The Learner Observer

I realize we’re two days away from the BIG day, but I wanted to share with you the one thing that, when it comes to Christmas decor, we all seem to cherish, love, and throw a ton of tradition into: the tree!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is our second tree as a married couple, and being in a fairly small house, the tree takes up some prime real estate during the month of December so we have to use a slim tree.  Last year I didn’t share with you what it meant to take up as little space as possible and still have a tree, so this year, I’ll give you the full tree tour!

Christmas Tree Decor - The Learner ObserverWe’re all about decor with meaning, and though we have a few filler pieces on the tree, most of them are either ornaments given to us by my parents over the last 15 years (5 for Alex) plus a few additions of our own.  Of course the tree has ornaments representing Luther, our engagement, our home, vacations and the Nativity scene. 

Christmas lights comparisonOne thing I tried this year is the addition of outdoor lights.  Regular lights just were not enough so I decided to pump p p pump pump it up!

This tree is, in fact, an outdoor tree given to us by my parents, and I was going to add some regular lights to it, but I have a few strings of outdoor lights that will eventually make their way into our backyard.  I purchased several of these string lights from Target at the end of the Summer and thought I would try the larger bulbs on the tree.  And I LOVED them!!!  The extra glow added extra magic, and as soon as Alex saw it, he loved it, too!  I tucked them into the tree so you don’t actually see most of the large bulbs, just their extra glow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe other thing I tried for the first time this year is putting the tree in a basket.  I love that it’s tucked in with a “blanket”, which is actually our tree skirt!  This was a great way to keep the pup off the the skirt and made moving things around (as we have been doing quite a bit this month) extremely easy!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThough it’s hard to see int he photos, we have several things on the tree (like angel wings) that match the feathery star up top.  Nothing really “matches” but I do think that somehow it all comes together and just works!


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Simple and Bright Christmas Tree in a Basket - The Learner ObserverHow do you decorate your Christmas tree?   Do you have a theme?  Specific colours? 

For us, it’s a magical reflection of us as individuals and as a family. 

It’s a wonderful reminder every night as we light it what we’re waiting for, and Who we’re waiting for. 

I hope your Christmas tree can be a reminder of all of those things for you as well!

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    December 23, 2013

    Looks gorgeous, Thalita!

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      December 23, 2013

      Thanks so much!

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    Deli Silva

    December 23, 2013

    Looks so beautiful and especially with that picture of both of you smiling to each other beside the tree. So much love. That’s what Christmas is about.

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    December 25, 2013

    I love your tree in a basket! So perfect! (I imagine that will come in useful down the line when kiddos are crawling about, too.) And I’m ALL for pumpin’ up the lights! Especially since we seem to LIVE by Christmas lights this time of year. Their golden glow is so much nicer than the LED ceiling fan lights. And that disco ball ornament is too cute! I automatically hear the song, “Dancing Queen,” whenever I see a disco ball…and of course, I naturally need to start dancing. ;-)

    Merry Christmas, friend! Hope it’s a sweet one for you and Alex and Luther.

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      December 28, 2013

      I think the tree in a basket is here to stay! No fixing the tree skirt every time Luther {gently} walks by swinging his tail (which might as well be a weapon)? I’ll take it! I agree on living by Christmas lights. It’s a must and I am still lighting up the tree, despite the fact that Christmas was THREE days ago!

      HAHA I love the Dancing Queen reference!!! Now it’s all I’ll hear too!

      I hope you and Mark had the best Christmas!!! Lots of love!

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    Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    December 29, 2013

    So, so pretty. I love the extra glow from the outdoor lights! Great idea! Our tree is always full of ornaments from our childhood and new ones we’ve collected throughout our marriage. I love it! I hope you, Alex and Luther had an amazing, wonderful Christmas!

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      December 30, 2013

      Oh my gosh I just left you a comment about YOUR tree and hadn’t even seen this yet! haha Hope you guys also had a wonderful Christmas!!!!

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