So, every year my husband loves to try to talk me into buying our Christmas tree at the Home Depot. He loves the idea of a cheap tree. Cuz in his mind, why spend the big bucks on an item that will be a dried out, fire hazard in less than 30 days!
I then go through my little routine in which I convey my absolute horror at buying a Christmas tree at a big box retail store and that there is no way that my tradition of hunting for the perfect tree will start there. So we end up going to a local tree lot searching for ‘the’ tree.

Back and forth until finally we find it. It was great when the kids were little getting them to take part in the hunt. But when they moved out it really came down to just me and the hubby keeping the tradition alive.

The year the Mr. again thought we should hit up the Home Depot, but again I talked him into looking for the best tree at the first lot just down the road from us. Walked into the lot, BAM, first tree we pulled, we loved it and loaded it up. I swear it was less than 5 minutes!

I love it when a plan comes together!

I’ve tried to take some decent pictures of the tree, but it’s just not coming together in that department. But here they are:


I love the silver and white decorations but I can’t help but still add in the home made, crafty decorations that mark those moments in time with family. The home made ornaments that the kids made with their school photos or…DSC02093

the ornaments marking a significant moment like a 25th anniversary, becoming 1st time grandparents or an ornament from The Nutcracker show that mom and daughter enjoyed.DSC02054












This year was unique in that my husband actually helped me to put up decorations while we listened to Christmas music. Usually the hubby didn’t partake in this ritual over the years but let the kids and I do it. So it was a nice moment to spend with him and I hope to make it an annual tradition.

So I’m linking up to:

Honey We’re Home