Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Goodness It's November!


.....like well into November... and then it will be December ...which means it will be Christmas.
How did that happen? Christmas? Holidays? I'm still getting a hold on the rest of the year. 

I must admit, as soon as I saw Faux Fuchsia's tree go up, I knew I was going to have to put my skates on soon.... even though FF does follow a 'Retail Christmas' and whack it up sometime in what?...September?. Goodness, I don't even know where my Christmas tree is?.... somewhere at the back of the shed?...behind 50 million lights. It won't fit in my small-ish apartment anyway. What to do?

Should I embrace simple elegance and maybe do a Christmas themed entrance vignette like this lovely one from the Decorating Emporium? Little teal ply trees, what a sweet idea. Or should I find a tree that fits my place? Do many of you cheat and not have a tree? What other ways can I make my place Christmas-ish without a tree. I am conscious of creating family traditions... although the boys seem rather nonplussed about the whole tradition thing. Will they grow up needing therapy if we don't do the Christmas tree thing? What do you do? Do you pull out all stops?..... or embrace 'Christmas Minimalism'  (I just made that terminology up... there's something in that though!)


Getting side tracked...(which is what I tend to do well, working from home and all)... I did spy these lovely cushions over at the Emporium which I seriously, probably have to have. Throw a pretty cushion my way on Christmas Day and I am happy. 

Ok, so what should I do? Tree or no tree? Something else? Suggestions?

Happy Wednesday!
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PS. Speech Night is tonight - where big son is getting an award and playing his guitar in the ensemble. Will try to take some photos with the trusty iPhone. I bought a frock. I now own 3!

34 comments:

  1. A-M you have to have a tree...little one is well..little. You need a big one that says Christmas and takes the boys all afternoon to decorate...squeeze it in somehow. It would look fab all lit up at night if you put it on your balcony. xx Katherine

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  2. Oh great, first comment Katherine... and I'm getting a tree. Done. A-M xx

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  3. I have this same decision happening as this will be our 1st year in our little home but I'm determine to atleast try to fit the old tree in! :0) Thanks for reminding me that I also need to hunt down where my tree is and if it survived the move! Have a great day A-M!!
    Tracy xx

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  4. I know exactly what you mean - my mind is still back in July somewhere! Oh yes, you DEFINITELY have to have a tree A-M! My boys were always a bit ho-hum about decorations/trees and the like - however the one year I decided to go minamalist, well they really cracked up big time! LOVE that cushion as well. Just ordered some gorgeous fabrics from Beach Vintage's new online Fabric Store that are destined for a life as cushions. As soon as they arrive I will fast track my little cushion making tutorial so you can have ALL the cushions your heart desires! Thinking of you all at Speech Night tonight. ;)Sharyne

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  5. There really is nothing like trimming the tree to get that Christmas 'feel' and the smell of a real tree in the house [live or potted] is something special.

    Unlike the lovely FF, we wait to savour our Christmas decos until Dec 1, leaving them up for the whole month.

    Can't wait to see what you do, without a doubt it will be gorgeous whatever you decide.

    Happy day!

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  6. A-M when I lived in Taiwan I bought a huge poinsettia (which the lovely flower shop owner proceeded to spray glitter ALL over). I arranged all of my little packages under this poinsettia and it truly felt like Christmas. Try it!

    XO,
    Andrea

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  7. Are you trying to KILL ME AM???

    Of course you put your tree up.

    Otherwise how will you lie under it and stare at it?

    Thanks for the shout out and link back.

    Better get that baby up. xxxxx

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  8. Get your self down to bed bath and table and pick up one of the cute table top trees there. Very cute and mod, not the usual table top tree's you might expect. Sweet decorations too. MUST have a tree with littles in the house. We also like to have a nativity scene too.

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  9. Morning A-Me. My comment would be far too long winded so will tell you my theory when I see you but I will cast a Yes vote for a full on Decorated Christmas tree.
    Enjoy the day
    A-Mi xxx

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  10. I know you've already said you will be having a tree, but just wanted to put my 2 cents in! My mum definitely embraced Christmas Minimalist and we always had some kind of "tree". The term "tree is used loosely here. Usually it was a branch that had been spray painted silver (or not if there wasn't the time) and sparsely decorated with the odd ornament. Not really very chrismasy. I always wished that we had what my friends had- a huge big tree that the whole family had helped decorate with lights and sparkle and awesomeness. Now i have my own family-i am reliving my youth with a big tree, and all the sparkle i can fit on the damn thing. See- it obviously didn't affect me at all.

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  11. Decorate a tree - there´s nothing (almost) that sets the Christmas mood so greatly! :-)

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  12. Ok, I'm going to the shed, crawling to the back and finding the tree... even if it touches the ceiling here. I'm doin' it. Although I do remember a box of very fragile decorations meeting it's maker earlier on in the year, after falling from a great height. I shoved all the broken bits back in the box to tend to 'later'... that should be fun unpacking! A-M xx

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  13. A-M, a tree for the boys is the way to go I think. Last year I did a pared-down-Christmas and spray painted some branches we got from our block and had a "twig tree" with one of those large spaghetti holders (from the 80's) as the base. It worked fine, but then we don't have boys who would probably love to decorate a tree.

    You can still do a smaller decorative version in the entrance to your apartment

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  14. Reading all the comments A-M, I am happy you have changed your mind, the boys will love it. Christmas is an exciting time of the year. Enjoy your day! Mimi xx

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  15. Hi A-M
    I'm starting to get ready to put up the tree and decorate the house this weekend.
    I don't usually do it until December 1st but hubby expressed disappointment that the people we have over in November for Xmas don't get a chance to enjoy our tree and decorations. So now I'm putting it up when Santa comes to town this weekend ( we are 3 adults in this house )
    When my mum died a couple of years ago I thought why bother. But I'm going to bother until I can't bother anymore.
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  16. Morning A-M! Yes Christmas comes around so fast these days! I always put up the tree...pastels this year with lights & silver tinsel. Our house still has it's Ikea starry lights festooning the dinning/lounge room...they have been up for 3 years...LEDs... so they 'chew' up hardly any energy. Beautiful soft lighting all year round! Enjoy your son's special night of nights tonight! Fiona

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  17. ok good, so by the time I finished reading all the coments, you have been convinced to do the tree..happy to hear that, since while I was moving down towards the end of your post,In my mind I started a long reply about creating memories..bla bla bla..looking foreward to the tree you shall share with us all..have a lovely week. hope the ensemble went fab.
    hugs Colx ~ Afrique du Sud

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  18. AM, I'm with everyone who left comment here, you have to have a tree! I just finished decorating my christmas wreath and yesterday I bought a 2 metre tall tree! I would love to see your christmas tree decoration! Have a lovely day!

    Tiffany @ Lifestyle Treats

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  19. And o yes, must add, love the idea of a tree all lit up on your balcony...for all to see, that will be magical. imagine all the lights of inside...twinkly little lights on the tree outside...Christmas music (classic -not mall-ish , style...is that a word?) you know what I mean,in the background...happy and content smiles from those two boys of your's...Colxx

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  20. A-M you must have a tree or something very shiny, pop on over to my post about my silver twig tree, you will love it, it's oh so sparkly and so devine. Have a beautiful day xx

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  21. My parents (who love Christmas but are well over the pomp-and-pageantry of it) have a small and simple fiber-optic-tipped tree. It's not too big (about 1m tall) and requires no decorating. During the day it looks like a small, minimalist, green xmas tree that you can still put pressies under. At night it looks so beautiful as it is awash with changing colours. It takes two seconds to put up (just plug it in, no assembly or decorating required) and takes up little room but still makes the place feel like Christmas. Alternatively, we had to go two years without a tree (one year we moved house the weekend before Christmas and the next year I had a Whippet puppy who chewed everything in sight) so we just put up a little christmas-tree-shaped candelabra on our table with red and green tea-light candles in it and it was just fine (we had a few other xmas-themed candles and candle-holders about the place that looked beautiful during the day and stunning at night). Personally though, I have a huge 1.8m black xmas tree that I decorate with cool white lights and glass and silver decorations. I'm slowly amassing my decoration stash so each year I can choose a different colour theme...So, I'm def not over the tree-thing by a mile! I just can't wait to have my new house to put it in :) Post pics of whatever it is you decide to do!

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  22. I understand that in Australia the tree/no tree is a question to consider... where I'm from (Canada) it is NOT! The tree IS Christmas.. even if it's plastic and mangy from spening 330 days stuffed in torn garbage bags in the basement (which also don't seem to exist here in Brisbane!)

    GO for the tree!

    Catherine @ The Spring

    http://www.thespringblog.com/

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  23. Hi A.M. a tree must be done not been in my own home for 3 christmases so will be celebrating big time you just have to you could always find a big tree branch spray it white or silver? I did that one year for out side & popped it in a clear glass vase with sand then added little red baubled it looked really cute.

    I am sure you will do something fab looking forward to it :))) x

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  24. Well the it appears the jury has decided you must have a tree:). I have an alternative plan - why not have both the tree and the vignette. Can you really have too many Christmas decorations lol??? My DH is Mr Christmas and our house is decorated from tip to toe.
    Thanks for the link A-M <3. Glad you like our Christmas decorations and cushions.

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  25. The boys will love the tree. Good luck with digging it out storage, sounds like fun ;) KP

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  26. Because i plan on spending Christmas/ NY/ January in your 'hood, i want all of the 6 weeks out of my Christmas Tree before i leave so i guess i'll have to pick one up this weekend?? Yikes, Christmas is THAT close, love Posie

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  27. Another frock A-M!

    I am a first-time commentor but I have been reading your blog for over a year. Your writing and your style with both family and design drew me, a fellow Brisbanite.

    I have decided a minimalist Christmas is for me. I am doing a stint in a small house while I wait for my dream house. Small is challenging but can also be filled with beauty.
    Roz

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  28. I love how your 'Minimalist' idea lasted 5 seconds! It's just not you is it? I think the whole tree process puts bookends on the Season. Very tidy see!

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  29. A-M you tease. Of course you will have a tree. Those poor boys of yours, put your hands over their eyes so they can't read that last post. I do love sticks and branches but they do not equate to a tree. If I wasn't so tired I would have made some witty rhyme about it all.Vote one - tree

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  30. I love Christmas trees so I may be a little biased on this topic. A friend of mine embraces festive minimalism and gets a bunch of branches, sticks them in a nice vase with epsom salts at the bottom (to look like snow?). Then she hangs ornaments from the branches. Some years she has added battery powered fairy lights from Ikea (hiding the battery pack in the epsom salts). Looks very pretty.

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  31. A-M...the tree is a must for the boys.....for you, a little Vignette with your fave 2 or 3 pieces and it has to be at the entrance to make you smile about all the effort you went to....to get the "big" tree up and done.
    I do however understand the minimal feel and have done it before....
    BTW.....thanks for the loves and link to our store Julie-Ann and I are gathering together a lovely array of Christmas goodies, gifts and home wares for everyone to enjoy.
    xx
    Kristie (Elementsathome & Decorating Emporium)

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  32. Hi dude... Its really very nice.. Thanks for sharing this information with us...

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  33. I think your boys would really appreciate a tree. Big W and KMart sell some small ones and they're not very expensive. Worth looking at.

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  34. Wow.... Big response to this post A-M :-) I'm with Amy, we're going to have Christmas back in Victoria with my sister this year (yay going home). I had wonderful thoughts of driftwood in a big glass vase/jug with home made ornaments on it.... Until sister said she was going to surprise us with a real tree in our rented house ready for us when we arrived! Such a nice thought... But there goes my 'Christmas minimalist' idea!
    A tree on ur verandah would be gorgeous, but would it b protected enough from those Brisbane storms u get?

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx