It was 1990-something, and it was the day I had been waiting for all year. I was just a little girl. I vividly remember my older brother running into my room and excitedly yelling, “It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!” Chills ran up my spine as I rushed out of bed. With our dog Freckles trailing behind, my brother and I scurried down two flights of steps and into our family room where our decked out Christmas tree lived. We couldn’t wait to see what Santa had brought us.
We finally got to our destination after about five seconds. We looked at the tree, then looked at each other with the most confused looks on our faces.
There were no presents.
We stood in shock for awhile. I pondered the possibilities about why there were no presents, and I came to the conclusion that we must’ve been naughty that year.
My brother and I sadly and slowly walked back up the two flights of stairs to wake up our parents and deliver the bad news. When we got to the hallway that lead to my parents room, we yelled to wake them up. I quickly told my mom that we had been bad that year because there were no presents under the tree.
My mom sat up in her bed, looked around her room, and said “Oh my gosh! Come in here. He put the presents under the Christmas tree in our bedroom.”
My brother and I ran down the rest of the hallway and into our parent’s bedroom. We couldn’t believe it. There were our presents, under the Christmas tree in our parents bedroom.
Santa went to the wrong tree.
It has been a couple decades since that day, but I’ll always remember the year Santa went to the wrong tree. It was my most memorable Christmas with my family.
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Growing up, my mom always put up at least two Christmas trees in our home every year. I think a couple years we even had three Christmas trees. One or two were always faux and the other was real. I like to carry on that tradition and always put up at least one faux tree and one real tree each year.
This year, we moved around the placement of our trees a bit. I usually put our real Christmas tree in our living room but decided to put our faux one there instead. I wanted to keep as much space as possible in our living room this year because it doubles as our one year old’s playroom. The faux tree we used below was gifted to my husband from his mom several years ago. It’s slender but still tall, so it fits in almost any room without taking up too much space.
This tree sits across from our ‘winter wonderland’ Christmas mantel, so I wanted to keep consistency with the theme. The wreath I used on our mantel has flocked pinecones, so I decided to use pinecones as one of my main decorating items. I also had a roll of burlap ribbon in my stash, which prompted me to make a pinecones and burlap Christmas tree.
To keep my expenses down on decor for my pinecone and burlap Christmas tree, I used pinecones from my yard. I have a tree line of pine trees and every year there are tons of pinecones on the ground for my taking. I just bought a small bag of cheap faux snow and adorned my pinecones with it to give them a wintery white look.
I also found these snow-covered pinecone branches at a local shop in town and thought they would be the perfect tree topper for my pinecone and burlap Christmas tree. Here are some similar ones.
I found these snow-covered wicker balls at the same local shop. I had to buy them because they were so perfect for my pinecone and burlap Christmas tree.
I also wanted to have some pops of red on the tree. I used these iced red berry stems.
I have a nordic theme going on in my living room. Between our stockings and nordic throw blanket, there are snowflakes, Christmas tree and reindeer prints everywhere! I kept that idea going with my wrapping paper and ribbon too. I had this burlap, tree-adorned ribbon from last year that I was able to use.
I found the coolest reindeer head wrapping paper at Home Goods that I snagged for $2.99. Between the free pinecones and my stash of ribbon, I kept this tree decor fairly budget-friendly.
This pinecone and burlap Christmas tree was the last part of my living room that needed decorating for Christmas. I’m so glad it’s done. Now I can sit back, relax, enjoy the space, and ponder why Santa went to the wrong tree so many years ago. 🙂
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