Our tree is up!
I live for all things Christmas and this is the first December in a long time that I've been in the same place two years in a row. That means that I actually had all my Christmas tree gear on hand and didn't have to brave the Black Friday masses by running out to buy hooks or extension cords or whatever! Kyle and I both grew up with real trees, but since we'll often be up in Canada visiting my family over the holidays, we figured last year that faux was the way to go. I love ours! We even bought these fir-scented sticks that you hang inside the branches and it makes it smell like the real thing! We hung an absurd, over-the-top amount on there last year and I feel sorry for any of our friends who entered the haze. I know it smelled like we were living in a tree.
I've collected a few of my ornaments here and there over the past couple of years, but most were acquired in a frenzy last December. I wish I'd thought to collect ornaments on my travels in Korea and beyond. I didn't buy any while living there because most things that expats buy in Korea never make it home. I think that's why I went so crazy with the ornaments and the tree and various decorations last year. I realized that after three years of living the buying/reselling/buying/reselling expat life, I could actually acquire things for my home that I planned to keep and carry with me. My own stuff! Ornaments for my tree that I take out year after year! I'm a huge sucker for holiday traditions and, as a kid, unpacking the boxes of Christmas decorations was the big annual thrill. It's this warm, nostalgic, comforting feeling that returns every December and never gets old. Getting to unpack a few ornament boxes of my own this year was the perfect way to kick off the season.
I'd love to make a new tree topper, a few homemade ornaments and perhaps a garland or two. Hoping to find time over the next few weeks! I made this ruffle tree skirt last year and it was... rigorous. It turned out great! But I was DIY'ed out for the rest of the holidays after taking that project on.
Oh! I wanted to take a minute to mention the pretty necklaces that I'm wearing in this post. They are handmade by Rachel of the Etsy shop Kokoro Kara, and she was kind enough to send me a couple as a gift. You can see the necklaces I'm wearing here and here. I love the colorblocking and pops of gold (made out of beautiful vintage brass beads!) and they've become a staple to my wardrobe over the past few weeks. If you'd like to purchase any of her lovely pieces for yourself or as a holiday gift, Rachel is kindly offering a 15% off discount code on your entire purchase! (just enter the code PAPERCROWNS at checkout.) She donates a portion of every sale to the World Wildlife Fund. A really wonderful thing indeed.
Is anyone else in the holiday spirit yet? Have you amassed any sort of decoration collection that you love to pull out every year? Oh, and if you need a little help keeping up with the Christmas countdown, you might want to check out this Twitter feed ;)