Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our Christmas Trees thru the years

I've actually been blogging for more than 2 years now.

But only recently have my blog truly blossomed because of such wonderful blogger friends like you!

So to celebrate this wonderful season, let me share you my the Christmas Trees of my past and how my style has evolved  and somewhat, remained the same, thru the years!

Let's start, shall we?!

This was our second tree actually, our first, which is still around, is a small 3 foot tree.
Both from Walmart, both, I probably will never part with.

As you can see, this tree is decorated with Dollar Store snowflakes in different sizes, icicles and lots of tinsel!

In 2007, I added the red & white glass balls for the tree.

In 2008, garlands I got on clearance from Crate & Barrel the year before was added along with some Red Glitter snowflakes from Target I also got in 2007!

2009 came the Dollar Store gold glittered reindeers I still use today!
I also added lots of left-over mardi gras beads and candy canes also from the Dollar Store.

In 2010, we moved to Carbondale Illinois where we rented this nice home and spent also a wonderful Christmas there. Here was our tree,  with all the ornaments you saw the past 3 years plus some additional giant Snowflakes I scored from Macy's the year before.

2011 marked the year of ribbons and mesh!
I did not bring out all ornaments but instead brought out all the blue, red and silver ornaments I bought the year before from Walmart.
This Patriotic colored tree was also the first one I shared on my blog  & the first one with a topper!

Last year, I showed you my Golden Christmas tree with all the Capiz ornaments I got from our visit to the Philippines as well as natural fiber mesh.

And of course, you already know how this one came about.

It's so nice to look back at where I started with everything.
Nothing much has changed really, I'm still a bargain shopper , still using the same tree as before and my 2 favorite stores for Christmas decoration shopping are still my faves, I just added a few other stores where I make my rounds at when I can!

I must say I don't have a favorite among these because truly, I LOVE THEM ALL.
Poured my heart out into decorating each one and I am proud of them all, as should everyone who decorates their tree for or with their family!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!!!!


  1. How cool is this to see your changes all throught the years!! My fav is your patriotic tree.
    ~Merry Christmas~

  2. I love the way the Capiz ornaments reflect the light. Such a pretty glow!

  3. It is so wonderful that you have been able to catalog your Christmas tree over the years, Vel. I am not sure I would have the right pics to do that. It is an evolution.

  4. Oh I love all of your trees thru the years, how gorgeous. They have all been decorated with so much love and it shows. I also just now saw your wish list for Christmas. Oh I love all the handbags too. I do have the Channel one and it is fabulous. Hope you get everything. Hugs, marty

  5. Love your journey of your Christmas tree over the years, and each one looks lovely. Isn't it amazing how we do change over time but then not really change so much after all. Happy Holidays!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  6. They are all beautiful Vel, every year is special in its own way! I have changed my tree around a bit each year, too, depending on my mood and the evolution of my style! I think it's fun to mix it up a bit!

  7. They are all lovely Vel, I like how you change them up a bit year to year. The full ribbon is really pretty, and I love your tree this year! I hope you are all enjoying it as much as we are!

  8. Oh boy pretty girl, That's what a call "C'mas Tree Evolution!" They're all amazing and I love the 2011, last year's is beautiful.. til now, which is stunning!!! That's why my tree is so full, cause I'm married almost 39 years, lol! Your house looks lovely for the C'mas holidays, I bet your kiddies can't wait !
    Thanks for your always sweet visit dear Vel. Merry C'mas honey.

  9. All your trees are beautiful, Vel! Isn't is funny how our taste changes every year? :) You did a super job with all of them. Merry Christmas!

  10. Vel - love this post. It certainly reminded me of our many Christmas trees through the years (although, yours are probably much better "dressed"!). I see have some of the very inexpensive ornaments that I used on our first little tree and at least one or two have found their way onto every tree we have ever decorated. Sometimes, they are hidden in the back, but I always know they are there. Your tree this year is gorgeous and I loved seeing the older ones!!

  11. They are all beautiful and special because you and your family decorated them. Thanks for sharing the story behind each tree, Vel. Merry Christmas to you all!

  12. Isn't it amazing how they can look so different from year to year and also how they show a transition in your style? Beautiful trees Vel!

  13. Love them all! But I have to say, I think I like the one from 2011 the best!

  14. Love all your trees Vel! Recently I was going through some very old photos and saw my first tree. It looked bare, nothing like I had remembered at all. Lol! I love going down memory lane.

  15. I am so impressed!! I love how your trees change and evolve from year to year... They are all absolutely stunning!!

    The Glam Pad

  16. This was such a fun post! I wish I had pictures of ours as I add to it every year!

  17. It was a lot of fun reading through all of your trees. What makes the trees so beautiful is the meaning we put behind it as a family, so I'm glad you loved them all equally. I also love that you shop at the Dollar store. :)

  18. what a great idea! Fun tradition to keep up with too!

  19. Wow, beautiful! Amazing to see how your trees have changed year to year! They're all beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  20. Your trees are all beautiful! What a fun idea to show how your Christmas trees have evolved and also stayed the same over the years!

  21. How fun to see the trees thru the years! It's like looking back at all those old yearbooks!

  22. The the golden one is my fav!!! The capiz ornaments are amazing!!

  23. All of your trees are amazing!! But the golden one is the best... Those ornaments are amazing!!

  24. I love them all, but if I had to choose a fav I'd pick the 2011 tree. Thanks so much for sharing, Vel!!

  25. So much fun to see your Christmas trees, Vel! They are all beautiful! ... not able to pick a favourite :) Hope you have a great weekend :) Summer greetings and Holiday hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  26. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.



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