Last week, my husband and I went out to Adams Fairacre Farms to pick out my first real Christmas tree - who knew there were so many choices?! I felt like a kid in a candy store, hopping from one stand of trees to another. What's a Balsam Fir? What's a Douglas Fir? What's the difference? How come I can't have that tree? Why don't they carry Spruces? How tall is our ceiling again? Good thing there weren't that many people around, because I really was that kid dragging his parent around to look at just one more tree!
In the end, it came down to hubby's choice - the perfectly shaped, tall Fir of some sort, and my choice - the shorter fatty boombatty tree, also some type of Fir that may take up half the room. I win. :-)
I also found out that I love Spruce trees, but that they don't do as well chained up in a house with a bucket of water, especially when they've been pre-cut for a tree farm. Maybe next year, we'll go cut our own Spruce!
After a week of waiting for the branches to open up to see how big this sucker really is, and then carefully decorating it so that only non-glass ornaments adorn the toddler-reachable areas of the tree, my Big Fat Christmas Tree is up, and I love it! My favorite glass ornaments are sitting nice and high, out of reach of both boy and dog.
This here is a knock-off of a Santa ornament I saw at Pier One last year. I had a bunch of old ornaments from my mother-in-law, with the (probably) toxic paint chipping off. So, I spray-painted the lot, and did a little creative decorating to a few of them.
I wanted a can of lime green spray paint, but all I could find was this slightly olive, slightly puke-y color, but the Miss M&M still came out fine.
The big purply one is a gift from my MIL, from the Smithsonian. The gold one in back is one of my own, after I ran out of clever ideas for ornaments.
Here's a fun Santa from Pier One.
I saw this idea from somewhere, to create a snow-capped tree from puffy paint.
Mr. Frosty is an old ornament repainted in leftover white spray-paint.
Again, I saw the inspiration for this Snitch ornament from somewhere, and hacked together my own version.
Did I mention I love my fatty boom batty tree?