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Christmas 2017: the pink tree

Twenty one years ago, people started giving us Barbie and Princess and American Girl ornaments for my oldest daughter. Then we had two more girls, and that meant even more fancy ornaments. I also happened to collect vintage ornaments and had some of my grandmother’s originals, faded to lovely pastels through years of use and age.

And I love pink. So, one day I searched online and found a pretty pink flocked tree (Link is similar, ours is only 7′ and it was about a third the cost because who would want a pink flicked tree back in 2011? Me.)

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For several years, the pink tree was displayed in our playroom with all of the vintage goodies and girls’ ornaments. I always kind of giggled from the street that you could barely make out the pink through the curtains. For the first three Christmases here in Ohio, I wasn’t sure where to put her. She brightened a sad dark corner of our upstairs hallway, but it never felt right to me.

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This year I stood in Annmarie’s room, and it hit me. I could fit it in here if I moved some things around. And there was still another 7′ green tree I could put in Izzy’s room — she’s too cool for a pink tree anyway.

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And so it was decided. And now I’m thinking, WHY THE HECK DIDN’T I DO THIS YEARS AGO?

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There is a little acrylic mirror I painted with paint pen that reflects a little cheer. I hung it up with 3M Command Velcro strips.

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Mom-Mom’s ornaments are my favorite.

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Annmarie’s bed got the addition of a furry pillow. Her sheets already look like they have snowflakes, and buffalo check is always festive!

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The little dolls were handmade from a “Posie gets Cozy” Santa Lucia kit from 2006. I still bring them out every year.  The Santa Lucia tradition itself is sweet, From the Wiki: “In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, as songs are sung, girls dressed as Saint Lucy carry cookies and saffron buns in procession, which “symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness.”

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As I look at her room now, I feel like we could add a white wreath above her light!  I still love it, and know that taking this down after Jan 1 will be a little sad for me.

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Kids rooms are the perfect place to experiment with color, right? Why should that be any different at Christmas?!

Thanks for visiting. I’m still working on getting the living room, dining room, kitchen and Man Cave ready to shoot. They are not pink. 😉

Stay tuned! xo

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