The holidays bring a lot of sentimentality for me. I have a lot of really good memories about Christmases growing up.
Picking trees. Sending letters to Santa. Hanging our gigantic stockings. Decking the halls. Watching my dad put up a huge light-up star on the roof and a life-size nativity in the front yard. Taking our new bikes out in the front yard in our pajamas to ride on Christmas morning.
Needless to say, I love Christmas. And I can’t wait to share some of my favorite traditions with Henry. That means lots of family activities and family time this month.
I know he’s still too young to really remember. But it’s important to me to do things together. To begin the traditions that he’ll remember when he’s my age.
Starting with one of my favorites. Having a tree in his room.
Growing up, we cut our tree down with my family. Typically, we’d find a perfect tree right away. Then, we’d say that we’d come back if we didn’t find one. We’d mark it in some way. Then, we’d spend the rest of the day trying to find that elusive perfect tree that we had already found.
But while we were picking trees, my brother and I also got to pick out a tree for our rooms. The tree was our own to decorate and could be the same height as we were that year. I love this tradition! I loved having my own tree lighting up my bedroom. I loved that I could do whatever I wanted with it. Perhaps this was the beginning with my Christmas tree obsession.
So, this year, we found a tree for Henry that was the same height (roughly) as he is this year. I picked a potted tree this year from Lowe’s so we can plant it in the spring. He seemed unimpressed.
But once we decorated it, we both agreed that it looked rather dapper.
We’ll start building Henry’s ornament collection slowly, one or two each year. And this isn’t about spending a fortune decorating the tree. So, I decided to keep it simple and get crafty – making a few things to spruce it up.
Get it? Spruce?
I had leftover pennants from his nursery, so I cut them down to 2 inch pennants.
Then, I just sewed them together haphazardly.
My inspiration was this little tree.
The pinwheel on the top was made by a friend for our baby shower. And the blocks were a baby gift from my friend Ashley. Although most have been taken off because Henry keeps wanting to play with them. And how can I deprive the boy of his blocks?
The other simple crafty project for the tree was adding the vinyl lettering to his bucket for a base. I cut these with my Silhouette and stuck them on. I figure that I’ll keep this in his room after the holidays. It kinda ties into the other monograms in his nursery.
I’m not sure if it’s the bucket or the blocks or the pennants or the branches, but Henry is mesmerized with his tree. He keeps grabbing at it, which makes it worth the effort and extra watering. I’d like to get a picture with just him and his tree, but I was able to get one with Henry and Ryan.
There are tons of awesome link parties this year to get us geared up for Christmas. I’m linking up this post to:
Christmas Linky Parade Family Activities @ Cottage Magpie
Christmas Crafts link party @ Craftaholics Anonymous
Christmas Link Party @ Red Head Can Decorate
Holiday Highlights @ DIY Showoff
Christmas Crafts @ Hi Sugarplum (12/4)
Craft linkup @ Centsational Girl (12/6)
Christmas Tree link-up @Honey we’re home (12/11)
Christmas Tree link-up @ Thrifty Decor Chic (12/13)
Go check out all the inspiration!