Hallelujah for our second year with a REAL Christmas tree! I can say that I will never go back to a fake tree. As a child I grew up with a fake Christmas tree and had never seen a real tree used as a Christmas tree. My first year in our new house with my husband, we cut down a Christmas tree. Those flocked faux trees are very tempting but I’m glad we stuck with a real tree yet again this year. And did I mention, they smell like oranges!?
Christmas Holiday Home Tour
I wanted an even bigger Christmas tree this year than last year so we chose a full 9/10′ tree. I must have been obsessed with glittery decor last year because for some odd reason, all my ornaments are covered in glitter. New ornaments were not in the budget this year though!
Because we got a bigger tree this year, I needed to creatively fill the tree without buying and spending any more on more ornaments. I did this by purchasing a thick, red ribbon. Lights circled the tree first, then we lightly tucked the ribbon in all the way around. I say lightly, because you want the ribbon to be seen. We just wove it into the tree enough so that it wouldn’t fall out.
I used a red wooded bead garland and wove that in some spots. I also added one strand of holly berry garland up towards the top of the tree. Both the wooded bead garland and the holly berry garland were purchased at Target. Let’s talk about their Wonder Shop this year! If you need Christmas decorations, I suggest hitting up Target! And their dollar spot is prime this year!
Most of my ornaments were purchased last year from Hobby Lobby. This is the perfect place to purchase christmas decor as well because it’s always 50% off. My ornaments came in kits, and I also bought a box of glitter snowflakes which I just tucked into the tree randomly. I also found at Walmart, sets of pinecones that clip onto the tree branches. I then tucked in holly berry and floral stems from Hobby Lobby between the branches to add color.
I found these burlap Christmas sacks at Target and stuffed them with pillows for that full look. These look great placed beneath the Christmas tree!
This has been my centerpiece since we bought the house. I just switch out the decor inside. I added some ornaments and holly with surrounding floral.
These plates were a Target Wonder Shop find, $3 a piece!
This sign used to be my Scharrer sign I featured over in my wedding post. I used this as an outdoor sign after my wedding and eventually had to redo it. I settled with a Christmas tree farm sign.
My toolbox that used to be a centerpiece in my kitchen got moved to the coffee table. I switched out the hydrangeas that were tucked in here with a holly garland. It adds the perfect touch of red to the living room.
More great ornaments from Target!
And on top of my entertainment center I added a greenery garland with a few holly berries and this joy sign.
It was hard to decorate my kitchen without making it cluttered so I just added a Merry Christmas banner from Target and swapped out the fall leaves on top of my cabinets with holly berry garland.
My hubby was so patient and took all of these pictures for me, even getting a few detail shots.
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Your tree is amazing! My hubby & I have been getting huge trees too, but this year we decided to get a smaller one since I just didnt want to be bothered. haha! The kids dont seem to mind, but your post is giving me tree envy!
Hayden Scharrer says
Thank you Lauren! I think next year we will go with a tall but skinny tree, the cost of extra ornaments really adds up haha, I’m sure yours is just as beautiful!
Oh my! I want all your Christmas decorations! Great photos, too!
Cait Weingartner says
You’ve done an amazing job decorating for Christmas! Everything is so warm, pretty, inviting, and just perfect! I agree with you too, there is just no substitute for a “REAL” Christmas tree, and yours is beyond lovely!