A very BabyMachristmas: The Tree

Daisy was at me from the moment she woke up “Mum, can we get the tree today? It’s December…we can get the tree today Muuuuum.” So as soon as Harper woke from her lunchtime rest we got in the car and drove here. To the Christmas Tree Farm!

Rob got his saw and off they went, Harper pointing the way. It’s very important business, this tree picking business.

We’d stop. And ponder. And all have our say before moving onto the next.

Until. There she was! Our tree! Rob got cutting…

Then we dragged her up the hill to the car. And then home where Bing Crosby was put on and decorations were added. I was so busy doing my very most favourite family thing to do that I didn’t take one photo. Not one. I was too busy singing Mele kalikimaka.

While our tree could be all stylish and themed and fancy…it’s just not. It’s covered with crappy decorations that we have collected through the years. Covered in coloured lights and remind me of the ones I had when I was a little girl. Tossed with shitty bits of tinsel that the girls love and covered in Pre School or home made decorations. It’s messy. And colourful. It’s a little dodgy. And it is absolutely adored by the girls. Which is what counts. And it smells? Amazing. Like Christmas should.

It’s pretty big too. And a little bare in some sections so I think I’ll need to get a few more bits next week.

Oh Christmas 2011, you are looking pretty good to me so far…


  1. Apparently our Alter of Plastic is going up tomorrow. We did the real tree about three years ago. I still find pine needles and I ended up just wearing sanitary pads for the whole month due to just how allergic it turned out I was to live Christmas trees. Who knew. Happy Christmas!

  2. Awwwwww its gorgeous! Our tree is starting to be a little more “styled” with misses 7 & 8 and I learnt to let go too…….. we have a tree in a pot

  3. Just the way it should be! x

  4. Its gorgeous! I can’t wait to put ours up. Im not allowed to have a real tree *sob* so will make do with the plastic one. Where did you get the tractor picture thats on the wall behind the tree?

  5. Firstly, you did that on top of everything else you did today? You are a Machine!! Secondly, you have the most welcoming home. Thirdly, the tree is magic. x

  6. Looks gorgeous Beth x

  7. Pretty. Like the rest of your house, it says “home”.

  8. I did a post on cutting our tree down a few days ago and let me tell you, it looks so weird to see everything lush and green there while everything here is falling into winter’s slumber!
    Your home has me constantly swooning with envy…those windows, that openness…how do we spell J~E~A~L~O~U~S???

  9. Just lovely x

  10. Just lovely x

  11. Nothing beats the smell of a fresh real xmas tree.

    Looks great to me hun. As for the carols? Yesterday I listened to Mariah Carey, The Chipmunks Xmas and Glee Christmas Vol 1 and 2.

    Today it’s more carols at my house as we continue cleaning and getting ready for Xmas.


  12. Looks fantastic and I bet it smells even better. Personally I don’t like Christmas trees that are all department store ‘perfect’ and have a colour or theme happening. I like one full of memories that the kids have helped put up.

    I have a rule that Christmas doesn’t begin until after December 8 (my mum’s birthday), so it will be next weekend that we do our tree. xx

  13. Very pretty! No wonder the girls adore it, Beth.

    No ‘styled’ Chrissy tree at my place either. Trees are meant to be a hotch-potch of loveliness collected over the years, aren’t they? x

  14. Looks great Beth. I love a big tree! If we have to put one up it may as well be a statement. x

  15. Oh man, I am the antithesis of this! I can appreciate a pretty tree, but can’t be bothered to do my own.

    Luckily, for my kids, I married THE biggest Christmas tragic in Sydney. He digs Christmas stores and the opportunity to don a Santa suit.

    Merry (early) Christmas! xx

  16. The red tub trug is inspired.

  17. I love love LOVE these pics lady. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy seeing your beautifully decked out tree. THIS is the kind of tree I remember as a child also. Except we never had the pleasure of selecting ours from a tree farm… now that is something special. And I can just imagine the scent, Ohhhhh that sweet fresh pine. Happy days! :o) xo

  18. Great tree! I love a bit of Mele Kalikimaka, too. Sadly, certain people in this house do not share my enthusiasm for Bing.

  19. It’s perfect !!

  20. It really does feel like Christmas once the tree is up! I love that your tree isn’t perfect looking, but so sentimental and lovely that the kids can decorate it, and enjoy every moment.

    I have a friend who has two trees – her perfect one, and then the one with all the kids’ homemade trinkets on it. I love Christmas, but not that much, but the idea is good!


  21. that is so beautiful. our little plastic tree makes me sad but the closest tree farm is not so close. bit inspired by that pretty christmas cheer. am sure the smell is amazing!

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