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Friday Favorite: Tree Time

December 1st, 2017

I love having a Christmas tree in the house during December. We typically cut a little pine from our property, it’s never a beautifully pruned tree, but it has quirks, big empty spaces, and lots of character.

Our tree is always cut the first weekend of December, after we have arrived home from our yearly trip to Ohio to celebrate the holidays with family.

I’ll drape it with a few strands of white lights and some etched glass bulbs. Simple, and it doesn’t take forever to set up and take down. This year, I’d like to make some pine garland to hang around the front door. There’s no outlet, or I’d decorate it with white lights as well.

One thing I do miss about our Ohio house is the yards of pine garland and white lights adorning the outside of the house during the winter.

Luckily, I can string lights in the old apple tree, those are actually left on all year long. White lights really help brighten up these dark winter nights, they are probably one of my all time favorite things.

When do you set up your Christmas tree? Or do you decorate in other ways?

3 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Tree Time”
  1. Angela on December 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I have some strings of LED lights on copper wire that are so awesome for wreaths. You just flick a switch on and off. They’re also easier to maneuver than regular Christmas lights because the copper wire is really flexible. Something like this:

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  2. Chris on December 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    We do the exact same thing…cut a small, sparse tree from our property and adorn it with lots of little white lights and only bird ornaments. I also string tiny white lights all around the house and porch. In areas where there is no power, I use battery or solar powered lights.
    Our goats get the tree when we take it down after the holidays! :)
    Your tree is lovely!

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  3. Lorna on December 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I love a sparse tree–you can see the ornaments that way! My children insist on colored lights, but someday I will switch to all white; I love the simplicity of white. Like Chris, our most cherished ornaments are our birds; some made from mushrooms, others of glass; a few are antiques that have been in the family for generations. But this year we have a dilemma. We have two young cats with much too much energy and a love of climbing and playing. We still don’t know what to do to keep a tree, the ornaments, and the cats safe. Any suggestions would be welcome!

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