The Week the Christmas Tree Went Up

Well, we didn’t manage to paint the kitchen walls.

I know you’ve probably all been waiting anxiously all week for the magic moment when magnolia walls turn white, but nope, didn’t happen. Because Terry got that head cold I was complaining about last week. And I still have mine (STILL, people: STILL!), so basically the last thing either of us felt like doing was painting a kitchen. We DID, however, manage to get the Christmas tree up, so at least that’s something:

minimal Christmas tree

(It would obviously have been better if I’d hidden the cable for it before taking this photo, but I still have the cold and I’m just going to make that my excuse for everything this week, OK?)

The latest addition to the tree is this pretty little hummingbird ornament which my parents bought us in the Bellagio when we were in Vegas this year:

hummingbird Christmas tree decoration

I loved the little hummigbirds we kept seeing when we were in California, so this is a nice reminder of both California and Vegas. We also have these guys, who were a gift from our friend Myra:

twin dove Christmas tree ornaments

I really love the fact that the the tree, while still minimal enough to suit our tastes, is slowly starting to fill up with ornaments that have some meaning to us. Neither of us is particularly Christmas-oriented – in fact, until we moved to this house, we didn’t even OWN a Christmas tree, much to the horror of everyone who knows us – but I have to admit, I did enjoy getting out our little collection of ornaments, and remembering where each one came from. (Or WHO each one came from as the case may be…)

personalised Christmas tree ornament

This one came from Terry’s mum, for instance.

reindeer tree ornament

And this one came from Sainsbury’s. I’ll never forget that magical day when I popped in for some milk, and… OK, OK, ya got me: not ALL of them can be deep and meaningful, can they? Some of them are just pretty. (And this one was actually photographed last year, because I forgot to take a new photo. THE COLD, remember? It’s OK, though: it hasn’t aged at all. Magic Reindeer don’t, do they?)

We also have another new addition to the living room, in the shape of this gigantic clock:

oversized clock on white wall with minimal Christmas decorations

Christmas baubles in glass bowl

This has nothing to do with Christmas, obviously: it’s just a clock. We finally reached the stage where we were sick of having bare walls in every single room, and we were STILL totally unable to decide what we wanted to hang on them, so we thought, “Screw it, let’s just get a gigantic clock.” As you do.

And that’s what Christmas looks like in our house this year: pretty much the same as last year, but with an added clock. Now if we could just get rid of these colds, maybe we’d actually be able to enjoy it…

oversized clock

  • Myra


    Your tree looks very Christmassy, and loved seeing the little lovebirds I sent you last year. Happy Christmas to you and Terry. Hope your colds are gone soon.

    December 11, 2015
  • The Other Emma


    The hummingbird is beautiful. Our tree is full of ornaments (this years one was Rainbow Brite, which I am ridiculously smitten with it) because we get new additions every year and having a son born in December means that we get new ones for him every year.

    Your giant clock is awesome and looks perfect there. My home envy grows more every time I see little bits of your house!

    December 11, 2015
  • Your chrismas tree is so lovely. So clean and beautiful. And I love all the ornaments in it are lovely too.
    Last year I couldn’t even imagine having a plastic christmas tree, or even plastic ornaments in it. But this year all I want is a big white one with lots of colored ornaments in it. But right now I can’t even find the ornaments we bought last year. (Not that we have room for a big tree, or the money for it since I bought cats for my christmas money. But at least a girl can dream, right?)/Ida

    December 11, 2015
  • Hope you both feel better soon. I’ve been ill for over three weeks now and I’m getting slightly anxious with Christmas looming that I’m still going to feel below par on the day… argh!

    December 11, 2015
  • The clock is a genius idea if you’re as short-sighted as I am! I can’t read most wall clocks without glasses on, but you can’t exactly miss this one!

    December 11, 2015
  • I hope both of you feel better real soon!

    I really like your tree and ornaments. It’s very “you!” And the giant clock looks awesome! I wish I had an empty wall; I would search for a giant clock right now…

    We only have a tiny, real tree in a pot this year (which I’ll hopefully plant in our tiny yard after Christmas). I have some miniature ornaments and enjoy decorating the small tree.

    December 11, 2015
  • The tree is pretty and so very you ( and mine is like the absolute total opposite, and to top it off we have two but I guess its how we are all so fifferent that makes it all so wonderful right.)

    December 11, 2015
  • Nicola


    Oh, I LOVE this! I’ve not seen anything like it and it’s all so pretty.

    Nicola //

    December 11, 2015
  • My husband and I have been suffering from the cold that will never end, so I feel you on that.

    Your tree blends so well with your decor!

    December 11, 2015
  • Trudy


    Three years ago we shifted from an older house to a newer one with heaps of big blank walls. After buying a few pictures to fill the spaces, we ran out of money to get any more. Mostly nice artwork seems to be horribly expensive! But I hated all the blank spaces, so a lot of them ended up getting filled with clocks – not more than one per room obviously! I love your clock, and your Christmas tree is gorgeous 🙂 I love the idea of having ornaments that remind you of something or someone. I’m not really a Christmassy person either, here in NZ it is (normally) hot and sunny at Christmas. It doesn’t make sense to me to be celebrating a holiday inside with little snowflakes and Yule logs – I’d rather be outside on the beach!

    December 12, 2015
  • I really love the Christmas Tree! I am really big on traditional so you wouldn’t think this would be my taste but its lovely!

    December 12, 2015
  • I love the idea of the baubles in the bowl! So pretty. I might do this at home.

    December 15, 2015
  • I have never seen a Christmas tree like this. It is really neat though.

    December 15, 2015