Back in early November, or maybe October, right around the time when Christmas decorations were just popping up, I spotted the cutest little white tree at Target and knew I just had to have it. The thought had crossed my mind last year about having a little tree in Adeline’s nursery but I never got around to it because #newborn. So when I saw this one, I immediately thought it would be perfect atop her dresser, and I would decorate it with fun pink ornaments to go with her room decor.
Adeline was actually with me when I bought it so she “helped” me pick out her ornaments. And by helped, I mean if she smiled, squealed, or acted the least bit interested I threw it in the cart and considered it to be a definite yes.
The tree was super cheap – only $8!! The next piece I added was a strand of lights, which I snagged for I think only like $1.50! The strand only has 50 bulbs or so, making it the perfect length for a small tree. Then, I grabbed a little box set of multi-colored “glass” ornaments to use as our ornament base. The pink ornaments we picked out were all pretty cheap as well, between $3 and $5 a piece. To make everything even MORE affordable, I used my Cartwheel app, and Red Card and ended up spending less than $30 once it was all said and done, probably closer to $20 or $25!
The ornaments we picked out include a penguin, a reindeer, a snowman, a dinosaur (my favorite!!!), and a little girl. Then, I was gifted the snow bunny and angel mouse. Every night at bedtime, we stand by her tree and Adeline points to all her ornaments as we name them and talk about each one.
Lastly, I’ll be adding her yearly jingle bells, as they fit. I decided last year that jingle bells would be the collection I would start for Adeline. To start her collection, last year I got her the jingle bell from the Polar Express. I haven’t ordered this year’s bell yet, but there are several makers on Amazon who come out with annual bells each Christmas. They’re all a little bit different, so I haven’t decided which one I like best for 2016 yet! My inspiration for collecting the bells comes from my favorite line in the Polar Express,
“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
I feel like with the way the world is going these days, there just isn’t much magic left for kids to believe in. I love the concept of the bell from Santa’s sleigh, and I hope Adeline will always hold the magic of Christmas in her heart!
I also recently made an ornament for our big tree to help remember our first beach trip! Ever since our trip back in September, I’ve had a water bottle full of sand just sitting in her closet that I brought back. I’ve been wanting a way to somehow display it, and a friend suggested making an ornament out of it. So, I did! And it literally cost $1.00. Cheapest. Ornament. Ever.
Now, don’t be jealous over my beautiful handwriting. I think it would look ten times better if I had talent in that area, but chicken scratch will have to do. I also kind of wish I’d used a silver, gold, or red sharpie, but I only had black at the time. Oh well! Still got the job done, and I love how fast and easy it was!
Merry almost Christmas, ya’ll! I’ll be back tomorrow and Saturday to share two more fun posts before we hunker down and celebrate the holiday with our loved ones! This next week is going to be crazy, so posts might be few and far between. I hope you get to spend plenty of time with your loved ones too!
What ornaments have you DIY’d lately? Does your kiddo have their own tree? Do you collect ornaments or anything special for them?