The Tree

12.10.2011

Oh, Christmas tree oh, Christmas tree I hope that you don't die on me. Oh, Christmas tree Oh, Christmas tree you look a little strag-ga-ly(had to misspell to fit the song).

We bought a live tree this year and not sure the poor thing is going to stay very fresh through Christmas. I didn't want to deal with our nine foot artificial tree that has part of the lights out so in keeping with my old fashioned theme this year we bought a real tree at Home Depot. The bottom of the trunk was cut and it was placed in a bucket of water over night before we set it up and I have been giving it water, but it is not drinking much at all and looking a little wimpy and dry.

Anywho, here are some pictures of this year's tree with a tartan tree skirt found at the Pottery Barn outlet in the PB kids section for fifty percent off. Not sure why they sell tree skirts in the kid's section. I guess most children have trees with skirts in their rooms. Mine didn't.



 Very old ornaments that my kids made in the first few grades of school are hung with care.



Homemade dough ornament made by one of my sister in laws a few years ago.




do you remember the old coke ads with the polar bears?




Night

So funny, while I am sitting here working on this post I hear another ornament fall off the tree. The branches are drooping and the ornaments slide off!

Think I may find a good sale after Christmas for a smaller artificial tree.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and come back for a giveaway tomorrow.

Joining the following:
Thrifty Decor Chick holiday party....trees
2805 blogger block party.....trees
Five Days 5 Ways 

61 comments:

  1. Kim,
    I've gone to all artificial tabletop trees! Leo sneezed the entire month of Dec. the last time we had a real tree. I do love how they smell, though!

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  2. Your tree is wonderful with beautiful ornies and some have memories, that's my kinda tree! Mine is full fo memories with ornaments since 1975, our first C'mas! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    FABBY

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  3. Kim,
    It looks beautiful! We were at the thrift store today and they had some beautiful artifical trees...almost bought one!
    Wendy

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  4. Your the second person I have read that posted about a poor drinking tree, Kim. Actually, Pamela said hers wasn't taking up water either. It does look lovely in your pictures! I love adding the ornaments the kids made or that are from many years ago. They do bring back memories of those Christmases.

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  5. Kim, it is a shame you don't live near me: the pace where I used to work is having their blowout Christmas sale tomorrow where all Christmas is 75% off!!!! You could get a GOOD deal on a tree!!!! YOur tree looks so pretty I hope it lasts. I loved seeing the pics of your children when they were younger! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

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  6. Your tree looks beautiful, Kim! It's so colorful!

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  7. Wonder why the tree won't drink the H20? I see Christmas trees being shipped as early as October from where I live, so you may have got a tree that is ready for the compost pile:( Darn, they cost to much to die before Christmas even hits. I think the tree looks lovely, and very sentimental with all the hand made ornaments. Keeping my fingers crossed that the tree holds out:)

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  8. Well Kim I hope it makes it. It sure is pretty with all the special ornaments. I gave up on live trees a few years ago. Here in the south they seem to dry out fast and the last one barely lasted til Christmas day.

    I didn't fool with the nine foot one this year and just put up a small artificial tree on a table.

    Much easier.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  9. From looking at the tree, you can't tell it's a 'problem child'. It looks beautiful. Like the angel and the heart shaped ornaments. I bet your kids would die if they knew you put those photos of them in the posts. ;o)

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  10. The tree looks great Kim. sorry the branches are doing that.. All the kid photos are so sweet..
    There will be lots of sales in about 2 weeks and you'll be able to find exactly what you want.

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  11. Hi Kim!

    I just got caught up on reading several of your posts. Your house is looking so festive and lovely! I love that setting on your dining room table--Johnson Bros. is one of my favorite china manufacturers, and the blue chargers are wonderful! I like the touches you added to your kitchen. You're right--that's where everyone migrates! And your tree is so pretty. It doesn't look droopy to me! But when you're used to an artificial tree, a real tree does seem like it doesn't want to hold anything, huh?

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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  12. Kim your tree looks great. The one wreath with the picture is the same one I have with Tia's picture in it she made it in school. I have it on the tree in the guess room on the desk where I am all the time...

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  13. You are the second blogger today who is having trouble with a dry tree. Hopefully your tree will last. Love the way it looks and the homemade ones are always fun to unpack each year. I have a clay pot bell too, I'm pretty sure it was our 14 year old's grade 2 school craft. Have a great weekend.

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  14. Oh, I hope your tree makes it Kim. It's so cute. Great sentimental touches. I'm loving my small artificial tree this year.

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  15. We have the same tree skirt! Here's the scoop - so it was a PB Kid's catalog skirt, not the regular catalog. I was shopping for my nephew last year when I saw it. I remember thinking it doesn't look "kiddie" at all. It went with a collection of kid-oriented stuff that was all in Tartan. They did offer personalization but I like it better plain honestly. And like you, I got it on sale - hurray for post-holiday shopping!

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  16. I had a Frasier Fir every year at the B&B. I loved them. I ordered it from a tree farm in Michigan and they were so fresh it would last for 2 months!
    Good luck with the tree. It does look beautiful and I love the kids ornaments!

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  17. Oh WHAT a beautiful tree...and so precious and meaningful. Pretty tree skirt too!

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  18. It looks beautiful Kim, here's hoping that it lasts til Christmas for you and your family. If not well it'll smell good burning in the fireplace while you hastily put up an artificial tree hehe.

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  19. Very cute! I love that you have your children's ornaments on there, makes it more special. Sorry to hear the tree isn't holding up well though...hopefully it will last you through the holiday season.

    All the best,
    Rachel

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  20. Kim, you would never know by looking that your tree is having problems. It is beautiful.

    We always have a real tree. Usually we go to a tree farm and cut it down. But last year, that is how I tore my rotator cuff. So this year we went to Lowe's. The trick is to NOT have them cut the bottom off. Then when you get home and are ready to put it in the stand. Cut a couple of inches off and IMMEDIATELY set it in water. Just the time from Home Depot to your home, with a fresh cut, the tree releases sap that stops the water from absorbing.

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  21. I know-we have tried real trees a couple of times in the past few years and I have decided that I am a faux fir gal! Yours does look great though...hope it's not bare by Christmas. xo Diana

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  22. Well, it certainly made a beautiful tree - and I hope it lasts through the season for you!

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  23. I've never had a real tree. I've always used an artificial one. I'd probably kill a real one the first day I had it up! LOL! I love that you use all the sentimental ornies on it. To me, those are the most beautiful trees around, probably because of all the memories they hold. Yours is beautiful and I hope it lasts thru Christmas for you! :)

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  24. I'll bet the grandkids can't wait to see it! They're going to be so amazed to see see their parnets' kid pictures! andrea@townandprairie

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  25. Oh, it is soooo beautiful, Kim. Trees with those precious ornaments from all those Christmases past are my favorites!! Sorry that thing is not drinking water and staying green! It looks great though! blessings ~ Tanna

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  26. I hope it lasts because it's so darned pretty!

    Kat :)

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  27. Poor us Kim! I ha to place my ornaments so ar back in hopes they won't fall off. Some of my heavier picks I have thru out are leaning a tad much and I have to shove um back in on the way by. Your tree is beautiful though and I love how sentimental they are!
    Hope your weekend is going well!

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  28. I don't really have an advice to give you on real trees, we've always had artificial. However, I have to say, it is a beautiful tree & you've decorated it so nicely. I love you angel tree topper!

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  29. Hi Kimmie! LOL. Poor tree! I guess you'll have to give it a water transfusion. :) It really looks pretty though but sorry it tossing off your ornaments! I love the pretty angel in red, is that an angel, tree topper! Love seeing all of your sweet ornies too. Hope you're having a great weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  30. Just so cute!!!! BTW...there is a new gadget out that looks a little like a red ray gun, you take one bulb out of the strand that doesn't work, and zap the socket with this gun, and boom! The whole strand lights!!!! I know here in Arizona, they have them at Lowes, Ace Hardware, Walgreens, so maybe you get one of those for when the 9 footer comes out! I saw an ad for this "gun" and a friend of mine stated it worked, juts like they said....but I love your real tree...I miss them, especially the fragrance. But not stringing lights...LOL Sandy

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  31. Hi Kim,

    Your tree looks beautiful! I hope it makes it till Christmas.

    Dee

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  32. lol..I feel better now. I bought our tree from Home Depot and it is doing the SAME thing!
    After purchasing it I went to another nursery where the owner was so nice and so next year I am buying from him and not Home Depot.
    I'm wondering if it is a big chain tree issue:)?
    Anyway - your tree is still beautiful and I too love the memories behind ornaments. So fun!
    Praying she makes it through the holiday...at least I call mine a she;)
    xo

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  33. Your tree is beautiful. I love the tree skirt, and the red and white angel on top. It's alays sad to see the tree start to droop.

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  34. Your tree is beautiful. I love the angel on the top. Her wings are so unique and gorgeous!

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  35. Kim your tree looks gorgeous!! Love the angel topper and love the pretty night shot!

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  36. Hi Kim..your tree is very sweet and full of cute ornaments. Love the skate. Get some rest now:)

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  37. Hi, Kim. Your tree looks beautiful. I'm busy tonight working on our tree. We no longer buy a fresh cut tree, and I have to say it's much easier to put up an artificial tree that already has the lights on it. ;-)

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  38. Oh Kim, I can relate. The last time we bought a real tree it shriveled up to nothing by the time the 24th got here. We took it down that evening just to so we could be done with all the pine needles! And I pulled out all the old ornaments too, the kids love them! Love your angel!

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  39. Your tree looks just gorgeous Kim!
    My ex was a Christmas tree grower so I have a few tips....especially in the south.
    Buy a frasier fir!! They are the cadillac of real trees and last forever.
    Don't buy from a big box they probably get theirs in the earliest.
    Find a smaller outlet or grower in your area.
    Real trees are harder to decorate but I have yet to see an artificial tree that look as pretty!
    Cut the trunk off again when you get it home. They seal up again fast.
    Oh and I love that angel, so perfect up there!
    Cindy

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  40. The tree looks beautiful, crispy or not...lol...

    We put up our artificial tree for the second year now, and we're missing the real deal. Maybe the lights will go out on mine and I can use that as an excuse next year for a real one again.

    Love the handmade ornaments :-)

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  41. That's what happened to the last live tree we bought, needles everywhere and I swore it was our last live tree. We bought an artificial one from Target (prelit)and it was a real joy to just go ahead and decorate it! Hope it does last for you though and I loved seeing your kids ornaments!

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  42. Bellissimoooooooo!!
    Baci
    Sabry!!

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  43. So great and I love all your ornament memories. Yes, real trees have trouble holding up heavy ornaments, you have to put them near the inside on the sturdier branches.

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  44. Your memory ornaments are so fabulous. I love having all the ones the children made. They are always the best. Lovely tree. Hugs, Marty

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  45. Such a pretty tree this year! I love your old fashioned theme using the childhood ornaments your kids made. Like that tree skirt too. Hope you're having a fun weekend!

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  46. OH, the joys and excitement of having a real tree. Excitement of hearing an ornament fall off and break, and hoping it wasn't one of your favorites. :)
    Your tree is beautiful and I love your special ornaments. Ones with special family memories are my favorites. Have a great Sunday.

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  47. My favorite ornaments will always be the ones the kids made in school!

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  48. So very pretty! My tree is full of nostalgic ornaments my kids made and one I made as well. Its a tree of memories. I love it.
    Merry Christmas!

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  49. Beautiful tree, Kim! And, the ornaments are precious. I love your angel, too. I miss having a real tree ... the Christmas smell just can't be duplicated!

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  50. i used to collect coke cola ornies. have maybe 30

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  51. I love all your little keepsake ornaments from the kids. We always get a real tree i love the smell of them. This year the man put the wrong tree in our truck and it too is a bit dry. I always check to make sure its not dry by running my fingers along the branch to see if needles fall off. Its definately not the tree i picked but it is starting to look ok!
    I really like your pretty red angel too. Have a Happy Holiday!
    Eileen @ cottage beach house

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  52. Oh, I had to laugh about your tree. Our tree this year is the worst one we've ever had. I don't know if we put it in the stand crooked or if the tree was already like that when we got it, but it has been slowly leaning sideways since we put it up. I'm so afraid I'm going to come home after work one day to find it has fallen over completely!

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  53. Kim, your tree is beautiful. I hope it lasts. I especially love the children's ornaments. They are always so precious.
    Once, when my children were young, our tree dried out so, you could hear the needles falling and hitting the packages. The kids would blow on the tree to hear the needles fall. We had to take the tree down Christmas day. What went out the door was a skeleton and I cleaned up needles with a broom and dustpan.

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  54. After my last 'real' tree shed and was a mess, I've gone to only artificial trees and I'm very happy. Still your tree is so pretty and I love all the old ornaments! Hope it lasts! Hugs, Linda

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  55. Your tree is lovely Kim! I especially like the pictures of the children.

    Thank you for linking to the Blogger Block Party Christmas Tree Party!

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  56. Your tree is beautiful Kim, I love the colors and the keepsake ornaments. That is a great tree skirt too.
    Merry Christmas!

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  57. I've wanted to try this again, too. We have allergies, but the real trees smell so good! Yours is very pretty, Kim.

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  58. Did you know that your digital photo can be printed as a full wall of custom printed wallpaper?

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  59. Absolutely beautiful feel to all your decorating--really enjoyed peeking through all the treasures-have a blessed Christmas!

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  60. I love, love your simple rustic glam tree! The best part is the angel topper, it makes the tree so pretty!! I really mean that, some trees can be over the top and too much, but yours is perfect!

    Happy Holidays!
    Anne Walker
    Christmas tree ideas

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