Decorating our Miniature Christmas Tree

We’ve had to make some decisions since our decision to try condo living. One was what to do about a Christmas tree. Real ones have gotten so expensive and there’s no where to store an artificial tree of any size.  So, last year we bought a small tree that’s meant to be used as a tree on your front porch or somewhere like that. It is the perfect size for the room, but I must say, it’s a bit ornament-heavy.  This is the tree we filled with our homemade and souvenir ornaments during Christmas’s of the past…

Our traditional tree.
Our traditional tree from about 5 years ago.

And here is the new size:

"I've killed it!"
“I’ve killed it!”

Just kidding. The new porch-size tree that now sits on the desk in our living room window:

Fluffing and fluffing, but it just won't get any bigger.
Fluffing and fluffing, but it just won’t get any bigger.
Helen Keller Quote
Helen Keller Quote

So, we decided that for the 3rd time in two Christmas’s, we needed to pare down our ornaments.  We decided to use only those that truly mean something special to us, like the one above.

100 Years of Disney
100 Years of Disney

Disney ornaments are a “never part with” treasure because of all the many vacations we’ve spent there as a family. Amy has a special attachment now because of the Disney Internship she earned this time last year.

Our turtle diva from a vacation at the beach.
Our turtle diva from a vacation at the beach.
Aaron's handmade Santa out of a clay pot.
Aaron’s handmade Santa out of a clay pot.

 

The perfect size for a small condo.
The perfect size for a small condo.

And here are a few other shots of our Christmas decor in our condo. Since we have two homes, I’ve decided to do the same with decor as I did with the tree.  We use only the things that mean a lot to us.  Like my Cuthbertson Christmas dishes, a gift from my mom in love…

Our dining room table.
Our dining room table.

And,

Mr. and Mrs. Santa
Mr. and Mrs. Santa

And of course, my carolers which have been gifts from many different Christmas’s.

Well, it may not be the biggest Christmas tree, but in keeping with the real meaning of the season, a baby was born in a manger – not a mansion, and the joy we feel because of that is the biggest part of Christmas. I hope yours is the MERRIEST ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Decorating our Miniature Christmas Tree

  1. We’ve always had a big, live tree, plus several other small artificial trees – but for some reason, I’m over it. I want one simple, natural looking tree this year. I love how you had to make a decision about ranking your ornaments according to meaning. I’d rather have a tree full of memories made of popsicle sticks than a matchy – matchy tree!

    1. Hope, we are on the same page! It’s been sweet to stand in front of our little tree this year and realize that it is chock full of memories. We moved out of a house that had 5 bedrooms and just about every room in the house either had a tree or was bathed in decorations every year. I’d start on Veteran’s Day and it took about a week to get it all done in time to take it all downs again. Simplicity is my new motto and I have to say, I’m much happier with it.

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