My baby will be 8 years old on Saturday! 😀
He continues to come especially alive in autumn and winter. One day not long ago, he took a big whiff of the chilly air outside and said, “Mama, it smells like when I first came home!” Another day, he said, “Mama, it smells just like when I met Grandmé Jude“. Yesterday morning, I watched him walk out onto the front porch and take BIG breath in before breakfast. I love knowing that just smelling the air at Christmastime will always remind him of home. 🙂
In preparation for his birthday on Saturday, “Mr. Effervescent” decided that we should decorate our Christmas tree a little earlier this year, and you know I was on board for that!
We usually do a real tree though, so boy was he stoked when I told him that the folks at Balsam Hill invited me to be a part of their 12 Bloggers of Christmas series this year and were sending over a tree for us to decorate. He anxiously anticipated the arrival of their Brewer Spruce for several days and then (unbeknownst to me) excitedly dragged the big box inside all by himself when it finally arrived!
The 12 Bloggers of Christmas series runs through Wednesday and each day four bloggers will share posts about their Christmas trees. I’ve linked to everyone at the end of this post and I’ll update the links on Wednesday with all of the bloggers’ trees once everyone has them posted.
And speaking of Balsam Hill, they’re also running a 12 Days of Giveaways that started yesterday and continues through November 29, 2019. They are giving away lots of beautiful items and you can click here for all the details: 12 Days of Giveaways.
They’re also offering TLC readers a coupon code that will be valid from now through December 15th. Just enter code: TLC10OFF at checkout to save 10% off any order of $250 or more. This can be used on any sale items and regular-priced items on the site!
Now without further ado…here’s our Country Cozy Christmas Tree!
I love how their foliage mimics the color and texture of real evergreen branches and that the light string connections are made automatically inside the trunk. Just connect the bottom, middle and top sections of the tree together, plug the tree into the wall, and voila. Easy peasy!
I’m crazy about the Juliette tree skirt:
We haven’t started shopping for gifts to wrap yet, but I’m so inspired to get creative with my gift wrap again this year!
I love all the ornaments they sent over to play with too:
(Village Cloche ornaments)
(French Country ornaments)
(Pom Pom ornaments)
(Antiqued Snowflake ornaments)
(Alpine Ski ornaments)
Here’s a sneak peek of it with the lights on:
They’re LED lights so they don’t ever feel hot. And unlike the cold light emitted from traditional LEDs, their energy-efficient Candlelight LED lights provide a warm glow reminiscent of a candle’s flame.
Steevenson is over-the-moon excited about how it all came together, so I can’t thank Balsam Hill enough for giving us a chance to play!
I hope you and yours have fun decorating this year too! If you need more inspiration, don’t forget to click through the links below to see everybody else’s trees…
- MONDAY 11/18
- MONDAY 11/18
I love the comments from your little guy… imagine it smalls like the day he came home… so touching. As you mentioned, he will always associate the best memories with Christmas and home. I also love that he plays Sorry shirtless! He’s so special. Beautiful and inspiring decor as always!
Thank you, Dawn! And I agree, our little man is so special. (Thank you for saying that!) What a gift to be able to do life with him! 😀
This tree is perfection! And every piece you chose to decorate is pure Christmas beauty. I love it. Love love love!!
Aw, thank you so much, Chantelle! What a kind comment you left for me to find!
Smells are a powerful trigger for our memories and I love that your sweet boy associates the smells of this time of year with Home. That will stay with him his entire life. Have a Blessed Christmas Season
Thank you, AJ! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season too!
Michael Wurm Jr.
First, happy birthday to your little man. 8 already!? What the what!?
Second, your tree is STUNNNNNNNINGah!!!! Your color combo and texture combo is ON POINT, friend. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Now, put on some hot cocoa, cause I’m on my way over so we can sit and chat and stare at this loveliness! <3
Michael! You made my day, my friend. Thank you! 😀
Cozy was the word that popped into my head when I saw the tree before I even saw your post title. I love it.
Thank you, Carmen! 😀
I don’t know if Balsam Hill is using this as a contest and I haven’t seen the other trees, but you WIN! It is just perfect!!
Love that he can smell home. My husband went to Table Rock Lake with his Grandparents for years. When we go there he smells the air too and brings back memories for him. Love the tree.
The tree is beautiful! Did you make the chunky knit garland? It’s really cute!
Thank you, LeAnne! I got the garland from Crate & Barrel last year!
I was also wondering about the garland. So pretty!
I love that Steevenson is playing Sorry! That’s a favorite of mine. I’m in denial that he is almost 8 years old, though. Didn’t you just pick him up yesterday? 🙂
This is adorable! The whole thing – Steevenson and the tree. Love you all and wish you peace and love during this whole winter season. Happy Birthday, little man!!!! xx
I found you by accident and feel blessed I did. I find that you are such a wonderful mother that finds time to actually listens to their child. So patient and calm you are. Your tree is beautiful and I enjoy your posts so much.
I love him so much! So glad we share a special day. The tree looks amazing and is so inspiring! I hope you now hear how I say cloche every single time you see it and have a good laugh. Did I even spell it right?! Happiest of Tuesday’s, my sweet and talented friend!
He said it smells like when he came home! Oh, my heart! I adore your tree + that tree skirt is beautiful, Layla. 🖤
What a beautiful tree! I did a similar garland this year, but yours is far prettier! I’m swooning over that tree skirt and was ad to see it’s available in two diameters! Merriest of Christmases to you, Kevin, and sweet Steevenson!
Happy Birthday to this sweet boy!
Love the tree, can you tell which Balsam tree?
Just ordered the snowflake ornaments! When I saw them on your instastory the other day I just loved them! Thanks for the coupon code!
Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! I’m always so happy to see when you have a post up for your readers! Your tree is absolutely beautiful!
oh my gosh – I was just going to ask how they recommend keeping it fresh all the way till Christmas when I went back to read again and realized it’s artificial! That is the MOST amazing artificial tree I’ve ever seen! Was it easy to put together?
Kaye L Thornton
Happy Birthday to your little guy! I miss reading posts about him and seeing his infectious smile!
Love your tree too!
Delightful tree! I am inspired to put up my own now!
Question- where did you get the rope-like garland?