Sunday, November 26, 2017

There's No Pinterest Tree Here





Tree photos have been popping up on my feed. And I notice that most of them look...well, like Pinterest trees. There's nothing wrong with it, mind you, but some of these people have kids and I'm all, "How?" I think this because in my house, my kids help decorate the tree, and we have an assortment of ornaments. They are not matching or color coordinated. (And shout out to the people with the fake trees! Whoop!)





Oh, and my daughter picked out the star this year. It looks like we have a disco in the room. Cue thumping music now.




But as you see, it's an eclectic assortment of ornaments. There is not a large colorful string circling the tree because our cat would attack it and the whole thing would come crashing down. And then our cat would look at US like WE did it.

Our tree wouldn't be considered a Pinterest tree, but each of these ornaments mean something.

I've had this Simba one since I was little. And I picked up this house when I was tiny and living in Italy:



I've had these Bert and Ernie skating figures since I was like 5. And in the middle is my first Christmas ornament with my husband.




My daughter put together this Santa butt ornament with the poop emoji underneath. Is it gross? Kinda, but we're the type of family who laughs at farts, so it works. (Chewbacca is clearly excited about it all!)




Also, there are sometimes 3 ornaments on one branch, because when kids decorate, they don't always pay attention. But it's okay because I got them out of their rooms and off their devices. And it's fun when they're like, "Aw, remember when I made this?"





So I'm here to say it's okay if your tree doesn't look perfect. And it's okay if it does.

But imperfections have always been more interesting to me. Each of these ornaments tell a part of our story.





Do you have a Pinterest tree?

51 comments:

  1. I can't with the pinterest trees! That is just not my thing. Our tree is full of meaningful ornaments and it's a mishmash of fun!

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  2. Omg, we do not have a Pinterest tree. We have a mess of ornaments. I'll post it soon! We do have a live tree because we live in the arctic tundra. But when you live in the south, you do not get a live tree unless you want a dead tree by like December 5th, lmao.
    I can't with Pinterest people. The perfect gifts, the perfect tree, the perfect house. STOPPPP. Have you seen Bad Mom's Christmas?? It's a must see! I love the Bad Moms. I'm not a mom yet, but I strive to be them hahahaha.

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  3. Haha, mine isn't Pinterst worthy, either. When we travel, we get ornaments from the places we go, so our tree is filled with an assortment of ornaments.

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  4. My tree is filled with ornaments that hold great memories. My youngest daughter is 29 and I still have the picture ornament she made in kindergarten. And it always has it's place of honor on my tree.

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  5. Those Pinterest trees put so much stress on the rest of us! I'm all about letting the kids get involved - that's part of holiday traditions!

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  6. I love it. The Bert and Ernie ornaments are awesome because they remind me of the show Christmas Eve on Sesame Street which I have always loved!

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  7. We don't have a Pinterest tree here either, don't even try for one. I don't do Pinterest pretty food either, I prefer real looking things.

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  8. Nope. No Pinterest tree here. I do have that Chewbacca ornament on our tree though. I made the tomato cage trees to decorate our front porch. I guess I do have a Pinterest-y tree after all.

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  9. I love your tree! It reminds me of ours. Full of ornaments from my own childhood, my kids ornaments they've picked out every year. Ornaments from vacations, and ornaments that have meaning. I am not about to have a Pinterest tree. For what? Looks? To show? Nope, sorry, I'll take my family tree over one that looks like it belongs in a store front and not a home.

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  10. I love seeing all of your adorable ornaments! We have ornaments that have meaning as well. The perfect addition to the holidays. Each one has a memory.

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  11. I love your tree! Its more fun and interesting to decorate the tree with things that brings out memories in our life! And that cotton tige DIY is just so funny!

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  12. We don't have a Pinterest-worthy tree too. We have ornaments that we have had since 25 years ago! Every year my mom gets a special one and it earns a spot on the tree. Setting it up and hanging decorations are a family tradition. We always put up our tree one week before the first Sunday of Advent.

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  13. Yes! We ditched the breakable ones when our first was born. I already clean up after three kids, why would I want to add cleaning up after a fallen tree and broken objects too!

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  14. When it comes to children and Christmas trees, imperfection is perfection!

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  15. Our homes do not have to Pinterest perfect. Eclectic assortments are therefore favored over ritualistic meaningless perfection.The attainment of"Perfection is realized in the process and attendant meaning it brings to you and your family.

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  16. Love your tree! It reminds me of my Christmas tree growing up. So many wonderful memories. I don't have a Pinterest tree though.

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  17. I love that your tree is filled with ornaments that bring back memories and have special meaning. Our tree is not coordinated or Pinterest material either. We have a lot of ornaments made by the kids when they where little and that is what makes our tree special.

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  18. Our Christmas tree isn't Pinterest perfect, either. I love the fact that it is filled with homemade decorations and ornaments from our travels. Our tree tells our story.

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  19. Pinterest trees can sometimes be boring. I love that your tree has special ornaments and memories from your past. It's beautiful.

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  20. We have a pretty large collection of random meaningful ornaments too. They weigh down the branches and look a little messy sometimes but I love them!

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  21. We have a tradition picking out a new ornament each year, depending on where we live or where we've visited, or whether something significant happened that year. So, no Pinterest tree - just ordinary, authentic tree of juicy juicy memories. We've yet to find a disco star, but I'll think of you! :-D <3

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  22. It looks like a pinterest tree to me seriously and I think that's the whole point, the kids are suppose to help. My kids help in my house too, even my 22 month old helps out and that is the fun and beauty of Christmas!

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  23. I love your tree topper. I think the lights look great. I always get the kids involved in decorating the tree. I like to do it different every year.

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  24. We too have no Pinterest Tree, I feel more happy when my son messes up the tree the way he wants to and shouts out, yay, its decorated. Its not at all matching and coordinated for sure. And I'm happy to see his enthusiasm.

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  25. Pinterest trees are really pretty to look at, but to be honest, they usually lack the personality I like in a tree. The unique ornaments show a lot about people's personal interests.

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  26. We decorate the tree only on Christmas Eve. But most of the time is no perfect. When I was a kid I use to decorate the tree with my sis a lot. Now its time to let our parents to do this. I can't wait to move out to our new place (it's not finish yet) and do my own Christmas tree

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  27. These are the kind of trees that I like to see! Pinterest is just a means to inspiration and should not be viewed as a way to live your life!

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  28. Ahh lol that poop emoji is actually so cute. I need that for the office tree! It's so much fun to decorate the tree with co-workers and friends. I absolutely love your tree :)

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  29. I love your Christmas tree decorations! It looks so fun and festive!

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  30. So pretty! I love Christmas and our tree but my little 16 month old completely ruined the bottom half of our tree this year, so it isn't quite as pretty as yours! LOVE that poop emjoi! - Jeanine

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  31. My tree is horrible, but still festive. There are no bulbs on the bottom branches thanks to our cats, and the middle is missing candy canes because that is how tall my sneaky daughter is.

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  32. It's fun decorating with kids, your tree is so festive and I love the light shining from the star. What a cool way to top the tree.

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  33. Your Christmas tree is beautiful, my daughter always helps me to decorate ours as well :)

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  34. This is such a creative tree. I love the star. It seriously looks like a disco setting :) Moreover, the frame made with ear buds really caught my attention. Merry Christmas. Cheers!!

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  35. Hehehe love it!!! We have two trees in our house. My tree and then my daughters tree. Mine is a bit on the fancy side and my daughter wanted a abc themed tree. She’s obsessed with the ABC’s ( she has autism and gets obsessed with things lol), so I just went with it and got her enough letters where she can spell her name and a few other of her favorite words over and over on her tree lol....

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  36. ahahah loving the poop emoji ornament! I think christmas is whatever you make it, so what if your tree isn't picture perfect, its perfect to your family. I am very co-ordinated with my tree but because fo this I have 2 trees lol one that I have had for years before having my son and one that is all disney and he helps me to decorate. I think your tree is lovely and I love when kids get to help.

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  37. In my opinion this is the best way to do it. It has so much more character, and is just so beautiful in every way.

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  38. Pintetest Christmas trees are the trees i saw at various malls and its crazy and wow expensive, but no personal touch.
    I like your Christmas tree, and super wow with your disco star! Where did she find it?!

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  39. I liked your Christmas tree it looks so beautiful

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  40. My tree is definitely not a Pinterest tree lol. It is really pretty and the kiddos had fun decorating it like they always do. Your tree is really pretty.

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  41. I love your tree!! I definitely prefer having ornaments with meanings and stories behind them!! And definitely a fun time to get the kids out to decorate and do something together instead of having that Pinterest tree.

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  42. Both the little ones and the big ones will love these Christmas decorating ideas for kids. They are all things children can do on their own.

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  43. Right! I always wonder how people manage to have picture perfect trees. I am so excited to decorate the tree with my son next year, he is too small now. Your tree is beautiful!

    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  44. I love the traditional trees much more oven the modern ones! More meaningful I think :)

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  45. I don't think I do! The lights are all strung oddly. And we have the weirdest ornaments ever. And it's 18 feet tall and nearly killed us!
    I love your tree.

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  46. My tree was always similar to this growing up and I really loved it.

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  47. The starts is so cool! I love the disco-like thingy, very colorful and unique. I need to check that, I want to have one so I can set it up in my Christmas tree as well.

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  48. I like your Christmas tree because its one of a kind, personalized and not dictated by what's the trend. All original comes from the heart of your family.

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  49. I use to love having a themed tree until my husband convinced me to try a real tree with all kinds of ornaments. Now I'm in love with out family tree!

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  50. Hey, I love that disco light tree topper!!! it looks like fun and also the poop emoji! I want one of those... you have a fun tree :)

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