My roommate and I finally put up our Christmas decorations!
That tree is my pride and joy. I have helped put it up for as many years as I can remember; it’s one of my favorite traditions. When it was my parents’ we decorated with their hodge-podge of ornaments (I collect mugs and spoons abroad; my mom collects Christmas ornaments, plus she and my dad get them from their students, plus these are apparently what my mom gets sentimental about because all our childhood ornaments are still around plus 4-year-old P and 4-year-old me still topped the tree as angels with Luke 2:11 written across our robes as of, oh, last year). I’ve always dreamed of a simple tree with glass ornaments, so I got red ones, plus I decided to decorate with gold mesh after my friend Meredith posted a quick Instagram tutorial on how to do it. And there you have it.
My mom actually ended up deciding to get rid of the tree a few years ago because of all the space it takes up, but I ended up talking her into giving to me instead. Since I was still living with my parents, where do you think it went?
That’s right. Back in the same closet. Naturally, my mom was thrilled.
My family has always had an artificial tree because of my dad’s and brother’s asthma and allergies (and mine, once they developed). I’d love to have the experience of finding a real tree, but I’d never be able to put it up because I’d spend all of December sneezing, in hives, or both.
The opposite wall is what I’m calling the minimalist gallery wall. The canvas in the middle is from Naptime Diaries and the prints on either side are from She Reads Truth. If you’ve read WSS since my college days, you’ll recognize the top of my trusty blue sphere chair.
My roommate had a decorative box she volunteered for the coffee table and I set my wind-up musical Christmas tree in it. The tea is brought to you by the Dallas edition of Starbucks’s You are Here collection; yes, the remote is sitting on a coaster, and no, there’s no reason why.
I got the Sherpa blanket a few weeks ago from Costco and chose it for that particular shade of green. It goes well with the decorations!
This is the room at a glance. We’ve since cleared the boxes out from that wall, but we have yet to put them back in storage downstairs. (I’m wondering what the point is if we’re just going to dig them back out in a month.)
How do you decorate for Christmas? Do you have a real or an artificial tree?