This article is part of a series from the Missouri Women Bloggers called “Show Me Your Christmas Tree.” I’m delighted to join my fellow lady bloggers to share some holiday cheer from the Midwest!
Did you miss me? Because I certainly missed you!
Astute readers of this little old blog will know that I’ve been absent here for quite a bit. No real reason in particular … sometimes we just need a break. But I’m back … and I’ve brought with me some interesting news.
While on my unintentional blog sabbatical (say that three times fast!), I started thinking about whether I wanted to continue this blogging journey. Rhubarb and Honey has always been a hobby for me. I have a day job that takes up more than the normal 40 hours per week, and since Rhubarb and Honey has always focused on food, finding the time to test, re-test, document, and photograph the recipes that I share with you was becoming increasing difficult … and heaven knows, I don’t half-ass anything so unless it was perfect, I couldn’t share it with you.
After lots of thought, I realized that I do still want to be part of the wonderful world that is the blogging community … and since I have so many more passions beyond food, I’ve decided that transitioning from a food blog to a general lifestyle blog feels like the right path to take.
Y’all … I’m a lifestyle blogger!
Now, don’t fret … there will still be yummy recipes coming your way from time to time, but there will be so much more too. Oh, there may be a new look coming as well … but you’ll have to venture back on over here in January to see it!
So, for my first lifestyle blog post — insert drum roll here — I’m gonna show you my Christmas tree … and give you some tips to make your Christmas tree shine too!
I’ve totally gotten into the holiday decorating spirit this year … I even had our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Trust me, that is so not how it normally goes.
To show off our guest-ready Christmas tree, I’ve teamed up with some fellow lady bloggers from Missouri for a little “Show Me” Your Christmas Tree party hosted by Terri Steffes of Our Good Life … after all, Missouri is the “Show Me” state (wink, wink).
Let’s get to it, shall we?
When The Chef and I were first married, we decided to get a real Christmas tree.
In the immortal words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, “Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.”
Yep, shopping for an artificial Christmas tree.
To all you real Christmas tree lovers, props to you. The daily watering, the needles everywhere … nope, not for me. (It also turns out that I hate the smell of pine so there’s that too.) Anyway, I’d always longed for a white Christmas tree so the next year, I went out and bought one. A pre-lit one. Since putting lights on a Christmas tree? Nope, not for me either.
We’ve had this tree for four years now, and it’s still in great shape … and I still look forward to putting it together every year. It’s six foot tall, wrapped in silver garland, decorated with a hodge-podge of ornaments, and topped with a farmhouse-style star. Now, remember those tips I mentioned? Here’s the first one:
Don’t be afraid to mix styles.
As I mentioned above, our tree is filled with a hodge-podge of ornaments … some from my childhood, some vintage, and some newer ornaments that The Chef and I picked out together. Some are glass, some are metal, and some are made of fabric. The one thing they have in common? They all mean something special to The Chef or I.
Now, while it’s okay to mix up styles, there should be some rhyme and reason to how you place your ornaments on the tree. Enter tip number two:
Have a plan for placing your ornaments.
To start, group your ornaments together on the floor around the tree so you can easily see what you’re working with: one group for your favorites (regardless of size), one group for larger ornaments, and one group for medium to small-sized ornaments.
To ensure your favorite ornaments stand out, place them in prime positions on the tree first. Next, hang the larger ornaments, spacing them evenly around the tree. Finally, fill in the gaps with the medium- and small-sized ornaments. Want to add some depth? Hang some brightly-colored ornaments closer to the trunk to add a pop of color and another layer of interest.
I hope these tips help you make your Christmas tree truly stand out this year!