Nobody asked, but moving in December gets ZERO stars from me – do not recommend! However, if you are looking for ways to keep it simple (and less overwhelming) I’ve got a pretty easy tree trimming hack that still has all the nostalgic Christmas feels.
“I’m not putting up a tree this year,” I declared to my sisters recently. “I just don’t have the bandwidth since we’re moving.”
It’s been such a joy to have a new space to decorate again, but when I thought about finding all my Christmas tree decorations among the boxes and moving mess, it felt a bit overwhelming.
They decided they weren’t having it. Christmas Eve (which is when us Finns celebrate) will be at our new house, after all!
So last weekend my brother-in-law and sister Lea, helped me get one installed! This house came with two or three heavy metal (they don’t make them this way anymore) tree stands just kicking around, so that part was easy.
Decorating my real Christmas tree with tinsel
Hopefully you saw this fun video montage that I shared on Instagram. It shows the moment I discovered the perfect real Christmas tree and all the glittery-glam results once it was decorated! If you’ve never brought a real Christmas tree home, it’s fun to see the process from picking it out to getting it home.
Greg and my sister Lea with Lucy and Babs
Then, on Instagram, I saw my friend Rebecca’s tinsel tree and immediately fell in love. Did you know silver tinsel is making a comeback? So, I decided I would do the same to keep it simple.
This is the one! (below)
The easiest tree decorating hack
And here it is! Easiest tree in the world! We were at Woodsong Christmas Tree farm in Lindell Beach!
Did you know that tinsel is one of the original decorations for Christmas trees. It’s meant to look like sparkling icicles. Some of us might even remember tinsel trees from our childhood. I love that something this simple can make such a beautiful decoration.
However, it turns out, it’s not that easy to hang tinsel. Have you tried tinsel on your tree recently? I had to watch a youtube video to get mine right 🙂 There is a bit of a trick to hanging tinsel and you simply can’t just lay it over the width of the branches. But naturally, that’s what I started doing. I was just hanging them over the sides of the branches like I was draping a scarf or something and quickly realized that it looked dumb.
So, here’s what I learned about decorating with tinsel: You simply LAY the ribbons of tinsel vertically over the length of the branch towards the end – NOT horizontally across the width of the branch. In other words, drape the tinsel over the ends of the branches like long icicles might hang off a tree.
All in all though, metallic tinsel combined with white lights is a very pretty and nostalgic way to decorate a tree. And it truly needs nothing else.
Instead of presents, I added some more glam with extra large gold ornaments under the tree on top of a plush white tree skirt. The biggest gold balls I bought from Canadian Tire and the smaller ones are from West Coast Gardens in Surrey, BC. Anyone else put something other than presents under the tree? 😉
By the way, my living room is looking darn cute. I have added my green outdoor sectional in this room temporarily (not shown) while I decide which new furniture pieces I’m going to order. Follow along with daily updates on my Instagram.
It’s -12 degrees celsius today. Today was originally moving day but seeing that it was going to be cold or even worse, blowing snow, I moved it up to this past Friday. This means we still had a lot of random packing up of the bathrooms, closets, linen closet, etc.
Hot tip for y’all: DO NOT MOVE IN THE WINTER, haha.
More on my renovation coming soon but right now I am surrounded by boxes!
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