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Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

by | Nov 27, 2017 | Decorating Inspiration, My Guest Room, My Kitchen, My Living Room, My Seattle House

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Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with Balsam Hill

Hey friends! Happy Monday after Thanksgiving to you! You do know what that means, don’t you? No, it’s not just time for the stretchy pants. It means you can start to go crazy adding Christmas trees in every room and no one should look at you funny.

***UPDATE*** See my full Christmas House Tour here!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I actually put up several trees around the house just before Thanksgiving. I don’t have my whole house decorated (ha, not even close) but the trees made the whole house so festive for our family gathering this past weekend.

I just love how magical Christmas trees make a house feel.

Right before our guests arrived we set up this lovely Balsam Hill European Fir Tree in our living room.

We are looking forward to both our tried and true and new traditions this year. We still love keeping our family tradition of cutting down a tree from a tree farm every year, but it’s fun to collect pretty trees we can enjoy for many Christmases to come.

My favorite thing about having beautiful artificial trees is that you can put them up early in the season and enjoy them longer! (And, no needles and sap end up on the floor.)

I love beautiful and realistic this tree is! I love its shape and that the branches have a light color under the underside, just like a real tree cut from the forest. It’s so pretty.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I generally keep our Christmas decor simple and uncluttered, but I do love to set up little trees all over the house. I sometimes don’t even decorate them, I think they are pretty as they are or with just white lights!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions
Balsam Fir Tabletop trees 

Especially in our kitchen I felt like a more streamlined and simple approach worked best.

We prepared a very tasty Thanksgiving dinner for twelve in our kitchen this past weekend! This was our first Thanksgiving in our kitchen. If you missed our remodel, you can find it here. These little trees made food prep and family time in the kitchen extra special and cozy. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of our family festivities in my Instagram stories!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I thought it would be fun to have stockings for our guests this Christmas, so we hung these Chunky Knit stockings on our hooks in the guest room. Aren’t they cute?

For the past few years we’ve been doing a fun gift exchange with family and friends where we draw names and gift categories. Then we head off to a mall or shops together and each person looks for a gift within a designated period of time. At the end we meet up for dinner and do our gift exchange! It’s just a different twist on a white elephant party or gift exchange, but we’ve enjoyed it.

This year I think I’ll bring these stockings for people to stuff their gifts in so we don’t have to buy or bring wrapping supplies!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

We’ll be using our Forest and Sea ornaments this year, too, but I really love these gorgeous ornaments (these are called the French Country ornaments). Each one is so pretty and shiny like mercury glass. I love all the shapes and textures. They definitely add a sparkle to our room.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & TraditionsGalvanized Tree Collar

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Thank you for stopping by, friends!

So how many Christmas trees do you plan to have this year?

***UPDATE*** See my full Christmas House Tour here!

Now you’re invited to visit the beautiful holiday decor from the ladies joining in on the Balsam Home for the Holidays tour! These bloggers always inspire me.

Courtney – French Country Cottage
Ashley – The Handmade Home
Marian – Miss Mustard Seed
Karianne – Thistlewood Farms

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions


Chunky Knit Stockings

Galvanized Tree Collar

French Country Ornament Set

30 & 42″ Balsam Fir Tabletop Trees

European Fir Tree

Other sources:

Log Holder (black shelf on kitchen counter)

Similar wood bead dining chandelier

Guest Room Wood Beaded Chandelier

Velvet White Stockings

White Christmas Houses

Copper French Press

Kitchen Details and Sources

More sources here


  1. Courtney

    So gorgeous Melissa!! Love all the touches you have added- and the European Fir is such a charmer!!

  2. Lauren

    Love how it’s coming together. Christmas trees just make our homes so magical during this time of year. We actually have seven trees in our house…we go a bit crazy! I love the stocking idea in the guest room, and I just might have to steal that one! Your kitchen looks great.

  3. Marilyn Bowers

    What material is your countertops? I’m looking for new. Thanks!

  4. Sandra MacGinnis


    I’m always looking for fun and new things to do with our family. Would you tell me more how you do the gift exchange with family and friends?

  5. Jo Jo

    Love the mini trees in your kitchen! So pretty!

  6. Kathy Cheek, Devotions from the Heart

    I have the big tree in our living room, a woodland tree on the front porch and upstairs in a front room window, I have a medium sized tree that my sister-in-law gave me last year when she bought a new tree. I love how it looks from the yard and street. I go outside in the evening just to see how great it looks in the front window.

    I always enjoy your Christmas reveal every year Melissa!

    I don’t have a full Advent series, but if you are looking for Christmas devotions, I have begun my series that will run right up to Christmas. Not every day, but two or three a week and I have already started, so I hope you will come by and check them out at Devotions from the Heart.

  7. Kaye Waters

    Melissa, I just love your guest room and hanging stockings from the wall. If I may ask, we did you get those really cute hangers for the stockings? Thank you for always being an inspiration to me. Your new book, Simple Gatherings, gave me wonderful ideas that my family loved for Thanksgiving like table cards with their names on it :) I am looking forward to doing the same for Christmas.

  8. Lauren

    I love how your guest room stockings coordinate with your chandelier! What a special room for your guests.

    Also, I love your Christmas exchange gift idea. That’s something I’d love to try too. What categories do people pick from?

    Love your posts, thanks for sharing.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you so much, Lauren! We make them up every year. Sometimes we go with something wacky to make it funny but sometimes we just go with normal categories like a winter beverage or something warm and cozy! It’s sometimes a challenge to find what we want on a small budget but heading out together for the hunt is an adventure! And coming together at the end for dinner and the exchange makes it so fun! Then we can share stories of our shopping misadventures, nearly running into the person we were shopping for and having to hide behind clothing so they wouldn’t see us, or laughs over the gifts. It’s fun!

  9. Heidi

    This is so gorgeous! I just love all the neutral tones! :)

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