Christmas Tree

I'm not the kind of girl that wants a perfectly decorated Christmas tree. I'm not into replicating the newest look or trend. I think those are beautiful, but it's not for me. I like the kids to help decorate, and kids do not decorate perfectly, nor do they always pick the prettiest ornaments. I like using ornaments from years ago, that I don't necessarily think as attractive as I once did, but they are part of our Christmas history together and so I want to see them every year.

The Christmas tree is the one part of my holiday decor that I actually let the kids have a hand in, since it is such a symbol of the family and things collected over the years. The kids will be grown and gone before we know it, so I'm going to enjoy the imperfection while I can. Even so, I have a couple of current favorites amongst the ornaments.

The first one I just bought this year. Made of pewter, it commemorates the church on our village green. Of course, I had to have it. This is the church that rings the bells I hear every hour and rings songs as well a couple of times a day. I can't tell you how much I love that.

This other one I bought at The Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts last winter. The Orchard House was where Louisa May Alcott lived, and the house was used as her model of the home in Little Women. We go there quite often.

When I bought my tree topper a couple of years ago, I thought it was a star. Guess I wasn't very observant, because it is obviously a snowflake, but I still love it and its retro appeal.

I love that this year, in our new home, we can finally fit the tree into our family room. We get to enjoy it so much more than if its in a more neglected corner or a room not used too often. Last year it was in our dining room of our old home. That was great for when we sat down to eat, but didn't we really get to relax and enjoy it.


  1. Wow, that room and TV are BIG!!! Right, back to the main subject: Your tree looks wonderful and you are right about decorating it in a perfectly imperfect way - though I have to admit that I might have put my foot down about the M&M ornament ;-) Have a lovely week xo

  2. Mademoiselle - Thank you! Yes, this is the first family room we've had where we could have a tv that big. The M&M ornament is, let's just say, not in a prominent spot. So, I'm ok with it. ;) Have a wonderful week too! xx

  3. We've never been a "fancy" tree family. My mom bought us a new ornament every year that had meaning to us---like maybe from a place we visited, a soccer ball if our team won State etc. So it's eclectic and awesome.

  4. Lovely! I want some of those literary decorations. So cool! We're getting our tree this weekend. This week we've been celebrating Hanukkah.

  5. I quite agree about lovely imperfect trees!
    So much more character and love shown there.
    Your tree is beautiful!

  6. Sarah - Thank you! Have fun getting your tree! Hope Hanukkah has been wonderful for you this year.

    Elizabeth - Thank you! I do love an imperfect, child-loved tree.

  7. Hi Alyson,
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog and for being my newest follower too!! I decided to stop over for a visit and am so happy I did!! I loved reading about your tree and allowing your children to actively participate in decorating it! What a wise woman you are!! I love your newest ornaments too and would so love to hear the bells and visit that special home!! Lucky you!!
    Thank you so much for your sweet words regarding my work!! Made my day!! I am now your newest follower too!!
    Warm Blessings~~

  8. Julie - Thank you so much! I so enjoyed visiting your special blog and am excited to read more from you, as time goes on! Thanks for coming to visit me as well!

  9. Alyson,

    Your tree is beautiful! We focus on non-breakable ornaments my young boys can enjoy and it's the heart and textured layers of memories that we enjoy, like you, instead of the perfectly matchy untouchable tree, or anything too perfect for that matter!

    I would LOVE the bells/songs as well....that is one thing our town in CT did NOT have and I would have just loved that. We had two churches with bells but I never heard them! As I read your post I thought of Lorelai and Luke breaking in the church to break the bells :) ha ha

  10. I love the tree! That first picture is amazing. It needs to be in a magazine or something! And the ornaments are perfect :)

  11. Beautiful tree, Merry Christmas Alyson for you and your family!