It was such a huge relief to finally decorate the Christmas tree. I was about to give up on having a decorated tree, and I’m so glad I didn’t.
There’s something so special about reliving the memories brought back by each ornament. And my favorite part: looking at pictures of my girl when she was little.
Even though I kept the tree very simple, I did keep in mind a few tips for decorating the perfect Christmas tree.
~Create depth by tucking ornaments inside the branches. This is also a great way to fill in gaps and hide the tree trunk, or pole in my case.
~Use ribbon, instead of metal hooks, to hang your ornaments. This simple tip really adds a decorator look. If you do use hooks, and I did use some, make sure they’re well hidden by the branches.
~Hang clear ornaments near the lights. This is a great way to add sparkle to a special ornament.
The keepsake ornament was a wedding gift from Mr. Hines’ mom, and every year when I unwrap that ornament, it takes me back to our wedding shower. As a matter of fact, we are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary today!
~Use floral wire to keep ribbons and bows in place. I usually skip this step, and I always end up with falling ribbon. So, this year I took the extra measure, and it really improved the look of my bow topper.
This bow is made up of several individual loops of ribbon attached next to each other around the top of tree.
~Think outside the box when it comes to ornaments. I love using framed photos. I normally tuck this photo into our tree, but decided to display it for everyone to see when they enter our home.
That is one of my favorite pictures of Hannah. Her preschool teacher gave these as parent gifts that year. Needless to say that tears and tissues were flowing as parents opened their gift. To think that I almost missed out on seeing that four-year-old face again.
That’s our tree, and it’s close enough to perfect for me!
Speaking of that precious face, I’m going to take next week off from blogging to spend time with my daughter. But, I’ll be back tomorrow with some last-minute gift ideas from The Holiday Shoppes at Mrs. Hines’ Class.
See you in class,
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