Our first Christmas tree on our own was at our first apartment in 1992.
I remember burning out our red vacuum when I tried to clean up the needles with it.
21 years later and we still love Christmas tree day.
It stems from our childhood.
When I was 8, I would smell the branches and look at myself in the shiny ornaments.
I would eat chocolate kisses and sit on this couch admiring the tree’s beauty.
That’s me with my new red nail polish my sister painted on for me.
Well, my nails aren’t red anymore, but I’m still eating chocolate kisses, and I’m still admiring the tree.
This years tree is full of tradition and memories.
Every ornament holds a story.
Including the angel that is 40 years old.
We all participated, even our new kitty, Sylvia.
I went a step further this year with a tureen I found at a thrift store.
I filled it with white lights and big bulbs.
If you look closely you will see the cord.
We are enjoying the tree against the new color on the walls.
Depending on the time of day the tree seems to transform itself.
I tried to capture that for you in the photos.
Our living room has an open loft.
Don’t pay any attention to the dust on the fan.
It’s an optical illusion 😉
While up there I noticed the tree’s reflection was even prettier.
You may have noticed the toboggan on the wall.
It was a steal for $38.
It’s the final touch on our “Winter Beach Lodge Living Room”.
If we ever want to use it, we can just unscrew it 🙂
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!
Before I close, I have more tree inspiration.
I invited some of my favorite blog friends over so I could share their trees with you.
Each one is beautifully unique and has it’s own personality.
Just like a snowflake, no 2 trees are ever alike.
DIY Vintage Christmas Sign & Christmas Tree by I should be Mopping the Floor
Silver & White Christmas Tree by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Fun Christmas Tree by Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Christmas Tree by Glitter Glue & Paint
Blue & Green Christmas Tree by A little Claireification
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree by Debbiedoo
Gold, White, & Silver Christmas Tree by “From my Front Porch to Yours”
I must say…this was my favorite this year…
Ironing Board Christmas Tree by Beyond the Picket FenceChristmas, Christmas tree decor, decorating, holiday Posted by
Your tree is gorgeous, Julie as is your whole “Winter Beach Lodge” room. Love that tureen and the lights and ornaments inside are so pretty. So fun to see all of the other trees too – thank you for including mine. Great inspiration and I am feeling very Merry today! xoxo
Your home is beautifully decorated and I love your tree. Thank you for featuring my tree and all the other lovely trees! Merry Christmas!! (P.S. I love the ironing board tree, too!)
Thank you Karen! XO
Your tree is gorgeous! WOW this is what I was talking about, told you mine was pathetic, but cute LOL!
No girl…it is NOT pathetic!!! I love it so much!!!
Just beautiful, Julie! I love the way the entire room looks as well as the view from the loft. I love that huge mirror too! Thanks for sharing the other trees…my computer is out and I haven’t been able to visit…using the apt business center when I can.
Thanks for sharing more of your beautiful home! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Thanks so much Pat! I hope you get your computer fixed soon!!
Too funny, we have the EXACT same angel, it’s on our “handmade” ornament tree in the entryway!
You must be kidding!!!!
It was the angel on my moms tree when she was growing up!
Your tree is gorgeous and I love the room it’s in! The view of the woods beyond the tree is great! It really does have a cozy lodge feel with the beams and fireplace – love it! And, I see that you know the proper way to take a tree in and out of a door – stump first. Our first tree was awful. We cut it ourselves but it was basically dead by Christmas. When we went to take it out, Jim carried it out tip first and it was like turning an umbrella inside out! The branches bent backwards, then sprung forward and every single dried up needle left flew off the tree! They were in the house, outside of the house, everywhere! All we could do was laugh and get out the broom! LOL! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Leena
That is hysterical! At least you knew to get the broom out. I killed a vacuum cleaning ours up once! lol Thanks Leena! Love ya girl!!
It’s a beautiful tree, Julie and I loved seeing the photo of Christmas past.
Your home and decor is lovely!
Thank you Karin, Merry Christmas 🙂
I knew your living room would be beautiful all decked out for the holiday season… and it is! Wishing you and your wonderful family a happy and healthy holiday!!!
Your tree is beautiful and thank you so very much for featuring my tree! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Your tree looks so beautiful and it looks great in your Winter Beach Lodge living room – very festive! Happy Holidays my friend, to you and your family!
Julie, that room is gorgeous! I love the theme. You are such a clever girl. And, the tree…beautiful! Had to laugh at that photo of you when you were little. I can see that cute personality shining through in you still. As a matter of fact, your pose in the photo up top is very similar.
Julie….I always love the way you decorate and make putting up your tree so fun. Thanks for sharing my tree and all the other beautiful trees.
I love your home decked out for CHristmas, so beautiful! Love the picture of you guys bringing in the tree 🙂 Thanks for the shout out, you are so sweet.
Oh my goodness, Julie ~ absolutely beautiful. Your tree is the kind I dream about!
Everything looks great, Julie! What I remember from tree acquisition in upstate NY is shaking the tree free of snow before we brought it inside. That activity was pretty much a joke, as there was always a huge puddle on the floor in the morning.
Thank you Kirby! lol!!
Beautiful Jules!! Love the Lodge!! Merry Christmas! Xo
Merry Christmas Kelly!!
Julie, your tree is breathtaking and it’s just my kind of tree – full of beauty and memories. Thank you for sharing this with us and wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all things wonderful for 2014. Hugs!
Thank you Cindy…Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend!
Julie your Christmas Tree is gorgeous! Love the tinsel…
What a fun tree! And that toboggan on the wall is so cool! I think you should paint your nails red and replicate that photo – merry Christmas!
I think my favorite photo of your tree is the one in the reflection in the mirror. WOWSERS! Or maybe the nighttime one…GORGEOUS!! Love the throwback red nails photo…too cute! And thanks bunches for including me in your trees!! Love you, lady!
Julie, I LOVE LOVE that silver tureen. Can you tell who made it?
It’s doesn’t have a name on it.