I was glad to have more time this December for Christmas decorations and tidying/cleaning up before people arrived for the holidays.

We actually bought a real tree this year (my husband has always had plastic so he was really excited) and since we already had to go to Target to get a foot for the tree, we also got two packs of decorations. I quite like the tree to be quite simple with lights and single decorations – no tinsel or lengths hanging off it.

Previous years, we have received ornaments from family and the ones that are more precious to us are the glass angel my mother gave me three years ago as well as the pcb Christmas tree my husband was given from his family.

Pcb Christmas tree ornament

I remember as a child that we always had several different ornaments that mum had been given at different stages of her life that she always cherished.  There were several old-fashioned Swedish/Finnish ones made out of hay and linen as well as the fancier (which I absolutely loved) ones made out of glass. She initially had owned a whole set (8) of the glass baubles which all had white frosty dots on the outside, but more and more broke each year (she was always devastated and re-packed them more and more carefully each year) until there was only two or three left.

I hope that in 10 years, our Christmas tree will be filled with many different bauble from different times of our lives and we will cherish them as much as we cherish those memories and experiences now.

These are the decorations from Target that I still quite liked. The green ones remind me of old vintage ones that my grandparents had in their tree.

Green vintage looking bauble

I also crafted two of my own decorations this year with plastic beads/pearls. You know the ones you iron on to fuse together?
I decided that to go with our hipster style, we needed some pixelated/8bit style baubles.

One in red.

And one in green!

The smell of the tree is absolutely amazing and the light from the tree on those dark afternoons and evenings sure makes a difference!

This evening I made some quick Christmas baubles for our tree as we only have two ornaments so far. I created them out of our huge vat of plastic beads purchased from Ikea and they fuse together once ironed on. Once they were melted together, I hung them up with some thread from my sewing machine.

They match the rest of our art around the apartment!