Oh Christmas Tree!

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I knew giving myself a deadline to finish ALL the Christmas decor would be a stretch; especially, with baby, cases, wife things, house duties.... yea, it didn't happen. But, I did finish the tree Sunday morning! Decorating the Christmas tree is literally one of my favorite things in life! My family made it a big deal every year, and my sister and I literally fought over who was going to put up what ornament. It was so exciting unwrapping each of them since they were all individually wrapped in newspaper from the year before. You never knew which one was going to come unwrapped next! They were each so special.. some more beautiful than others, but each had a story. A lot of them were ones we had all handmade in school when we were little kids. They became torn and mangled, but we still put them on. It wasn't the same if they weren't in the mix.

I can't wait to start the same traditions with Fisher. I also can't wait to start getting those sweet little handmade ornaments! We spent forever on this tree. I've gained a few fun ornaments over the years from family, ones I've found here and there, etc. At first I bought a ton when we first got our tree just to fill it and keep up with a theme until I had my own collection of fun ones. Most of them are from At Home (the pinecones, glittery ones, and the ones that are painted to look like wood). The Mackenzie Child's are all from family. My dog bone is a favorite from my Aunt Kick and reminds us of our previous Dane, Bookie. I have a Christopher Radko from my Aunt Nan and it marks 2015 (the year we had our first Christmas in this house!) I am really enjoying collecting them all! There is also a bride and groom Dios De Los Muertos couple I found the year we got married in Cabo that I LOVE. We usually have the Pickle ornament up, but I don't have a clue as to where it could have gone!! If you don't know the Pickle ornament tradition, it's a German one where the parents would hide it on the tree. The first child to find it was given a special Christmas gift and could open their presents first!

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The tree itself is prelit (the ONLY way to go in my opinion) and comes from At Home. It is an 8 foot tree since our den ceiling is not the highest. I think it was about $250? Not bad at all for a tree that size and prelit. I love how realistic the branches are! My glittery wood garland is from Homegoods. The Mackenzie Ribbon was sent to me last month from my mom to match my ribbon on the stairway garlands I've had for 2 years. She told me it's about time I tie it all together! She is a professional home decorator, so I listen to whatever that woman says. The ribbon itself makes a statement. The women in my family are literally OBSESSED with collecting Mackenzie, and have been doing it since before I was even born! If you saw my IG story over Thanksgiving you saw how vast my Mema's collection is...totally insane. I have quite a bit, but nothing compared to that! My faux fur tree skirt is by, Nicole Miller from Homegoods. My large gold deer are from At Home, as are the cotton glittered branches in the tree. My tree star is from Hobby Lobby. As a whole, it's really a bunch of things I got here and there. I tried linking a similar tree skirt, but I suggest going to Homegoods or Tj Maxx..they are absolutely LOADED up with all things fur right now!

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All that's left to do now is wait for Santa to come eat his cookies and leave some gifts! ;) I've linked all I could and please note that Mackenzie may not carry some of the same ornaments year after year, but I did find my bone on eBay if you really have to have it (also linked)! Again, GO TO HOMEGOODS. I promise you will not leave that place without finding something awesome for your tree!

I hope you have fun decorating your tree with your family! I gave my little boy's room a little touch of Christmas and I'll be posting that Wednesday. Let me know what you think and if you want to see something in particular, or have questions about something in my house let me know!

Britny

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