I've been looking for an acceptable "skinny tree" for years. I found this one on sale at Target. Then I spent hours last weekend rearranging furniture and decorating it.
(The angel on top of the tree is not tipsy--bad camera angle.)
I also made some adjustments to our fireplace mantel. I purchased the Welcome sign months (years) ago, planning to place it above the clock, only to discover there was not enough room. Last weekend it occurred to me that I could just mount it on the front of the mantel. I love these pitchers so much that I just couldn't bring myself to replace them with Christmasy stuff, so the urns with winter branches will have to do--along with a teeny-tiny band of clay angels from Central America.
One of the things I love about putting up a Christmas tree is the collection of memories that accompany the ornaments.
Despite how laden the tree is, I actually couldn't find the box of ornaments we used last time, so these were picked out of several boxes. I used to put up several trees--when I had a much bigger house. This may be the only one we put up this year.
Reminder: This is the time of year to buy remote switches that can be used year round. I purchased two, but one won't connect properly, so I'm hoping they'll still have some when I try to exchange it.
I hope your holiday preparations and activities are going well.
Happy quiltmaking, knitting, etc.,