Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Little OCD and My Christmas Trees…



As some of you may know, I am just a little crazy about all the Christmas trees that I decorate every year- yup, a little obsessive/compulsive would be the most accurate way to describe it!  I usually put up 7 trees.  Now,before you go getting all judgmental on me- they all aren’t full-size trees…..    Three of them are 8 feet tall- some skinny and some fat; two are 6 footers; a couple are miniatures that range from 2-3 feet tall; and then I have the 12 foot beast in the great room! Whew, I got tired just writing about them!



Well, before you get excited about seeing all of them…..  you ARE excited to see them, aren’t you?!  Here’s just a teaser of what I have deemed the prettiest one of them all. It’s the tree in my study and it is PINK!  Uh huh… Pink!  It is loaded down with “stuff” and you can barely see the pre-lit lights on it. I used to use a beautiful Mountain King tree for my pink themed tree, but it was such a chore to place 3000 clear lights on it!  It used to take me three full days just to wind the light strands through all the branches- way too much work!  ( Do you recall me saying I had a little compulsion problem?)  Not to mention that the afore-mentioned tree kept falling over. I think the weight of all my “stuff” put too much stress on the center support pole.

So, last year I bought a pre-lit tree that really looks surprisingly “real.” It’s soft and is a lovely shade of green, and although it isn’t very brightly lit- I think it only has 1000 lights on it- the time spent not playing with light strands has made it well worth having.



I was happy that I only spent a day and a half placing the ornaments and winding all of the garland and beads on it.  I often stood back and changed the positioning of the beads over and over, however. Then when I was finally done with it all, I realized that I had completely forgotten an entire bag of bead garland. aagghhh…..



But now that it is done, I love coming into the study, flipping on the tree lights, and getting a little blog reading done. That is in between working on the rest of the trees, of course.  A girl needs  a break every so often, right?   So this tree makes four down and three to go! I’m working on the one in the great room today. The husband and I put the bead garland and chile lights on it yesterday. It’s done in a southwest theme. I hail from New Mexico  so I had to pay tribute to the Land of Enchantment somehow! 




And now that this first morning break is over, I’m off to climb that scary ladder again…..  By the way, that obsessive thing about a clean house is starting to rear its ugly head!



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Barbara F. said...

Wow!! Blessings to you. I don't think I ever put up more than two. Now it is a chore to do one little one :( xo

Cass @ That Old House said...

I thought I had lots of trees each season, but you have me beat, by far.
gorgeous -- LOVE the pink themed tree, and I can't wait to see your others.

12 foot? Who in the world puts the topper on that one?


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Oh my! I haven't even managed to get one up yet this year. I am looking forward to seeing all your trees in their glory.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I had to have a small break and check things out in blogland! Oh how I wish I had it in me to do more trees! I can't wait to see all of your's. I love a tree that is so full, you can hardly see the lights. OCD, lol, that is ok! I am loving what I am seeing so far. Don't work too hard, and be really careful on that ladder!

Susan S. said...

Oh WOW....what a gorgeous tree! You really do have a lot of pretty pink ornaments! I LOVED that you put a picture of the boxes, etc. We all have to deal with that but sometimes in Blog Land we just show the perfectly fixed "finish piece" but it's great to see REALITY every once and a while! Merry CHRISTmas!

Lori E said...

I think I am doing well by bringing up one item or box per day and dealing with it.
I took a weeks holidays next week just to get things ready.
I am not too obsessive though. I go with the flow. That is much easier to do when you are only doing 2 or 3 trees. Lol.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

You go girl with your pretty pink tree and cute ornaments. I am all about RED this year, never been a red girl, LOL, not sure what is wrong with me:)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Whew! I don't know how you do it Sue! I got my 6.5 tree up yesterday and I have my 3 footer up and my table tree but that is all I can handle. I still have boxes everywhere that I promised C I would have put back by the time he came home today. It's noon so I need to get busy! Your pink tree looks gorgeous! I would have loved to see the whole tree. ~Hugs, Patti

Made In The South said...

I wish you were my neighbor right now...I sure could use your help and energy! Lets just say things are a little crazy at my house right now with the tree!

Babs said...

Mercy! I'm sure there's a 12 step program for your O/C tree decorating..LOL just kidding. The most trees I've ever done is 2 and that's 1 too many for me. I'm of the old school..actually lazy is more like it. One tree is enough for me to decorate.
Your pink tree is gorgeous and I can't wait to see the others.
Have fun!

Debby said...

Beautiful but I will stick to my little trees. Ihope you are having some special company to enjoy all this.

Bunny Jean said...

Oh my Sue, you put me to shame! Where do you get the time to do ALL of that decorating? I haven't even started :[

I'm just now taking some time to visit my favorite blogs that I have missed reading. Thought it would give me some inspiration but so far I'm just feeling guilt... better get out into the garage and dig through all those boxes. UGH!!!

I love the pinkness of your tree in the study. What a great girly inspiration it must be for you to have a cup of tea and blog by :)

xoxo Bunny Jean

Pam said...

Your pink tree is very pretty. Love the carousel horses. You do know that once you go pre-lighted, you can never go back! It makes it so much easier to put the tree up. Although, what do I know, I only have 3 trees!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

My main tree looks pathetic compared to this, Sue! I don't do a lot of ornaments or lights. One year I did a lot of ornaments and it took me two days just to undecorate the tree! I swore that no matter how pretty it looks I would not do that again. So do you think you may come up for air by next week? Maybe we can get out for a bit.

Olive Cooper said...

When I think I am tired, with my single tree, I will just say to myself no self you are not tired think of Sue and her beautiful trees. The pink is soft and yummy. I am looking forward to seeing the rest.

farmlady said...

And I was thinking about, MAYBE, doing a second tree this year. You make me feel like a slacker.
Love this tree. Pretty in Pink it is.
Pre lit is the only way to go.
Enjoy them all when you're finished and keep taking pictures.

middle child said...

What?, wow, I'm just speechless. Can you teach me OCD? Your trees must all be gorgeous!

Jemsmom said...

I love that you have all those trees! I envy you all the trees!! I have a 9 footer in the living room, a 6.5 in the office, a 3 footer in the foyer and our room, and a 4 footer in Jemma's room! I think heaven will have Christmas trees everywhere! I love your pink one and can't wait to see it all! You go girl!

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

My dad is an engineer - so imagine how long it took him to put lights on 1 6' tree...I pretty much lost the Christmas spirit between the time the tree was put together and when we could finally decorate it! I can't imagine putting up and taking down all those trees...hopefully you leave them up after Christmas for a while! They look beautiful.

Balisha said...

Loved my visit here...That pink one is a stunner.

LV said...

Seven trees? I do not even have one. At least, you are enjoying the season in a lovely way.

chubskulit said...

Simply beautiful!

My PINK is inviting you to come and take a peek. Have a beautiful weekend!

awal.ny said...

I bet the tree looks amazing when you are done. I am almost done tweeking the decorations and then I can sit back and enjoy it all. Oh yeah and bake, bake. I would have to say my favorite accessory this year is the new times I have all of my trees on. I do not have to do anything and they all turn on around the same time.

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Take care - Erin

Pat said...

Gorgeous tree Sue!!

I completely understand the Christmas Tree OCD syndrome.LOL

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Sue... you make me laugh... :-) HOLY MOLY! You have a LOT of trees. I have one and it about wore me out. How do you accomplish all of this? Do you sleep? LOVE the pink tree... as always, mine is pink too. Good thing the husband likes pink, huh?

Now, I think you should fly your energetic little self right up here and help me!


PS......yes, I get a chuckle out of Snuggies too. My grandson wanted one so badly that I got him one last year. I don't think it's ever even been used.

xinex said...

I am jealous, Sue! But I am just like you, under normal condition, I also put up 7 trees but only 1 big one. All the others are small. I love your tree, love the pink ornaments and ribbons....Christine

Kellie Collis said...

What a gorgeous tree! It looks wonderful! Have a delightful day, Kellie xx

Kathleen said...

I used to do many, but have cut back! I bet yours are beautiful! I hope you have lots of company to show them off.
Tomorrow I am on the hunt for a bigger Kitchen tree. Dh will not be happy as he uses the island to roll out his rugelach. Oh well, he will have to maneuver his rolling pin around it.
Will you be giving us a tour of all the trees?

French Hen Farm said...

Absolutely beautiful!
I still have to get my one tree up!
Have a wonderful week!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm so happy that I'm not alone and have good company like YOU that puts up several trees!!! I'm just takng a little break to check in on my friends before I go to bed...been putting up Christmas decor ALL DAY and still have about two more days to go:) Your pink pretties are just stunning.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, your obsessive behavior is worth it. That tree is gorgeous! Love all of the pink, and that Santa ornament is beautiful. laurie

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Sue, and welcome. I am so glad you joined us, and I hope you will continue. I apologize that it took me so long to get here, but I finally had a few days off of work. Then everytime I clicked over, I was consumed with browsing. Your blog and your photography are stunning.

I adore each and every one of your Christmas trees. They must bring you such joy, and I am delighted you shared it all with us.