Today’s post is written by our StyleBlueprint Louisville writer, Heidi Potter:
A month ago I received a text from my favorite StyleBlueprint “source”- she who leads me to the trends. It read, “check out (friend’s) house for Christmas, she has multiple trees. And, they are all up and decorated by Thanksgiving.” So, I took a field trip out to her house. I had to see it. At this point in my own life, I still had my white pumpkins up from my Huber’s October adventure, and had them masquerading as a Thanksgiving centerpiece with some cranberries I didn’t use at Thanksgiving meal. I am ON IT, people. But secretly, I would love to have six or more trees. I could theme them all. I could make one white, one kids, one in each kid’s room….oh, dare to dream Heidi, dare to dream.
Does anyone have multiple Christmas trees in their house? How many and what are the “themes?” I would love pictures if you would like to share.
The responses were fast and furious – I have several friends who readily admit to having over 6 trees, with the winner having 8! With pink, blue, flocked, rotating and themed trees all referenced, I was overwhelmed and equally jealous.
- I’m having a hard time getting up my one tree! You people are nuts!
I would like add, for the record, that NOT ONE PERSON sent me a picture. The confessionals on Facebook were fine. When it came to the proof, everyone headed for the Fraser Fir hills.
I have three trees this year. One big supreme in my foyer and tabletop trees in my girls’ rooms. My poor son still has not received his own tree, and he is almost five. (Thirdchilditis). But in past years, I have added a mid-size tree in our den for children’s ornaments (This was during pre-school, when ten ornaments were coming home a week. That has dropped off substantially with grade school-aged children.)
But, I’m here to tell you that it is not crazy to have multiple trees. Trees don’t just have to be in your main room. Here are some examples to inspire you.
The Main Tree
This is your supreme pizza of trees. It has a little bit of everything. In my house, every ornament was a gift, homemade or has some sentiment attached to it. Usually, this is your biggest tree.
A Formal Tree
This is a formal tree for your formal living room. Ornaments are “dressy” and uniform. This tree’s owners are known to keep the decorations on it and simply cover it and put it in the basement when Christmas is over.
Kitchen or Bathroom trees
Don’t call me crazy. Considering you spend most of your life in the kitchen (hopefully not the bathroom as much) three little tabletop trees are perfect. I found this example on Pinterest.
Or even better, a little magnolia made into a tree. A great gift as well.
Christmas Card display tree — great for kitchen, foyer or anywhere where people can see it.
Cheryl Parish, who contributed on our great Christmas Card post, has an entire full-sized tree devoted to Christmas cards.
Here is a smaller version you can make yourself. This idea is courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.
Kids Bedroom Trees
My kids just have small table top trees, but I have seen some great trees in kids’ rooms. They are generally thinner and smaller than a regular tree. Perfect for a cozy corner in a bedroom. This tree has been perfectly decorated. If this were in my house, my kids would junk it up with silly bands, hair bows, ninja masks, you name it.
Other places to consider putting a tree:
- Master bedrooms
- Back patio or screened in porch
Now that you have your trees, whatever will you do with them? Consider a themed tree, just like that dining room tree above.
Do you collect something? Do you have too much of one kind of ornament, so much so that it takes over your “family” tree. Showcase it on its own tree.
This was in a friend’s master bedroom. It had storybook characters and then framed personal pictures. Adorable.
If I could get my photographs all in one place, I would do this in a minute. Love this idea from Pinterest and the dearlillie blog.
Have I made you feel worse or better about yourself?
If anything, I’ve changed the perspective!
This is my favorite place to put a tree. Why not?