Holiday Décor Sans A Tree

Seven years ago we brought home a white furry bundle of pure joy and it has been seven years since our home was adorned with a decorated Christmas tree.  All of our ornaments that have been collected throughout the years, along with the memories I have of each, stay tucked away for safekeeping in the attic space above the garage.

Instead of decorating a tree, each year I decorate the mantle and other surfaces that are beyond the reach of the lovely and devilish seven year old Miss Sadie (I introduced her to you in a previous post, The Tale of Two Ragdolls).

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Although I miss our traditional Christmas Tree, I embrace fully the fun of creating an elegant mantle piece reminiscent of the holiday season.  This year I was inspired by the beautiful painting, aptly named Lowcountry Splendor, above our fireplace.  The painting was a surprise birthday gift from my husband, Ed.  It is a limited reproduction canvas giclee from an original oil painting by Michael B. Karas, a noted landscape artist.

  The birthday gift is made more special because Michael is a good friend and neighbor and the frame, which is perfect for the picture, is handcrafted by Michael especially for the painting.

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The mantle is dressed with layers of pine and berry garland with small ornaments and pine cones tucked among the branches.  (Note:  The garlands are held in place with 3M command strip hooks.  A great alternative to hammering nails into the wood mantle.)

  To ‘gild’ the garland I weave wide ribbon purchased at TJMaxx into the garland and top it off with a bow in the center.  This year I decided to use a neutral and textured style ribbon.  The subtle color with a hint of glint is a nice complement to our artwork and creates a Lowcountry aesthetic.

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I still yearn for a tree.  I could not resist purchasing the three tiny trees to create a small forest vignette on the sideboard that sits across the room from the fireplace.  A tiny tree is better than no tree!  The two larger trees were purchased at Target.  The very small tree was purchased at Dollar Tree for $1!

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The star atop the smallest tree is perfect.  The trees are arranged atop a silver serving tray and surrounded by holiday ornaments from years past.  This little tree vignette gives me great satisfaction.  I love the subtle sparkle it adds to my holiday décor.

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Although Christmas has passed and New Year’s is right around the corner I plan to leave the mantle piece and tiny tree vignette in place.  My husband and I love the twinkly lights and sparkle.  Last year, we left our holiday mantle in place until just before Valentine’s Day.  I admit that I was tempted to redress the garland with hearts and bows!

Happy New Year!

Sandra

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Décor Sans A Tree

  1. Very lovely! We don’t have a tree either (there just isn’t a good place for one in our living room) but I don’t really miss it. I have fun decorating other areas and then, after the holidays, it’s not so difficult to put everything away. I love your little tree display!

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    1. Thank you! The tiny trees are going to become a holiday tradition. I have my eye out for more of them to add to the forest! And I agree a benefit of a ‘no tree’ Christmas is simple and easy clean up. I have only one box to pack. Happy New Year!

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