This is my first year with an artificial Christmas tree, a flocked tree, and one from King of Christmas. So far I have really been enjoying it. It was super easy to set up and it looks so beautiful. I’m not missing the falling pine needles this year or the daily waterings. And I can light a candle for that beautiful pine scent… An artificial tree also allows us to put it up much earlier, lasting the entire month of December.
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I first came up with the idea to have an-all white owl Christmas tree when I found a large white owl antiquing last summer. I just luv how adorable owls are. I found packages of white owls affordably on Amazon here. And now I’m noticing them in antique stores everywhere too!
I made the orange slices out of fresh oranges by slicing three-four oranges and baking them in the oven on a cookie sheet at 225 degrees for 4 hours, turning them once. I then used some twine to hang them on the tree. I luv the pop of color they add to the tree and how amazing the house smells when baking the oranges.
And then there were polar bears! I found four of these medium-sized fluffy polar bears on Amazon here. Aren’t they absolutely adorable??
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And then vintage, always vintage! Vintage skis are so classic for the holidays. These skis are an old pair I picked up thrifting and I painted them white for versatility. I have used these all over our home from the front door to our bookcases in the sunroom. And now here in the guest hallway to accentuate this year’s Christmas tree.
Last year, a dear old friend of mine that I grew up with contacted me with her mother’s passing and gifted me this vintage sled along with another pair of green and red vintage skis. They are such treasures to now have and display at our home here in Vermont.
And one of my favorite purchases are these vintage blue skates, and look at the box they came in! I found these on eBay two years ago. Just priceless. I think I’m going to move the skates to the front door inside of a wreath with a spotlight on them for the holidays. Our door is a nordic blue and will match the figure skates beautifully.
This LIFT sign was a gift a few years ago from my mother and I luv how it fits into the tree pointing to the door and the skis.
After a weekend spent antiquing I found these vintage cross country skis for only $19. There was no way I could pass these up. So the Christmas tree is already getting a switcheroo!
As much as I luv the polar bears and owls, I think the $19 skis made the tree. What do you think?
This was also the first time we placed the Christmas tree in the guest suite hallway. A hallway we do not use often in the winter. And it was perfect, as I can close the french doors and shield Ella, our Bernese Mountain dog from stealing the polar bears and owls…
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