And frankly, I'm glad I did, since I'm feeling pretty burnt out and didn't have the energy to pull out all the ornaments and decorations. I love that our tree has my favorite ones, rather than a lot of filler.
The nativity set that I love, and is kid-friendly, also scaled back from last year. I didn't put out all the pieces.
Oh, and Mr. Topham Hat isn't part of it. I think someone snuck him into the scene--I just noticed him in the photo as I uploaded it!
And here's the ornament I received from Stacey of Simple Subtleties, for the Blogger's Ornament exchange at Pampering Beki.It's a really cute and well-made snowman "kit", complete with a vial of water, glitter and other snowman-y things. She makes these really amazing metal charms with vintage images, and I'm so happy to have one of her creations on my tree. Here's what I sent her, a felted ornament--one of my signature creations.
Though I miss the drama and smell of a real tree, this will do for this year. I also scaled back on the house decor, but added a little bit of color in the kitchen
There are the felt balls again, which usually are on the big tree. Of course, I dressed up the steps with our stockings and garland.
and consider posting about your own tree and entering the Christmas Tree contest at Mama Bzz