A Family Room Christmas!
Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole….those were the Christmas albums that we played on the stereo as we decorated the Christmas tree during my childhood.
As soon as Thanksgiving was over, my sweet mama would start playing her collection of Christmas albums. This was one of the many Christmas traditions in our home, along with tromping through the woods to find the perfect tree (my mother insisted it have a bird’s nest in it!), chopping it down, and dragging it home. Once we had the tree up, decorating would only begin after we had our hot chocolate with marshmallows, served in Santa mugs, of course.
All of these memories came flooding back as I was decorating our family room Christmas tree this year.
Today, I still play the old Christmas classics as I decorate our tree, listening to them on Pandora with my iPhone, instead of the old stereo. And when I pull out the tree decorations each year, I make sure I have a hot mug of cocoa with marshmallows floating on the top.
Somewhere among the branches, a bird’s nest will be placed. My mother always insisted that if you found a tree with a bird’s nest in it, it was good luck for the following year. I always honor that tradition by placing a bird’s nest somewhere in our tree.
Thankfully, we don’t have to chop down our own tree anymore with the realistic faux trees available. This year, I’ve actually put three trees up, as well as small grapevine trees placed throughout the house with twinkling white lights.
The family room Christmas tree is decorated with the traditional colors of red and gold. I also made a large bow with red plaid ribbon as my tree topper, letting the tendrils of ribbon flow down the tree.
Large pinecones are placed among the branches as well as some sequin snowflakes from my stash of ornaments.
Many of our ornaments have a vintage look, with glitter accents. They remind me of some of the beautiful ornaments we decorated with as a child.
The tree is definitely the star of the family room. We love sitting in here with the tree lights twinkling, a fire in the fireplace, curled up under a blanket, and watching a good movie.
Miss RubyLou is mesmerized with all of the decorations and twinkling lights. She loves to curl up under the tree, on the velvet skirt, and take a nap.
We catch her staring at the tree and nosing at the ornaments. Thank goodness, our little elf is very gentle, and hasn’t broken any of the ornaments.
I would love to hear about your favorite holiday traditions!