Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with

Hey friends! Happy Monday after Thanksgiving to you! You do know what that means, don’t you? No, it’s not just time for the stretchy pants. It means you can start to go crazy adding Christmas trees in every room and no one should look at you funny.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I actually put up several trees around the house just before Thanksgiving. I don’t have my whole house decorated (ha, not even close) but the trees made the whole house so festive for our family gathering this past weekend.

I just love how magical Christmas trees make a house feel.

Right before our guests arrived we set up this lovely Balsam Hill  in our living room.

We are looking forward to both our tried and true and new traditions this year. We still love keeping our family tradition of cutting down a tree from a tree farm every year, but it’s fun to collect pretty trees we can enjoy for many Christmases to come.

My favorite thing about having beautiful artificial trees is that you can put them up early in the season and enjoy them longer! (And, no needles and sap end up on the floor.)

I love beautiful and realistic this tree is! I love its shape and that the branches have a light color under the underside, just like a real tree cut from the forest. It’s so pretty.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I generally keep our Christmas decor simple and uncluttered, but I do love to set up little trees all over the house. I sometimes don’t even decorate them, I think they are pretty as they are or with just white lights!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions
 

Especially in our kitchen I felt like a more streamlined and simple approach worked best.

We prepared a very tasty Thanksgiving dinner for twelve in our kitchen this past weekend! This was our first Thanksgiving in our kitchen. If you missed our remodel, you can find it here. These little trees made food prep and family time in the kitchen extra special and cozy. If you follow me on , you may have seen some of our family festivities in my Instagram stories!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I thought it would be fun to have stockings for our guests this Christmas, so we hung these  on our hooks in the guest room. Aren’t they cute?

For the past few years we’ve been doing a fun gift exchange with family and friends where we draw names and gift categories. Then we head off to a mall or shops together and each person looks for a gift within a designated period of time. At the end we meet up for dinner and do our gift exchange! It’s just a different twist on a white elephant party or gift exchange, but we’ve enjoyed it.

This year I think I’ll bring these stockings for people to stuff their gifts in so we don’t have to buy or bring wrapping supplies!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

We’ll be using our Forest and Sea ornaments this year, too, but I really love these gorgeous ornaments (these are called the ). Each one is so pretty and shiny like mercury glass. I love all the shapes and textures. They definitely add a sparkle to our room.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Thank you for stopping by, friends!

So how many Christmas trees do you plan to have this year? I’ll be sharing more of my home decorated for Christmas soon, I have a few more trees to show you :).

Now you’re invited to visit the beautiful holiday decor from the ladies joining in on the Balsam Home for the Holidays tour! These bloggers always inspire me.

Courtney – Ashley – Marian – Karianne – 

Sources (note Balsam Hill is having a Cyber Monday sale right now with up to 50% off and free shipping)


Other sources:

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White Christmas Houses

Kitchen Details and Sources

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My Housekeeper

My Housekeeper

I don’t think I’ve ever told you guys about my housekeeper! Have I? I’ve told some of my followers about her on social media, so if you follow me there you might have met her already. If not, let me introduce her.

My housekeeper’s name is . She’s a darling round little lady :). I’ve had her for a couple of years and I just love her to pieces. I can’t imagine living without her now! She’s like family.

My Housekeeper

She travels around the house picking up all those pesky dust bunnies, the flyaway dog hair (even though our dogs don’t shed, they still have hair that creates dust bunnies!) and keeps our floors free of any sand or dirt that finds its way inside.

 can travel across our hard floors, rugs (and easily goes up and over the edges of them!), and under beds and furniture. I used to think a housekeeper like this would be unnecessary, but I was so wrong! It is amazing it is to have a little helper keeping up with my floors every day.

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You can see a little video snippet above of how it goes up and over our thick rug!

Get your own housekeeper 

She’s worth every penny :).

Happy Housecleaning!

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