Our Christmas Tree Decorating Tradition

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Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas

One of my favorite memories growing up was hunting for a Christmas tree with my brothers. We would spend what seemed like hours on the tree farm fighting over the perfect tree---the taller the better for me while my brothers always preferred the fluffy stout ones. As soon as we would arrive home and set the tree in the stand it was time to decorate. We would reminisce through ornaments as we decorated the tree. I have always looked forward to making these same memories when I had a family of my own.

Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas
Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas

Fast forward to this year, as we are getting ready to celebrate our first Christmas as a family of four we decided it was the perfect time to start this tradition with our own little family. Christmas Tree farms in the desert are non-existent, so we adventured up to Flagstaff this weekend to cut one down in the forest. The tree species in Arizona are a little goofy. Our options reminded me of the Charlie Brown Christmas trees, but we managed to find the perfect one. She’s a bit stick-like and a little silly looking, but she smells like a dream. And full disclosure, objects in the forest are much larger than they appear. Let’s just say we had to do some major trimming to fit her into our house.

Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas

Brody's Santa Pajamas
The fun part came after we set up the tree. The kids dressed up in festive clothes and we turned on our favorite holiday radio station. Brody wore the cutest Carter’s Santa pajamas from their exclusive Simple Joys Collection . They’re classics with a Santa face embellishing the front the softest fleece pants for bottoms. Isla wore a sweet First Christmas outfit . The little red bodysuit and the adorable polka dotted leggings were so festive. The set also came with a little bib that says “Keep the Presents Coming”—that is definitely Brody and Isla’s motto this season! I pulled out a few boxes of ornaments and the tree decorating festivities began.

Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas
Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas

I am not sure if Brody was more excited about the sparkly ornaments or standing on the stepladder, regardless he was on cloud nine. Isla was equally enthralled with the Christmas lights twinkling on the tree. We danced around singing along to Christmas songs and filling the tree branches with ornaments.

Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas
Christmas Tree | Christmas Decor | Decorating Christmas

There is something so magical about having little ones this time of year. Their spirit and excitement about everything—from festive pajamas to decorating cookies---is felt by all of us. Decorating the tree together will be a tradition I look forward to for years to come.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Do you cut down a real tree?

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