Hey everybody, and welcome to Blogging Around the CHRISTMAS TREE!

Hope you’re ready to link up your festive, sparkly, funky, country, whatever-y trees!

Because I can’t wait to see them!

And, of course, I realize that this is the part where I show you my tree first.

But, honestly, that’s a bit daunting, since I know how crazy creative and talented you folks are.

Still, the point is not to have the prettiest tree (I’m sure I won’t) but instead one that brings a smile to your face and helps you to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Yesterday, when I showed you our special breakfast Christmas-scape, I mentioned that I love Christmas trees because they are such great symbols of Jesus’s sacrifice on a tree, which is the entire reason he came to this earth and, in turn, the entire reason we have a Christmas to celebrate!

So…daunting or not, I’m thrilled that I get to host this theme because it really is my favorite.

Without further ado, I give you…

Our tree:


It’s a hodgepodge of gifted ornaments (my mom usually gives me some new ones each Christmas), some boutique ornaments that I scored on mega-sale at a specialty store in my hometown, and these super-easy glitter bird ornaments I showed you how to make a few weeks back:

The large copper globes with the hand-painted and glittered flowers are by far my fave, not only because they’re gorgeous but because they were originally $13 (THIRTEEN!) a pop, and I think I maybe paid $2 for each one.


I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the opportunity to get a little more mileage out of my suuuuper classy duct tape Christmas wreath, especially since it matched the warm, metallic color scheme so well.


The star tree-topper is new this year…well, new to us from—where else?—Goodwill, where I was assured that it would actually work. So I paid my $2, took it home, plugged it in (with my eyes squinched shut and my fingers crossed), and—thank goodness—it worked!

No more squashy, 6-year-old bow-topper!


The ribbon was another awesome steal from the same boutique where I found the ornaments and would have cost me $60 if I’d paid full price (I paid $5). 


My “tree skirt” consists of a very large swath of fabric (that I will eventually use to recover some chairs) folded and draped around the base of the tree.


You might recognize these fun tree-shaped boxes from yesterday’s Christmas-scape post. They sure do look cute lounging around under the tree.


And is there anything better than snuggling on the couch with your husband by Christmas-tree light?

Not too much I can think of.



Sorry, got a bit lost in the thought, there.

Okay, so enough about me and my tree!

I want to see what you’ve been up to!

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Friday ~ The Shabby nest  ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Finding Fabulous ~ I’m Loving it ~ Simply Sweet Home ~ Whipper Berry ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ Spunky Junky ~ Delicate Construction ~ Homemaker in Heels ~ Family Ever After~ French Country Cottage ~ Common Ground ~ Young And Crafty ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge ~ Miss Mustard Seed ~ Addicted to Decorating ~Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo ~ Making Lemonade ~ I Can’t Stop Crafting ~ Over the Big Moon ~ Shabby Art ~ Answer is Chocolate

Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride  ~ Lolly Jane

Sundays ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Sunday’s Best




  1. Your tree is so beautiful! Thanks for stopping by yummymummykitchen.com last week. I’m so happy to have found your lovely blog and am following now. Please come visit me again soon – I have a yummy new recipe up 🙂

  2. Hi Abbie!
    I’m Daniella and I heard about your awesome party from Cindy Adkins!
    I’m so excited to join!!
    Your tree is amazing! The tree is my favorite decoration too!!
    I am following you now too!!

  3. Hi Abbie,
    I am your newest follower–and thank you for becoming mine!!! I just linked up to your AWESOME party!!! Merry Christmas to you!!! I have some amazing news I just posted on my blog–I just became a best-selling author (I write about mixed media art and blogging) and am so excited!!! I adore your blog AND your gorgeous tree and your beautiful home–You have SO much style and your pictures are amazing!!!


  4. Hey! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I haven’t posted my Christmas Tree pics yet because my computer’s been at the apple hospital. However, I just got it back so I will try to post on tree today and then link it up. I posted some tree art instead, does that count?? 🙂

    OH MY GOODNESS, your tree is gorgeous!! I’m so impressed! Your house looks really festive and sparkly. I love it 🙂

  5. Aimee invited me over and I fully intend to go through all of the links! Great way to meet an entirely new group of blogging friends! Your tree is lovely and the fact that you thrifted many decorations is always a coup! There is definitely something magical about staring at a Christmas tree all lit up! ~ Sue

  6. Thanks so much for the invite! You were on my list of holiday parties and in all the craziness, I lost track! (Or it’s likely because I “cleaned” and moved my list that I forgot…I’d go with that last one!) Thanks so much for hosting.

  7. That is such a fun and beautiful tree! I agree, it should be something that makes you smile.. on our tree for the past few years, for a topper we’ve used this gigantic cardboard dollar tree star that always tilts.. looks so dorky but it’s irresistible and funny!
    For your linky party though I’m sharing a little one I made using your egg carton flowers! It turned out kinda fun! 🙂 So thanks for the inspiration! Hope you and your fam have a great Christmas! ~Frances

  8. Hi Abbie,

    Your Christmas tree is gorgeous!!! I love the wreath on it too! The tree boxes are a nice finishing touch.

  9. what a lovely tree – I love the ribbon. why haven’t I thought of putting the ribbon on a tree!!!

    I also love the rug in this room – may I be nosy and find out where you got it?

  10. Your tree is stunning! I love the colours and I love the decorations. Your home is gorgeous!

    Thanks for having me today.

    Best Christmas wishes,

I love hearing from you guys!