O (Lovely) Christmas Tree! ~ Advent-ure 2010

It’s no secret that my favorite Christmas decoration is my Christmas tree! In the past we’ve discussed my need for Christmas tree therapy. We took the time to diagnose my problem and we saw just how bad it was.

I need help.

But DID YOU KNOW that I never put up pictures of my Christmas tree last year? Not one! (And I took MANY.) Last year we bought a new tree – a prelit tree! A tree that doesn’t look sad and “threadbare” like our previous tree. A pretty little tree. A pretty little tree with even MORE ornaments than ever before!! Here’s a peek: (click for bigger)

But THIS year… THIS year I did something different. Something crazy.

I didn’t use all of my ornaments!

This year we have a color scheme. White. Silver. Turquoise/Teal. And I love it.

(Confession #1: I really wanted to buy a white Christmas tree for this, but seeing as how I can’t really justify the expense of that I settled for a couple of 3 dollar white garlands instead. I’m really pleased with the look!)

(Confession #2: The kids decorated, I can’t keep myself from “re-distributing and tweaking!”) ;0)

But I really am so very, very happy when I look at my tree. It brings joy. Because it’s so lovely, because I love the colors, because I love what it represents the most. A Christmas tree stands in the corner of the room and sings, “Christmas is coming, Noel!, Noel!, Joy to the World!” Well, at least MINE does. =p

After we decorated it occurred to me that I could fasten this Christmas ornament as a topper! That’ll work!

In the past we’ve used color symbolically; blue represented “Jesus is the water of life.” This year I thought we’d focus on that more. (I am aware that white and blue are also conveniently the colors of Hanukkah, which I’d like to learn more about, but for the purpose of this decorating theme, blue here is water. Jesus’ living water.)

And yes, our tree is artificial, fake, as it is every year. But the symbolism and meaning behind the evergreen tree, everlasting life, is anything but.

Jesus came.

Jesus lived.

Jesus died.

Jesus rose again.

Drink and never thirst again.

Live in Christ and live fully, eternally.

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Linked to “Popinjay: Fake” and a part of my “ADVENTure 2010” series.

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Dana
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Dana

Great tree! We have one for the first time in years. No color scheme. No lights, even. And not even many ornaments at the bottom. They’re slowly accumulating on top of the window.

Clarica
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So pretty! I am ready to get mine out of the attic and decorated 🙂 You are so creative when it comes to decorating! I really enjoy and appreciate that you put so much thought into your decor 🙂

Jeni
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Jeni

Your tree looks great, Amber! Ours is less-than-spectacular this year. Since David is 18mo, we decided that the big tree would stay in the attic. We have a little 3-foot tree standing on top of a table instead. It’s covered w/ ornaments & a bit of purple beaded garland, and that’s it. I have some nice wide silver ribbon that I may or may not use to perk it up a little. On one hand, I’d like it to look a bit nicer, but on the other…the kids will NOT stop touching it!!

Michelle Pendergrass
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Michelle Pendergrass

Ok, I looked at your previous trees and didn’t see anything wrong with them or the amount of ornaments. (Clearly, you haven’t noticed I use just as many if not more.) However, this tree is a beauty, too! (LOVE it!!) I went shopping one year, Phil was with me, shopped for like three hours deciding on a color theme, buying all new matchy-matchy lights, ornaments, garland. And I had a huge anxiety attack on the way to check out, so we left the cart and went home and I put up my normal tree with my normal ornaments. You are… Read more »

Amber
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Amber

Dana – no tree for years?? *gasp!* I’ve been collecting my ornaments since we got married in ’98. No, that’s not right — our first tree was an 18in real tree in a pot. Our apartment was the size of a closet. 😉 Our 2nd Christmas we got a floor model artificial tree at a discounted price and a minimum of ornaments and I’ve been adding to it ever since–last year was the first time we replaced our tree, the floor model one had served us well for 10 years. =) Clarica – Thanks! Get yours out, girl! =) Jeni… Read more »