couldnt create traditions while we were young.
i remember the first christmas my mom could afford a "proper" christmas celebration. She bought all the ornaments at once and we had them all through the rest of my childhood until i left for university.
thats when the tradition started:
when i returned home for christmas, in the country i was studying these huge seasonal stores would open only for christmas time and they would sell the most amazing ornaments.
six (6!) floors full of these ornaments.
As a student i couldn't afford to buy too many so i decided i would find the best of them all and buy it for my mom's tree. no matter how much it cost.
next year found me in the same store thinking how i would resist. this time i could afford more than one but i decided that i should put a limit to my desire.
on the third year realised everyone in my family where actually expecting what would come out of the suitcase and i had created a tradition.
now that i am back home working and of course i can afford whatever my heart desires i still buy my mom the best ornament i can find just to see that sparkle in everyones eyes.
and then the storytelling begins.
and then we all grab blankets and dad keeps putting logs in the fireplace.... :)

Little Miss said...

p.s. we've tried lots of versions but the star is the best option.
but its all about the star so splurge a little :)

Charmaine Sforza-Flick said...

We have a beautiful gold star on top of our tree. When my husband & I were dating I bought him a tree and ornaments and that star, he had lived on his own for years but had never put up a tree. We decorated that tree and one thing lead to another, as happens on beautiful starry nights that include twinkling lights and golden stars, we made a baby. We made it legal 3 months later and have been married now for 30 years (our beautiful 29 year old daughter who started out under that golden star just got married herself). My husband and I every year since have a "special moment" before putting that star on the top of our tree.

Joanna Goddard said...

melissa, it has SUCH a great ambiance at night. even getting up to get a glass of water feels all festive and cozy :)

Joanna Goddard said...

melissa, we totally should. good point.

Joanna Goddard said...

colby, a bear is genius!!!

Kari Fischer said...

Congratulations on your first tree! My boyfriend and I got our first one last year, and in a very uncharacteristic moment of feeling crafty I made our tree topper.

Instructions here:
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/11/17/lauras-loop-felt-star-pendant-and-tree-topper.html

All of the supplies can be found right here in the city at Purl Soho. I am not at all artistically talented but it actually (shockingly) looks good! Most of our ornaments are hand-me-downs so it's nice to have something on the tree that is uniquely ours.

Joanna Goddard said...

jo, it's from joie; i got it when shopbop had their big fall sale:) thank you!

Joanna Goddard said...

shay, i LOVE that!

Joanna Goddard said...

deargraham, hahaha, totally. we've already washed the throws like 20 times :)

NICOLE said...

This was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

Joanna Goddard said...

i love all these comments!

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heatherhomefaker said...

I usually top my tree with a big handmade bow using wide, glittery ribbon. (If you keep the tails long and let them hang down, it looks so pretty!)

MelanieKPrice said...

So cute!! I love Toby's little smile. He must have been so excited.
We have a huge ceramic skateboarding Santa Claus holding a star that we put on top of our tree. Sounds cheesy but it was my hubby's since he was little. And it makes him smile...so why not?
Have a wonderful day!

Marisa Keris said...

it is our first xmas as an engaged couple. we put a star, but don't have too many ornaments. my mom always put an angel and long gold ribbon. i adapted the ribbon idea and it added a really nice touch! (and filled in the sparse ornaments too). i live down south now, but my family has a tree farm in NJ not too far from the city! you should totally go next year!
www.kerischristmastreefarm.com

Andrea said...

Don't forget to water it! It needs water!

Andrea said...

Don't forget to water it! It needs water!

Amanda aka MamaRobot said...

My daughter wanted a rainbow on top of our tree, so that's what we have.

Jesse said...

yea! your tree looks perfect, joanna. that story about toby and the teacher apple ornament was so sweet. we put up our tree last night and atticus just kept screeching, "christmas tree!" and trying to put up ornaments. we're going to buy lights at target tonight, i can't wait to show him!!

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eatsleepmarket.com said...

Love this :) We just got our first real tree as a family this weekend too. We will be decorating soon. so fun! pictures on my blog

Happy Holidays!
Ann
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Unknown said...

This is just the sweetest! Love it.

Tracy and Mark said...

Growing up, my parents gave me and my brother one ornament a year (usually Hallmark). I'm 33 now and couldn't be more grateful they did that. My tree is covered in childhood memories and every year when I decorate it, I'm flooded with wonderful thoughts of my childhood.

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collette said...

At our house, we put on Christmas Pandora and decorate. Hubs is so hard core about getting a fresh tree, NOT buying it in our city but in the country where it's half the price and we are helping someone, so this is a whole trip in itself. One tip for you that Hubs is crazy about: Write down on a piece of paper who kids receive ornaments from, and the year. Like "Grandma and Grandpa [Last Name], 2013". they will ask who they are from every year, and you can send them to their grown up houses with their own ornaments. Hubs cannot believe no one did this for me and I shoulder shrug and say "I dunno" when he asks me every year who gave me something. So, he does it for our little ones.

Lana said...

We have an angel now, but for the longest time we had a star that we cut out of cardboard and wrapped in tin foil. I loved that thing, despite everyone calling it "The Ghetto Star". LOL! My favorite decoration ever is our Rudolph night light. It's a bubble light and looks so festive! We put it in the bathroom and Grace sits on the toiler for WAYYYY too long gazing at it.

Bri Towne said...

"a tree" that's gotta be the sweetest thing ever. we got our first tree last year and it was really special because my mama sent us a bunch of my ornaments from growing up. now there's an overwhelming amount of ballerinas on our tree but oh well! we decided last minute (yesterday) that were we going to get one again this year. baby #2 is due NYE so we figured it'd be just silly to have a tree to deal with but the more i thought about it, the more i really wanted a tree again. it was such a special time for me growing up: picking out the tree, chopping it down (not happening here in LA though), and decorating as a family. i'm glad i convinced hubs to get one this year! headed out some time this week to get it!

Nicola said...

Oh love! Christmas is my mums special time, she STILL puts an ornament on the tree I painted when I was Toby's age!

On that, every year when I was young mum would pull my brother and I out of school for the day, we tried on clothes (for her research purposes) saw Santa at a time with much fewer queues and each got to pick one decoration to buy. It felt like the best day ever! And I still get such a luck out of seeing our special ornament from each year! (My brother like Toby one year became fixated with a golden pear, it still makes us laugh)

Merry Christmas! Xxx

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sarah said...

we had our first tree last year (after moving to the burbs…) and when we decorated it i let my then 3 year old son pick the topper. we had a ton of ornament my mother had been hoarding for us for years. he chose a large stuffed armadillo that we got in mexico long before he was born! we thought it was so cute/funny that it stuck and i can't wait to get it out this weekend when we do the tree!

Jessie said...

We made a star out of cardboard and aluminum foil put first year of marriage. It's held up astonishingly well after six years and three moves. Not sure how it will hold up after our first born gets his hands on it.

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Courtenay Coleman said...

We have a peace sign on top of our tree that I absolutely love!

Kaitlin Wainwright said...

Super cute! We have a hundred year old Santa Claus, made of papier mache that goes on our tree top. He's missing a leg, but he's our Santa :)

Um, out of curiosity, did I miss the gift guide for husbands this year? Or is it not happening? Because I'm plumb out of ideas for my husband ;)

goatsdorun said...

Although we've been together for over two years, this is mine and my boyfriend's first Christmas together! I've also never had a tree of my very own, so we grabbed the cheapest fake tree from home depot we could find (with lights included). We got this star topper though, and I think it's pretty neat:
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/17-inch-silver-glitter-star-tree-topper/840321

He hasn't spent Christmas with his family in quite a few years, so typically he's not excited about the holidays. But I'm feeling nest-y so I plan on making our place cozy and festive so he can enjoy them again, and make some new traditions together :)

Jessie said...

We made a star out of cardboard and aluminum foil put first year of marriage. It's held up astonishingly well after six years and three moves. Not sure how it will hold up after our first born gets his hands on it.

http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/robbplusjessie/4184131966/in/set-72157622998620202/

Somewhere In Between said...

I always had a real tree growing up. It was one of my favorite things to do as a kid during Christmas! Enjoy!!

Rachel Seis said...

As a serious Christmas Nerd, I love this post! I look forward to decorating our tree (as well as the inside and outside of our house) every year.

But we don't top it with a star. Or an angel. Or anything traditional. No, our tree is topped with a Baby Sinclair puppet (y'know, Baby Sinclair from the show "Dinosaurs?"). Of course, Baby Sinclair is wearing a festive Santa hat... here's proof: http://www.imlovingtoday.com/2011/11/o-my-first-real-tannenbaum.html

Mae said...

We have always let the children open one gift on Christmas Eve. The gift is always their Christmas pjs that they wear to bed that night. My children are now 24, 22, and 17 and they still ask if they get to open one gift on Christmas Eve !

lisaathome said...

What a sweet story about the teacher ornament. Happy holidays to you!

Cheryl said...

Very sweet. I can't imagine not having a tree up! You know the librarian I am wants to tell me that parents are their children's first and best teacher :)

Joanna Goddard said...

rachel, that is adorable. and mae, i love that!! and cheryl, very true:)

lyndafitz said...

I love that Toby's first ornament has such a sweet story attached to it. Your tree is beautiful. Traditions are so important. My tradition for my husband and niece and nephews is I give them each 4 gifts based on this criteria: Want, Need, Wear, Read. They all love it and it makes me a little more creative as I shop for them. Enjoy you tree night light! Lynda

lyndafitz said...

I love that Toby's first ornament has such a sweet story attached to it. Your tree is beautiful. Traditions are so important. My tradition for my husband and niece and nephews is I give them each 4 gifts based on this criteria: Want, Need, Wear, Read. They all love it and it makes me a little more creative as I shop for them. Enjoy you tree night light! Lynda

Greta Wesslen said...

We have a bow on top of our tree this year...it is our first Christmas tree too, so we don't have many ornaments or decorations. I just love white lights!

Elizabeth Lee said...

How lovely! :) x

cakegirl said...

For our first Christmas 42 years ago my husband cut a star out of cardboard, covered it in. Gold wrapping paper and put it on the tree. We have hung it every year since and I can't imagine a tree without it.

___ said...

We clipped on a feathery birdie on top of our tree :)

Meredith said...

The story behind the Best Teacher ornament melted my heart. So glad you all went back to get it! Looks amazing!
Our apartment is still too tiny for a real tree, but we strung up some lights to make it feel cozy and Christmasy :)

Foteini Penna said...

Your tree is lovely!!!
We are decorating ours tomorrow!!!
So excited! We have a golden star on top!! And sooo many ornaments collected over the years!!! And each year we remember the people and the stories behind each ornament as we hang them on the tree!!!!
I love it!!!! :D
Happy holidays to everyone!!!
:D :D :D

Celia said...

I know it's tacky now, but I loved putting tinsel up on our tree growing up. I wonder if I can get my hands on some for the teeny tiny one the hubs and I bought for our teeny tiny apartment. Currently our topper is a teeny tiny felt acorn. :)

Christina Gambino said...

My mom would buy my brother and I an ornament each year. When I moved away from home, it was so nice to have a collection started, especially with ornaments that already had meaning to me.

Amanda said...

That is the perfect size tree! Ours is about that size as well. I love having a tree. It just doesn't feel like Christmas without one :)

___ said...

We clipped on a feathery birdie on top of our tree :)

Moderation said...

My sister and I made all of our ornaments out of art magazines when we were broke in college. Almost 10 years later we have almost completely switched over to real ornaments but we still have our original tree topper which is a photo of Robin Williams in boxers with angel wings glued to his back-it is always the best part of the tree.

Rachel Powell said...

Our first Christmas together, my (now) husband and I had lots of ornaments, but nothing to top the tree with, so he folded us a crane out of a paper grocery bag and its been our topper ever since :) it's my favorite of our traditions!

rachelsanghee said...

Such a happy post :D I smiled all the way :)

Mia Stizzo said...

Growing up we had a Garfield cat with a Santa hat on holding a star as our tree topper. My mom bought it years and years before she had a family when she was single because she needed something to top the tree in a hurry and they've just never thrown it out. It's pretty ridiculous! Our tree always looked really eclectic and artsy and festive, with this silly cartoon figure at the top. :)

Erin W. said...

The "Best Teacher" ornament made me crack up! So funny!

JoLee said...

I was looking at these pictures with my four-year-old.(All things Christmas are exciting, even blog posts.) Anyway, he says, "that boy has boy hair like mines." And, you know, he and Toby do have very similar hair! I thought it was cute, so I'm passing it along to you.

Lynn @ TheActorsDiet.com said...

We just got our first live tree too! I usually am on opposite coasts as you (from LA, go to NYC) so we just have a fake one but this year we're staying so we have a fresh one. Very happy with it!

lessthanperfectmama.com said...

Sometimes you post something and it hits home for me. Whammo! What could be more precious than surprising Toby with a tree at an age when Christmas becomes completely magical? It doesn't have to be fancy to be special and that's the best part of all - that whether you spend a lot or a little it still brings joy to a family. Around here we always decorate the tree together and now that our kids are 6 and 3, they get totally siked. Inflatable front lawn decor and all (and I never thought I'd ok any of that holiday cheesiness but I caved!). Are you doing Elf on the shelf? I hope i'm not too late to go out and get one.

lessthanperfectmama.com said...

Sometimes you post something and it hits home for me. Whammo! What could be more precious than surprising Toby with a tree at an age when Christmas becomes completely magical? It doesn't have to be fancy to be special and that's the best part of all - that whether you spend a lot or a little it still brings joy to a family. Around here we always decorate the tree together and now that our kids are 6 and 3, they get totally siked. Inflatable front lawn decor and all (and I never thought I'd ok any of that holiday cheesiness but I caved!). Are you doing Elf on the shelf? I hope i'm not too late to go out and get one.

Nicole said...

these are such sweet pictures! my husband and I put up our Christmas tree this year together for our 3rd Christmas and every year he gets us an ornament that says "our first Christmas" "our second Christmas" etc. I'm looking forward to the one from this year! And then one day we'll have a family and get one for all of us :)

Darcy said...

We don't have a star yet, so we tie a ribbon at the top of the tree - this year it is red and white stripes!

Emily Grosse said...

So sweet! I have two boys the exact same ages as yours...and this year is BEST, isn't it??

Thanks for keeping it real with the CVS decorations. My peanuts' favorite ornaments this year are jingle bells. Just a plain ole silver jingle for each of them. Something tells me we'll be singing Jingle Bells well into the new year...

poisonwood said...

These photos and your story are so sweet! So happy for you to be starting your family traditions. Its such a fun process.

jm said...

Oh, this warms my heart!

Victoria Robertson said...

Too sweet. In my apartment, we have a semi-small pre-lit tree with all our usual decorations and a cheap-but-nice red and silver star for the topper, but at my parents' home, they have a small silver tree from, I believe, the sixties and a big tree full of lights, ornaments and a top hat topper! It is very festive and a nice quirky addition to the room. :)

Jenny Lange said...

Hi Joanna,

How funny... I also post about my Christmas tree tradition today! We decided to get a Christmas tree with roots this year so we can plant it upstate after Christmas. It's just a little guy but he'll do the job just fine!
Giving the boys one ornament a year is a great tradition. My Mom began doing that for my sister and I when we were in high-school. She always gave us a fancy ornament (at the time as teenagers we didn't appreciate it)...now I am so thankful because I have 18+ ornaments that shine on my tree! Great idea indeed!!!
Merry Christmas!
Jenny
www.joanswange.blogspot.com

dc said...

Aw, what sweet photos! We're going up to our cabin this weekend to cut a tree in the State Forest. Actually, we have permits for 4 trees as friends are coming up to cut trees too. We'll ski or snowshoe in and pick trees that are crowding other trees then pull them out on sleds. There'll be sledding, star gazing and game playing back at the cabin.

We always set up luminarias la long the front of our house and light them on Christmas Eve. I love Christmas!

Geneviève said...

What a sweet post! I love all the pictures and Toby's excited little face!
We have a little yellow bird at the top of our tree, he has wires on his feet so he's easy to perch up there. Maybe you should get a bird too :)

cpichan said...

My family's Christmas tree has always been a complete hodgepodge of handmade ornaments (some that my mom made back in the 70s from walnut shells!) and odd but really special ones that have come to be staples for us. (We secretly feel bad for any "generic" ornaments because they're just so... boring.) My sister and I are all adults now, but still every year when our mom gets the box of ornaments down, it's like its own version of Christmas morning: "My stuffed candy cane! My Snoopy ornament! How have you been since last year?!" We could tell which tree is ours from a mile away (including the SUPER hideous angel we put on top - a joke, but we can't not include her now), and we wouldn't have it any other way. It really is a special way to keep traditions going and building (and a neat time capsule of sorts). Perhaps the four of you can make your own ornament(s) this year and start from there :) Hope you're enjoying the tree, Joanna, and happy holidays!

Marine said...

So cute! Christmas has always been my favorite holiday; my parents always made it point to make my siblings and I part of the tree-picking and decorating process. And growing up we had a big red cardinal as our tree topper... I've been decorating my tree with birds since moving out too!

Michelle Panting said...

Aww, what a sweet little tree. Our places have always been so teeny, I never knew where to put a tree. Maybe we'll have to change that.

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Ali said...

"A tree," he whispered, eyes big as saucers.

I won't lie; that kinda made me cry.

Catherine Masi said...

Ditto, Ali! (Add this to my list of your sweetest post, Joanna :)

Erica Tapiarene said...

I've read your blog for a while now but never commented and had to after this post... This is why I love your blog so much. It's so real and sweet. Just wanted to share that. Happy Holidays and love your adorable tree and family :) ~Erica

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Jennifer G. said...

Every year, my brothers and I get a kick out of seeing the ornaments we made when we were kids (my parents saved all the ornaments we made in school, etc.). I've started a tradition with my nephews (ages 3 & 5) to make a homemade/handmade ornament each year... in hopes that when they are in their 20s and 30s they'll see their ornaments on their parents tree and have some good laughs. The ornaments they made with me last year tell so much about their personalities...one worked hard to make his perfect and the others looks like a pile of glue, pom pom balls, and Popsicle sticks. They love making their ornaments so we'll keep it up as long as they're interested!

Slices of Beauty... said...

How cute! Especially the chubby little feet and how priceless is the smile on Toby's face.

melissa grant said...

My dad started reading 'Twas the night before Christmas' to me on Christmas Eve when I was really little and even now, at the age of 23 and in separate parts of the country, he reads it over the phone to me on Christmas Eve - it really is the sweetest!

Marina said...

In my family we traditionally put up an angel or star on top of the tree, until one year we lost both. We kept forgetting to buy a new tree topper, so by the time Christmas came about we just put a Santa hat on top. It looks adorable, and we've been putting a Santa hat on our tree ever since!

Organic Spicy Ginger said...

I had those pajamas!!! All three of my siblings did too! My godmother also sends me an ornament each year.

Emma said...

Love the tree! I know what you mean about how it makes everything instantly cozy.

This year, I needed something new for the top of my tree so I grabbed a $5 tartan wreath bow from Target and just fixed it to the top. Success!

Emily Woodford said...

This is seriously the sweetest!

grey-nyc said...

you should get a baby's first christmas ornament! i helped decorate my parents tree this year and it was really touching to see my own first ornament with the year of my birth. it made me picture what it was like for my parents to be young and celebrate christmas with a new baby.

Caroline said...

Such a sweet family !!!

Joanna Goddard said...

these are all such great ideas! i love you guys:)

Joanna Cendrowski said...

My good friends buy an ornament on every family vacation. Doesn't matter if it's cheesy or beautiful, they buy it, and then when they decorate they all reminisce about that trip. It is quite sweet. I'm just starting my own collection...

JessieMC said...

Lovely tree!
We have a big, simple red bow at the top of our tree. I love the simplicity of it.
Growing up, we had an angle, and my sister and I alternated who put it up each year (I did it on even-numbered years and she did it on odd-numbered years).
Another fun tradition: my mom gave us an ornament each year growing up so we'd have plenty for our own "adult" trees. I'm an adult now (almost 30) and she still gives me an ornament each year... my husband and I have a pretty full tree already. Haha.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

This IS REALLY what Christmas is all about. LOVE this post. It makes me miss my kids when they were little. savor each moment! Happy Holidays. xo Nancy

Lisa said...

That top photo is beautiful!

Wendy said...

This is awesome! Enjoy the tree and Toby's excitement! :)

amy said...

I always put a nice bright red bow on the top of mine. I love it.

lindley said...

My daughter and I would decorate our real tree every year and surprise Daddy when he came home from work. Around the same time we always received a Harry & David box of cheeses, pears, etc and we'd cut them all up into pieces, have a "floor picnic" listening to Christmas music and decorating. She's grown now but she still talks about the floor picnics and oohing and ahhing over each ornament. (Daddy was thrilled to have us do it, too!!) Always a real tree...forever...each one a bit different in shape and height - and every single year the same comment from her - "Oh, Mama, I think THIS is the very best tree we've ever had."

Lu said...

I have a star shaped picture frame that we put on top of our yule tree. if I can ever remember to put a current picture of my husband, pup and I in it...then it would be perfect. :-)

Parrish McWhorter said...

My devout Auburn fan cousin put her game tickets at the top of her Christmas tree!

Liliana said...

Thank you so much for sharing your sweet family with us. We put a tree up too, but our 2 yr old doesn't seem to be interested yet. We have an angel on top. Happy holidays!

natalienoods said...

One of the rituals at my house centered around the tree is finding your "baby's 1st xmas" ornament amongst the boxes and getting to hang it in the perfect spot each year. Having special ornaments each year is cool, but it's EXTRA special to me to find the one my parents bought me when I was teeny, knowing I would have it for my whole life, and place it on the tree each Christmas. You can find ornaments for years past on ebay (luckily, since one year I broke my parents' "our first christmas together '79" ornament!) if Toby doesn't have one.

Lisa said...

Your tree looks so much like our first tree which was 17 years ago. Yep, that's how old our son is. He was almost 6 months old at the time. Trying to be frugal, I purchased red and green ornaments and those tiny wooden figures from the drug store. Now it is those tiny wooden figures that our son (17)and daughter (14) enjoy putting on the tree the most. Every year I added to our assortment of ornaments, frequently buying after the holidays to take advantage of the sales. And Santa leaves an ornament for our children every year. So when they get a tree of their own, they will already have an assortment of ornaments. And every year Santa brings me a snow globe. We love getting out that collection when we decorate.

Jessica Camerata said...

Im a big fan of the tree tradition. I couldn't wait to get my first tree when I moved out of my parents house and off to college. I do not do any topper on my tree, just stuck to metallic ornaments this year.

xo Jessica
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Anne Langford said...

Loved this and welcome to tree lovers club. We got ours from a tree farm north of our home in Toronto. Here is my blog post about that. http://annesredchronicles.blogspot.ca/2012/12/holiday-countdown-2-get-real-cut-tree.html

suzyq said...

How about cutting a star out of heavy paper and having Toby color it? I bet he'd love to make the tree topper. What fun. Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

suzyq said...

How about cutting a star out of heavy paper and having Toby color it? I bet he'd love to make the tree topper. What fun. Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

Eleanor Davis said...

Toby cracks me up. I love reading your blog, and the pictures of your family decorating the tree are so precious! Also, our family has an angel tree topper, and it's always been a tradition to have the littlest member of the family put it on top. This used to make me really sad, because it meant that my younger sister always got to put it on top...

Eleanor Davis said...

Toby cracks me up. I love reading your blog, and the pictures of your family decorating the tree are so precious! Also, our family has an angel tree topper, and it's always been a tradition to have the littlest member of the family put it on top. This used to make me really sad, because it meant that my younger sister always got to put it on top...

Kathleen Heffner said...

That is so cute! I love the ornaments Toby picked out!

haleysuzanne said...

I love a vintage style star at the top, or one of those awesome spindles (although, honestly, I like sparkly things that light up best).

We have lots of fun holiday traditions. My husband and I have bought each other a special ornament every year since we moved in together. After my daughter was born, we have start buying a special ornament for her every year, too. When she gets married/gets her own place/etc. I'm going to give all of her ornaments to her to get her own tree started.

We also bake cookies, drink cocoa by the fire, listen to Christmas tunes, do an Advent calendar, make homemade Chex mix, send holiday cards, take pictures with Santa, decorate the entire house, watch Christmas movies (lots and lots and lots of them) and more. This is my favorite time of year. <3

Sandra Bøgh Zerahn said...

We are having of own first tree too this year. We have so many traditions here in Denmark, including 'dancing around the tree' on the evening of the 24th after the traditional dinner everyone gathers around the tree hold hands to form a circle and walk around it while singing. Afterwords the gifts are opened. I Think we will do the thing where you buy an ornament on vacation as well, we have one from last year already. Merry Christmas :-)

Rachael King said...

For most of my childhood we had the bells that topped my parents wedding cake on top of our tree, it was so lovely and personal

mdw said...

Absolutely love this post!

Lindsay Truax said...

This post is so unbelievably cute. Thank you for sharing.

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Charlotte's Web | The London Project said...

We have a cat with wings from Urban Outfitters, haha x

lauren said...

What a lovely story! It's so cute that he loved the teacher ornament so much.

TheAKBSB said...

So sweet! The first ornament my little brother picked out as a kid was a sparkly gold and white parasol that he thought was so so beautiful. It's now a funny story we remember every year. Yay for new traditions!

Umami Bear said...

I love this post ... It all looks magical !!

mary said...

Can't imagine not getting a tree. Growing up ,we all received an ornament and I still have them! Great tradition, you end up with enough ornaments to decorate your own tree by the time you leave home.

Laura Amandolare said...

This was the sweetest post! I loved it! I feel the same way about the Christmas Tree - it just makes your home feel so much better. I have never found a tree topper I liked so I always went without one (with the exception of random stuffed animals - the grinch, angry bird). This year Victoria on vmac & cheese wrote about one she bought at Anthropologie and I loved it so I picked one up. Enjoy the holidays with your family! Seems like this is one you will always remember!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

One of our favorite traditions is opening our first present on December 1. And it is always a Christmas book or movie to add to our collection.

Fondly,
Glenda

Anne said...

That sounds like so much fun! My family picks up an ornament whenever we go on a trip, so when we decorate the tree we reminisce about all of the adventures we've had.

Puzzling Along said...

i heard that our children are our best teachers. great ornament story.

you are either going to throw away the tree before christmas or come home to a mess. you totally need the tree for ev er so get a great little fake one after christmas so you can have it for when you get back home too!

you need a skirt too. grab lots of stuff after christmas this year.

top-my vote-angel. since youre into the tradition thing, it's part of the whole story. believe or not who cares. it's pretty. a facebook friend, old high school classmate and professor has a fossil with a santa hat. so whatever you want, ribbons look so pretty. stars are cute. but..angel. like the tree. classic.

Kirsten said...

A cool tradition created by my brother: One of my parents' ornaments was a cardboard sphere that split in two so you could put things into it. Each year when taking down the tree, my little bro would write a short note summarizing his Christmas experience (mostly what toys he got!). We lost him back in 2003 (he was 38) but that cheap cardboard ornament filled with my brother's Christmas memories is the most valuable item in my mom's collection!

Puzzling Along said...

i heard that our children are our best teachers. great ornament story.

you are either going to throw away the tree before christmas or come home to a mess. you totally need the tree for ev er so get a great little fake one after christmas so you can have it for when you get back home too!

you need a skirt too. grab lots of stuff after christmas this year.

top-my vote-angel. since youre into the tradition thing, it's part of the whole story. believe or not who cares. it's pretty. a facebook friend, old high school classmate and professor has a fossil with a santa hat. so whatever you want, ribbons look so pretty. stars are cute. but..angel. like the tree. classic.

Kristen said...

Hi Joanna,

Our tree-top tradition is a big, beautiful bow.

xoxo

amandalaird said...

Every year when we decorate our tree we splurge on fancy cheese and meats and just have appetizers for dinner. This year we had applewood smoked cheddar, blue cheese and a sheep's milk cheese from France with figs and apples and fancy crackers. We wait for it all year!

ali m said...

This year we went crazy and instead of a tree topper, wrote straight on the wall behind the tree, right where the star would be, that beautiful verse "We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him".

ali m said...

This year we went crazy and instead of a tree topper, wrote straight on the wall behind the tree, right where the star would be, that beautiful verse "We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him".

lindsey.paytes said...

We have the world's most awful tinsel-covered, light-up star on top of our tree. It was my husband's grandmother's from the 60's, and he won't hear of using anything else. I have come to love the awfulness of it. As far as traditions go, we always have spiral ham and macaroni and cheese on Christmas eve. Then the whole family changes into pajamas and watches A Christmas Story, which is inevitably being played over and over again on TNT or the like. It's not much, but we love it!

little shin said...

My husband and I get a personalized ornament every year to signify something of importance that happened that year (our first home, getting a J.D, etc) … OH! and we have a plastic Frosty on top of our tree!

Kate said...

The star that goes on the top of my family's tree is a piece of cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil that my mom's friends made when they were all celebrating Christmas together well before I was born. Every time we get it out of the box mom reminisces Brian cutting out the star and someone getting the foil and sticking it on top of the tree, and even though I wasn't there I feel like it's one of my special memories, too :)

megan golden said...

that is so so sweet about the teacher apple ornament! and that will make a great story when he's older, i'm sure :)

meg

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Laura said...

I have a very rustic and beautiful nativity set and my 3 year old loves to look at baby Jesus, the 3 wise men, and all the animals. His favorite Christmas decoration, though, is my German sheepherder. When you light the incense cone it looks like smoke puffing out of his pipe. It's so much fun to start your own family traditions at Christmas.

Lauren E. said...

My first tree as an adult had the store bought ornaments, just like yours! But I aspire to have a tree like my parents': filled with ornaments from their parents, family trips, milestones like first Christmases as a couple or baby's first Christmas, and gifts picked up along the way. I could spend hours looking at their tree because every ornament has a special memory attached.

Carrie said...

I love that you went back and bought him the "Best Teacher" ornament. It is a great way to talk about all of the teachers in his life, and how (I'm sure) he is a teacher to you. He can learn that teachers are not only in the classroom. Let us know if you have that conversation!

Cam & Sarah said...

I have to have a tree, no matter where we will be for the actual day. Definitely keeps the Christmas spirit all month long. And it has to be real. No fake trees are allowed in my house. As for what goes on top? My husband and I started our life together living in the Bay Area where we became San Jose Sharks fans. So we put the Sharks Santa Hat on top. Enjoy your tree. Mine makes me smile every morning. I'll even turn the lights on while I gather my lunch in the morning just for the added joy it brings me.

fleur_delicious said...

awww. For me, the tree has always been the most magical part of the holiday season. When I was a little girl, I used to crawl under the tree to this small corner in the back of the house behind it, so I could be completely walled in by the tree. I love having the lights on the tree on in the afternoon - and watching it glow into prominence as the day darkens around it. I'm probably the only person I know that started building her own ornament collection the year she moved out of her parents' house! No topper on our tree; we just let it be au naturel. =)

Linda said...

How fun! Growing up, my family always decorated our tree (and house) the day after Thanksgiving.

Now, my husband and I always make a full day/evening's date of going to cut down a tree, eating wood fired pizza, and stringing popcorn and cranberries garlands while watching Elf. Every year we've also cut an extra silver off the bottom of the tree to keep. We have the date and type of tree written on each one, and we try to get a different type each time. So far-- at three years-- we've been able to avoid repeats, but I'm sure we'll run out of fir trees sometime! :)

Faith Swennes said...

For the tree topper, my husband and I started a tradition when we moved in together to trade off handmaking the topper each year. This was my year, so I did a white paper dove covered in mountains of snowy glitter. When our daughter and her still to-be siblings get bigger, they'll join the tree topper rotation, too :)

Jennifer Scancella said...

Growing up every year my parents choose an ornament that represented the biggest or most important thing that happened in their life that year: a child being born, a new car, a new house, graduations, one of us kids getting our license, ect. Then every year my dad would tell the story year by year of how we got to where we were. When I got married my husband and I started doing the same thing. Every year when we put up our tree it's nice to remind ourselves what we were doing years ago.

As for a tree topper? I like Angels, but I couldn't find one I liked so finally last year I made an angel for our tree.

princess butterfly said...

Love that yall got the Best Teacher ornament. Let's call it, everyone is a "teacher" to someone. :)

Our tree is always adorned with some type of ribbon. This year, our daughter chose the tiniest red ribbon to top the tree. It is perfect for our goldilock's tree.

Mollie D said...

absolutely adorable, and you should give Anton and him an ornament every year for Christmas to build up your stock- maybe you can get T a 'world's best nurse' one next year

cjkeys2 said...

so cute! my parents started this tradition the first year they were married. every year when we put away the tree, we write a note to ourselves for the following year. it can be anything: hopes, dreams, funny stories from the previous year, random facts about where you're sitting as you write the note. then the next year, while putting up the tree, you read the notes. we've saved them all. i'm 25 and have quite a few of them. from basic drawings i did to long lists of career and personal goals.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Congratulations on your lovely tree! Aren't they just the best? We put up three. One has an angel on top, one has a star, and one has an enormous owl.
xo

Larissa said...

I love the gigantic pinecones!

Laurel Ridge Publications Class said...

I haven't loved the holidays (family stuff, yadda yadda yadda)but thankfully, this year I was like, "WHY SUFFER?!?!" and I just went for it. Dude! The tree and lights are so great! I nabbed a little tree, decorated it up, then hung extra lights up around my kitchen = festivus for the restofus! Hooray for new traditions...and a merry one to you and yours! (Srsly,your blog has brought me joy since '06. Thanks!)

Laurel Ridge Publications Class said...

I haven't loved the holidays (family stuff, yadda yadda yadda)but thankfully, this year I was like, "WHY SUFFER?!?!" and I just went for it. Dude! The tree and lights are so great! I nabbed a little tree, decorated it up, then hung extra lights up around my kitchen = festivus for the restofus! Hooray for new traditions...and a merry one to you and yours! (Srsly,your blog has brought me joy since '06. Thanks!)

anonlurkermom said...

oh you have so many comments, i am intimidated but i hope you read this. my mom was born on christmas. 23 years later (a kid, don't you think) she was having me, her second child, and didn't want to share her special birthday so i was born on 12/26. 22 years later this year, I had my first born son on christmas. every year for my birthday my mom gives me a sterling silver christmas tree ornament (all the silvermakers have one) so I have a gorgeous tree. for my sister, she gives her santas and my other sister gets angels. my brother Ted gets teddy bears. having a theme tree is totally fun. whenever you travel, there is always a shop selling ornaments so you can bring a memory home for the ages. i only use green lights and use red ribbon to hang my silver ornaments so I have an awesome tree but the memories each piece brings is what really matters. love your site.

Ceciel T said...

Definetly one of my favorite posts. Thanks for reminding me about traditions. I want to do some homemade ornaments with my kids--I know they'll probably be a bit gaudy but the memory of making them will make them special.

Banana&Marty said...

We've had a tree for three years now and yet to find the perfect tree topper. My mom has a vintage Annalee angel tree topper, and I'm thinking of getting one off ebay. I just can't beat it!

K said...

My mom would make my brother and I choose one of our favorite toys and clothes, wrap them all pretty and take them downtown for poor kids, she always said that the happiness that the toy had given to us, we could share it with someone else, on Christmas morning we would make turkey sandwiches with the leftovers of Christmas dinner and take them to homeless people, my mom used to do that with my grandma and my grandma with her mom because she always said that if god gave us something is because he trusts we could share it

AlyshaCoy said...

My mother's birthday is December 9th and we have always celebrated her birthday by setting up the tree and decorating it. Both of my parents have ornaments from thier childhoods that my brother and I always ooh and awe at. My dad has his train set from when he was a kid and I still love laying on the floor watching weave around the gifts under the tree.

Our tree topper is an angel holding two candles that light up. My dad bought it for my mom when they were first married because he thought she looked like my mom.

I love our family traditions, but it has gotten harder and harder to keep them since I live so far away. This year my family will be traveling to me, and I am excited to see what new traditions we can start.

Julia Passamani said...

Adorable, love this! Fabric stores (Michael's) have the best sales on holiday decorations in January. I stock up on lots of tree filler that's not breakable for the kiddos. www.lipstickandlollypops.com

mamamgeni.com said...

We visited Santa yesterday AND put up our beautiful, skinny Charlie Brown Christmas tree (we live in Kenya - gotta work with what you got!). Now it FINALLY feels like Christmas around here... Happy holidays to you and yours!

merec said...

We have the "jack angel" on top of our tree. The first year my husband and I were living together, we put up a tree and realized we didn't have anything for the top. He drew a picture of our dog's face (think beagle/boxer mix), which I affixed to a paper cone and added wings and a gold halo. Over the years he has gained a few things, like a faux fur vest (I guess he got cold?) and a big clock medalion (think Flavor Flav), which doesn't make any sense, but makes me laugh everytime I see it. Even if guests who see it don't quite get it, I love it.

Ana Simões said...

Lovely, lovely story.

We always do our christmas tree on the 8th of december and always make sure my husbands' son, Gonçalo, is with us. He loves the rituals - getting the tree out of the box (it's an artificial one, , getting all decorations and lightbulbs and hanging them, while talking about the presents we all wish for. I even bought him a special tiny wooden tree, for him to do all the decorations, so that our big one doesn't get too messy, and he loves it.
This year, we already have 8-month-old Xavier with us and Gonçalo was very worried about the ornaments, not letting the glass ones by the floor, etc. It is always a heartwarming time and I think it really builds up the family links.

Christine said...

Just priceless - such special moments with your boys to treasure! My husband and I with our 6 year old daughter are about to jet off to your great city - leaving a 38 degree summer in Perth Australia, to celebrate Christmas, New Year and a big "40 + 10" birthday in 0 degree with hopefully a dash of snow!!
5 more sleeps to go..!

Have loved researching NY sites on your blog and favourite links too - we are now well prepared!
Best wishes for Christmas, Christine x

pranayama said...

I have wanted the milk glass mixing bowl set for OVER A YEAR NOW! I like the glaze dipped bowl and pitcher too.

DENISE. said...

I try to collect ornaments from places we travel together. So in addition to your special ornament each year, you have even more memories about your time as a family traveling together. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful family moment!

Britani Sidwell said...

sometimes your blog is the only thing that calms me down on a rough day. thank you for sharing all your beautiful moments. it reminds me to stop and recognize mine :)

kissmytulle.com said...

We have an old leather work glove that we put on top of our tree. Last year was our first Christmas together but I was unemployed and miserably pregnant so we stuck to a small tree. I didn't find a topper I liked so my husband randomly topped ours off with a glove he found on the floor of his truck.

Christmas meet a new tradition.

Dienesa said...

this blog story was so quietly sweet, some tears were forming in my eyes. thank you, and happy holidays to the whole family~

Jennifer said...

I've never found a tree topper that seems quite right. This year, my almost three-year-old pulled out a paper star she made at school last year and declared that it need ed to go on top. It's perfect :)

maggie said...
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maggie said...

Ever since decorating our first christmas tree 5 years ago, my boyfriend and I have kept with our tradition: we open a bottle of champagne while decorating the tree, then write the year on the inside of the champagne cage....we use that year's cage as the tree topper, and use the other year's cages as additional ornaments on our tree!

Julie B. [Holland] said...

When my children were younger, I would go every year to the book store and get one or two childrens Christmas books, so when the family came over with their children we have some books to read over the span of the night. Over the years the collection grew, and the kids seemed to be so excited to see what book was added that year. To this day my youngest niece is 26 with kids of her own and still talks about those books . I always put the year of book inside to remind us when we got it. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

jiggy jools said...

That was actually the thing I looked forward to most when I got my first own place. When I lived with my roommate, she and I both went home to our parents every year, and even though I still do that, I always have my very own tree as well. It's just unbeatable!

Joanna Goddard said...

kissmytulle, that is so sweet!

Joanna Goddard said...

suzy q, what a great idea!!!! we will do that tonight!!!

junebug said...

You are a good mama for getting him that apple ornament. Isn't it fun to make your kids happy? I am really relishing that this Christmas season.
Christmas trees have always been very important to me. So magical. So peaceful. I've had a real one ever since leaving home and I collect ornaments (they're a great vacation souvenir AND they go on clearance every single year!), but when I was super poor in college, I decorated my tree with sea shells and pine cones (my 6-year-old now calls them pine corns), so we still have a star fish for the top of our tree. It's bleached bright white and beautiful.

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