Our main Christmas tree with our special and collected ornaments is in our family room.
Our kids help decorate this tree so I still need to adjust a few ornaments and wrap presents, but I thought I would share what we have in this room so far. This tree is all about special memories and colour. Carefully school-crafted ornaments mix with ornaments we picked up on various vacations. There are also lots of farm and Canadiana themed ornaments as well.
There are lots of ornaments that I hand stitched and for my guys some hockey ornaments. We decided with just all the snowmen ornaments we could decorate a whole other tree.
The lights are a mix of coloured (our boys' favourite) and white (my favourite) in two size. We switched to energy efficient Christmas tree lights over the last few years and I love that they don't get hot. The wood berry strands act as garland each year, but this year I changed from the red and green plaid bows to my red and black buffalo check and let it fall from the top of the tree.
The only additions to our collection this year are the three primitive farm animals (about $12 at A Country Mile in Milton) and the wood Dear Santa and rustic wood candy canes ($1 each at the Milton Farm Museum annual Craft Show.) Our boys think we need a taller tree next year because this one is decorated all the way round and is very full! They also said no burlap garland on this tree either because it was hiding some of their favourite ornaments. I'm just happy that at 12 and 14 they still love decorating it.
Our tree topper is a metal folk art Santa that I bought at Peek Thru My Window in Markdale, Ontario when our boys were little.
These Mickey, Goofy and Minnie ornaments came back from our family trip to Disney World in 2008 and another Disney ornament from our honeymoon trip.
I stitched both the quilted panel wall hanging and the Here Comes Santa Claus pillow a few years ago.
I also love these little cross-stitch ornaments I made over the years.
To help pass time on hot summer days, I taught my boys and two of my nieces how to cross stitch ornaments. Now several of my great nieces want to learn.
The lights are so pretty at night and I just love that ribbon! The interior branches are full of shiny red balls that reflect the light so nicely but I'm having trouble getting a photo.