O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree: A Glimpse at Our Christmas Decor

Homemade Pine Cone and Fir Garland // Christmas Decor // The Gallivant

With our one year anniversary looming, we are coming to the end of the landslide of newlywed "firsts" that have occurred over the past year but we saved one of my favorites for last.  This past weekend John and I went and got our very first Christmas tree! John is rolling his eyes reading this ( "Basic" has been the buzzword of the season) but it was so fun! It never quite feels like the Christmas season until the tree is trimmed. 

We found our perfect 6.5' Frasier Fir at Bailey's (where I also got my dwarf lemon tree earlier this year.) Their selection was amazing, with all sorts of tree varieties like frasier, noble (SO beautiful, but they didn't have one our size,) white pine, scotch pine, and more! As we walked through the aisles of cut trees the scent of pine and fir wafted over us in the most heavenly way, better than any holiday candle. (Although the Nest Holiday candle really is insane, and still available for purchase at Bluetique!)

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Getting our tree was just the motivation I needed to finish our decorating our apartment for Christmas. I have been all about bringing the outside in this season and striving for a balance between rustic and glam. The more real and fresh greenery the better. Over Thanksgiving I went out into the woods and brought home all sort of boughs in lovely reds and browns, berries, and a bit of greenery in lieu of flowers for Fall decor. For Christmas I have been collecting the large and  beautiful pine cones that abound down here in the South, and am finally able to put them to good use. (Have you seen our wedding decor? What can I say--I like what I like.)

Did you know that most places that sell Christmas trees (from Home Depot to small local stands) have a large pile of greenery scraps that they usually give away for free? I grabbed a bundle of fir branches when we picked up our tree, and then made a homemade garland yesterday just by wiring pieces together with floral wire. I paired it with a pinecone garland that I made and accented with tiny gold and red ornaments, and then draped them over the mirror and botanical prints in our living room. I love the sort of wild and whimsical touch it adds to the room. 

Homemade Pine Cone and Fir Garland // Christmas Decor // The Gallivant

Trimming the tree and decorating the house is one of my most favorite parts of the lead up to Christmas. It's such a cheery and welcome sight after a long day of work, or while sipping a drink on the couch at night with the twinkly lights on. Even right now, while it is pouring outside in Florida, it is so cozy and festive from where I am curled up with a blanket and a candle burning while I work. The best. 

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Have you decorated your tree yet? What are your favorite trimming traditions?

xoxo,

Emily 

P.S. Still not quite done with your holiday shopping? Check out the Gallivant gift guides here, here, here, and here

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2014 Stocking Stuffers for Her

A gift guide full of great stocking stuffer ideas for the women in your life!

As promised, here is the ladies edition of stocking stuffer ideas! To me, a great stocking is both practical and thoughtful, with room for a funny gag gift here and there.  Here are my top picks for the ladies in your life!

1. A tablet stand to prop up her Ipad in the kitchen when she is reading recipes or watching TV on it. 

2. A new bottle of perfume in a lovely light floral scent to remind her of the impending Spring. 

3. Kitchen tools to feed her cooking and baking addiction.

4. Or these, for when she gets her Southern Belle on.

5. Reindeer Noses, because no stocking is complete without a sweet treat.

6. Beautiful measuring spoons. 

7. A new razor. 

8. A cute bottle stopper

9. New socks

10. Fun new makeup, just in time to help her get glam for New Years.

11. Cocktail Chit Chat Cards to spark great conversation at your next party. 

12. A pretty bauble for the tip of her stocking, like these lovely Kate Spade pearl earrings

This sums up The Gallivant's gift guides for this year! For inspiration on what to get your guy for don't miss this post and this post, and for more inspiration on gifts for gals be sure to check out this post

A few quick thoughts on gift giving....Gifting is a really fun part of Christmas time, especially for someone like me whose love language is totally giving gifts to the people they love. That being said, it is so easy to get sucked into the materialism vortex and forget the what this season is all about, as well as the spirit behind gifting in the first place. While I obviously had fun putting together our gift guides, I don't at all think that we need to spend loads of money at this time of year on gifts. To me, a meaningful gift simply says, "I love you so I thought of you, and this is something I hope will bring you joy." A gift like that doesn't need to be expensive at all--it could be a letter to someone you love about how much they mean to you, a stocking full of reasons why someone makes you laugh and brings joy to your life, an album filled with sweet memories that you share with the person you love. Get creative and have fun with it! Last year John painted the two bedrooms in the apartment that we were about to move into as my Christmas present and now whenever I sit at our desk, or wake up in our lovely Palladian Blue bedroom I think of that sweet and simple act and it means the world. At the end of the day, Christmas isn't about the gifts and Santa--it is about the birth of Jesus--and He is always enough

Merry merry,

Emily

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