All the Facts about the Christmas Tree

Have you all put up your tree? Ours went up on Saturday. In fact I couldn’t wait to put it up. When you have a fake Christmas tree that takes two hours to put up and look perfect, I definitely want to get the most out of it.  But when is officially the right time to put the tree? Do you follow the tradition or do you just put it up whenever you feel festive?

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Our Christmas Tree #NationalChristmasTreeDay

As today is National Christmas Tree Day, I thought I would share our Christmas tree with you. Today, the 8th December, is the official day where you are supposed to put up the Christmas tree. We were a week early though, as probably so many others. With kids you just want to put up the tree earlier because they get so excited. In saying that when we didn’t have kids yet, we setup the tree at the beginning of December too. It makes the room look so much nicer and the atmosphere is so cosy.

Where I am from we normally have a real tree but since living in Ireland, I adapted to getting an artificial one. At least we don’t have the hassle of cleaning up all the needles and cutting down the trunk. This used to be an absolute nightmare. My grandad did it for my mum as we lived in the same house as my grandparents so we would have two tree. Now I know it could be a lot easier these days.

We bought our first artificial tree together in 2009. It has been going since. We wanted to buy a new one this year but because we were so busy with other stuff, we decided to have this sticking around for another year. Who knows, next year we might actually get a real one. I like the smell of real trees.

Since the tree the colour scheme had always been the same. Again I planned changing it around a bit this year but I just got no time. So it is still red and silver baubles which have a mix of matt, sparkly and glittery baubles. I bought these originally from Homebase. They are still going strong seven years later. With that we had two different lights. Multi colour and white lights. This year I decided to change it. I wanted warmer lights so I picked 240 warm lights from Woodies. They were reduced last week.

I don’t have many other ornaments on the tree but the ones I do have, I hang up each year again. Hubby got a bauble for Matthew when he was only a few months old. It’s from the Me To You range. Then that year he was born, he got a silver train from his grandparents. I think it’s supposed to be good luck when you buy the baby silverware.

The year before we had Matthew, hubby and I traveled to New York for a few weeks for work. If you have been to New York before, you probably know how brilliant it is for shopping. I could be shopping around there everyday. We went to the M&M store multiple times. And the one time I picked up two M&M bauble for our tree. The one with the hat on top is a nice touch I think. Something different other than a naked bauble.

Last but not least I put up this wooden reindeer again. I received it from a Secret Santa I was part of. It was actually from the Facebook group Into The West Bloggers Network. The girl who got picked this up for me and I think it’s so cute. You can actually move its legs too.

Underneath tree we now have a Christmas train going round and round since last year. I picked this up for Homestore and More. Unfortunately only the main train is only working. Matthew played with the trailer and broke something off and I can’t get it fixed now. You can’t blame a boy for playing with his trains I guess. All we need to do now is fill it with lots and lots of presents. I have ordered a few more bits online now and have only two more things to get. Then it’s to the wrapping.

Have you put your tree up yet? Do you decorate different each year?

♫ It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas ♫

At the weekend hubby and I spent the time getting the decorations ready for Christmas. I like to have it done early so you have it longer to look at. I am sure some of you can’t agree more with me on that.
Especially when it is a hassle every year to get the decorations down from the attic. This was hubby’s job this year with me being 31 weeks pregnant. Good excuse.

Let me start off with the Christmas tree

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This had to go into the kitchen this year because I invested in a good book shelf which is taking up the corner of the Christmas tree now. But really I like the way where it is now. So cosy. Our Christmas tree is always decorated with silver and red baubles. That’s the theme every year. At the top we have white lights and at the bottom multicolored ones.We don’t put anything on the top of the tree actually. I have never even thought about it.  Looks more natural without it in my opinion.

Then there’s the mantel piece

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Decorated with little Snowman and Santa figures and some lovely lights going across. Of course the stockings can’t be missing.

This lovely candle I added on the last 2 Christmases. My mum gave it to me. I love it. It is a battery operated candle. I added a few pines and some little bits onto it and 2 reindeer’s around. Cute isn’t it?

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The only thing I haven’t done so far is put the lights on the tree outside and on the door. This was planned for today but we are expecting a very bad storm. It is battering down right now actually. So hopefully by the weekend I will get a chance to put those up and show them to you, too.

Have you put your decorations up yet? I’d like to see you pictures. If you have blogged about it, a link would be great, too.

Super Busy Mum