I am a traditionalist at heart, so I decorate for Christmas primarily with red tones and occasional splashes of gold. However, we let our kids choose a new ornament every year so our tree is chalk full of random ornaments. I help balance the randomness with a large collection of red bulbs, poinsettias and mittens.
Our tree is a fake, yes, purchased at Costco. Usually I buy a pine scented candle or a pine scented wallflower from Bath and Body Works, but let's face it the smell is not the same as the fresh scent of pine. This year I decided to add fresh pine branches to my mantel and chandelier over my dining room table- the smell is fantastic and the pine needle mess is minimal.
Note, the trees on the sides of the table, Costco clearance finds for $19.97 a piece. A few years ago I really wanted to add these trees to my Christmas decor collection but they were a bit pricey. Then I found out a little secret about Costco, on the evening of December 23rd Costco marks down their Christmas items ridiculously low. I believed I saved $40.00 per tree!
Christmas wouldn't be complete without one little girl sneaking into the treats!