Merry Grinchmas Tree

The Grinch won’t be grabbing this tree and stuffing it up the chimney. Just maybe his heart grows three times more at the sight of this festive little tree.

I love everything about the story of the Grinch and how he comes to love Christmas. It’s a personal favorite during the holiday season. When my Seuss collection grew too large, I decided to split the trees in two. I now have this smaller tree for all things Grinch. From the bright green ornaments to the storybook images, I love every aspect of it. I found the perfect ribbon for this tree at Michaels. The ladder and Grinch combo are Ryan’s favorite. The candy canes were a last minute addition I found at Pottery Barn Kids.

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Many of my Grinch ornaments are from Hallmark, Lenox, and Department 56. The red and green glass balls are from Hobby Hobby, along with the picks that adorn the top.

I’ve got a few tips this week for your holiday decorating.

  • For your fuller trees, I recommend using a rotating tree stand. These are really neat and are great for displaying a completely decorated tree. Be sure you have enough space though.
  • Develop a color scheme. I like to choose 2-3 three colors.
  • Get creative with your wrapping. I love to find items that coordinate with the theme of the tree. I’m adding pom poms to some of the presents this year.
  • Roll ribbon upward to create a curl or spiral effect. I recommend using wired ribbon.

I hope you are enjoying our trees so far. I’ve still got several more to show you, including our Hawaii themed tree. Stay tuned!

Polar Express Tree

“Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
― Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

The Polar Express was one of my childhood favorites. I even remember the first time I picked the book up at a school book fair. The rich colors on every page brought to life the North Pole. Not only did I love the story, but I loved that at the center of this magical story was a locomotive. Even as a baby, I enjoyed trains more than most. My parents even considered moving near the railroad tracks for me. Although I’m older now, I still enjoy the holiday classic with my husband. We aboard the Polar Express in Bryson City, North Carolina every year during the holidays. It’s one of my favorite traditions with Ryan. I decided several years ago to start this tree. It’s one of my favorite trees for sure! From the quilted tree skirt to the conductors hat, I love it all.

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I started this tree with a few ornaments from Hallmark and nothing more. I’ve slowly collected train and Santa themed ornaments over the last few years. Several of the Santa ornaments are Jim Shore creations. The glass ornaments and miniature water globes are from our train excursions. I found the postcards last year at a shop here in Atlanta. I also have the Lionel Polar Express circling the tree and gifts. I added the lanterns this year, because who doesn’t love a lantern??

I’ll leave you with a few tips for your holiday decorating.

  • Add coordinating decor underneath or around the tree.
  • When possible, by multiple of ornaments for continuity.
  • Add filler (ribbon, picks, etc.) to create a fuller tree.

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Check back next week for another round of trees. Leave your tips below in the comments section.