Maison Epperson: Oh, Christmas Tree (Part 2) November 12, 2011
Yes, I’m still in the “Christmas tree” phase. You will not hear the end of it till I’ve semi-completed the decor. I’m actually surprised with myself that I haven’t gone all out on decorating our tree. Normally, I would buy EVERYTHING and by the day’s end, we’d have a Christmas tree on steroids. Could it be that I’ve gotten older? Hell, no! I believe that this new found patience comes from experience. Knowing me and my family, we’d probably get tired of our decors before the holidays are over! So, WE (yes, our whole family) decided to build our tree slowly and beautifully.
(Photo taken using Instagram)
Working on a family project like decorating a Christmas tree is not easy especially when you’re an Epperson because we are bull-headed individuals — each of us have our own minds, style, opinions, and wise-cracks. We eat “Survivor” challenges for brunch! Seriously, it takes a lot of patience and love to agree on what COLOR of tree to get! LOL
Here are tips on how to decorate your own Christmas tree together with your family:
1. Listen to mom. All the time. The end. I’m joking.
2. Happy wife = happy life! I’m not kidding.
3. Choose a theme that reflects your family’s style.
4. Listen to kids, they have great ideas! We all decided that our theme would be Fashion + Food (both of which we are passionate about) + Where The Wild Things Are (our all-time favorite children’s book and we dedicate it to our baby Dylan)
5. If you can’t decide, divide the responsibilities. In our case, Tom and Aryanna decided on what color of tree to get and I took care of the trimmings.
6. Decorate together. There will be no glitter throwing at each other. Those sparkly specs are evil!
7. If you have small children, make your tree kid-friendly. Leave the heirloom pieces for when they grow-up.
8. Have fun! It’s just a plastic tree! The true essence of Christmas is spending time with your loved ones.
You’ve seen our white Christmas tree from my previous post, it’s time to reveal the accessories!
Fashion + Food + Where The Wild Things Are = Holiday style
Fashion: I treated our tree like a LWD (little white dress). It’s a great canvas to add accessories.
Food: The Eppersons are big on baking cookies during the holidays. What better way to decorate our tree but with gingerbread!
Where The Wild Things Are: I chose dripping berry branches to represents a magical forest!
Ooh…this is a bonus! I am not fond of D.I.Y. projects but I couldn’t find a silver flower to add to our tree so I made one! It’s not exactly a flower but the clusters of small-sized Christmas balls strung together and tied to the silver leaf, did the job! Watchutink?
We had a family meeting again this week and discussed what decoration was lacking on our tree. So far, here are some ideas:
1. Buy gigantic silver balls to add scale to our tree.
2. Hang candy canes to add color and, according to Aryanna, “kiddie-fy” it. I’m bracing myself for the army of ants! Haaaay!
3. Add garlands. Aryanna suggested pearls, an homage to Coco Chanel. Aww…she’s really my daughter!
4. The biggest debate is: to put a star or an angel on top of the tree
Tom: “Where’s the star?”
Aryanna: “Stars suck.”
Tom: “Oh, what do you want? A Barbie?”
Aryanna: “No! An angel.”
Tom: “An angel Barbie?”
Aryanna: *rolls eyeballs* “Better than putting Ken.”
Me: “Ken and Barbie!”
Tom and Aryanna: “Pffffft!”