Well, it's December 4th and I'm not too far behind, am I? This fall lovin' girl puts her fall decor out mid to late August and puts it away the beginning of December. So out came the Christmas totes last night and the cardinal tree got decorated today. See the little cardinals peeking out?
Cardinals are so beautiful against the stark white snow. I got the idea for a cardinal tree a few years ago. During the '08 Christmas season working at Hobby Lobby, someone returned a $393.00 7.5 ft. mixed pine tree with red berries, snowy branches, and pine cones because the lights didn't work. It was a beautiful tree but I just couldn't afford it. This tree sat in the box in the stockroom throughout the season and I admired it every single time I walked by it.
My manager let me have it for 80% off, plus my 15% employee discount! I was so excited! But the excitement wore off when I got it home and realized I had to use wire cutters on the 1,266 branches to cut off the lights. Yep, each branch had lights clipped to it. Whew! That literally took me over a week! So last year, the cardinal tree made its debut with new sets of clear lights, shiny glass red balls, matte glass red balls, and cardinal ornaments. I even found a metal cardinal tree topper.
I won the Thomas Kincade Christmas book from Micki's Make Mine A Country Christmas facebook group. It's perfect under the tree. We can cuddle on the floor by the fireplace and read it.
I realized, a little too late... that I didn't share any of my fall decor with you. It is my very favorite season of all and the most fun for me to play with. Everything seems to fall into place. Not so with Christmas, haha! So here's tree #1. Four more to go.
I hope you are making delightful memories this time of year with your loved ones~