Last weekend when my parents were in town with their truck we picked up a live tree. Let me tell you, having someone to hold it straight while it gets secured into the base makes all the difference in the world! I did the lights first while sorting all the ornaments and pulling some out for other projects.
Jackson even got in on the Christmas tree picture action:
The other dogs, alas, are far too wiggly to behave for such things.
I’ve got a lot of close up pics of the ornaments but I’ll spare you 🙂 Here’s just one of an old rocking horse I bought last year.
The mantle was probably the first thing I did and previewed in this post. I started by covering the mantle with silver wrapping paper from Costco (I bought a huge roll two years ago) which serves to both protect the mantle from candle wax and it reflects back the lights.
Then, using this tutorial from (where else) Pinterest, I borrowed a metal hanger and made this fantastic wreath while watching a movie: