I love Christmas as much as the next person, but I have a strong opinion that the festivitites shouldn’t begin until December 1 at the earliest. If it starts in October as the retailers would like, it makes it less special, don’t you agree? Sure, I’ll do planning and gift shopping prior to that, but definitely no decorations.

So, with my self-imposed moratorium almost over, it’s time to start thinking about decorating for Christmas. But first, let’s see how the ‘tree’ has looked the previous two years.

Christmas tree white branches with pink ornaments

Our first Christmas in a home of our own! I had picked up some decorative branches with fairy lights on sale earlier in the year, deciding they would be the perfect Christmas tree alternative for a small space. Since they’re not specifically Christmassy, they could also be a great party decoration. I actually already had all of the ornaments, as I’d used them for decorations at my 21st party. I went to the post-Christmas sales (six months before my birthday!) and scored a whole bunch of non-Christmas-specific ornaments for the party, so when we moved out I already had a small stash.

Christmas tree white branches with blue ornaments

The following year I thought I’d go a bit less girly and switched out the pink ornaments for bright blue. Since many of the ornaments were neutral white or silver, I only had to buy a handful of new ones. By this stage we’d added the bookcase, so lifting up the tree gave it a much greater presence in the room.

As for this year? To be honest I have NO idea whether I went to the sales last year to buy more decorations, so it will be a surprise when I open the box!


9 Responses

  • Jo

    Very cute tree alternative.. I love the pink especially.
    Is there a big demand for traditional cut christmas trees in Oz ?? It occurs to me that you guy’s climate might not be condusive.
    Jo xx

  • Real trees are still popular here, although perhaps not as much as they used to be as the quality and range of artificial trees has improved. The climate doesn’t make too much difference – I suppose we just have to water them more! If I had to guess I’d say maybe a third of families (mine included) would have real trees, and the rest having artificial or tree alternatives.
    How does that compare to Canada?

  • Jo

    Well this is the fir tree capital of the universe so it’s akin to capital murder NOT to have a real tree. We go and cut our own, which really adds to the experience actually. Plus it helps the local economy, and the trees are chipped for free after xmas by the local council, who use the chips for mulch… so it’s all very green.
    I’d say about 70% of folks get a real one.
    We have two.. my old fake one from home, that goes in the front room window. And a real one in the family room, by the fire.

  • You can chop your own here too, but it’s not as common.
    Nothing like that real pine smell is there?

  • Jo

    No.. there really isn’t. It’s one of those smells like fresh cut grass that is so totally evocative of the time of year.
    For me the smell of satsumas is another. I know you can get them all year now but the christmas ones just seem to smell better.

  • sheena

    Where did u purchase those decorative branches?

    • Hi Sheena, I bought them 5 years ago at Harris Scarfe. You can also try a wedding decor supplier such as Save on Crafts.

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