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A very merry Christmas tree

When I was a little girl
decorating the Christmas tree was a big event.

I would dance up and down as the boxes were hauled out of the attic
and dusted off.
And as we opened each one up 
it was like rediscovering Christmas past every year.

There was that ornament that you made in 2nd grade
you know,  the kind made out of macaroni that was glued to a cardboard star 
and the one that we got for our dog BJ that looked just like her 

Oh and all those little wooden toys
that were painted in colorful red, blue and green
that were just like the ones that Grammy always put on her little tree on a table

The old red felt tree skirt and stockings were there
and so was the star that went at the very top of the tree

It was like seeing old friends and reveling in each memory
as you were making new ones and adding the special ornaments for this year.

But all those fun discoveries were after the event...
putting up the tree.

We had a beautiful tree that seemed like it was 20 feet tall to me when I was small
and that took 5 hours to put up.

You know the kind.
 The ones that had color coded individual branches.
You had to separate each branch  into a pile of sections
the red for the bottom row
the yellow for the second to bottom row- with 3 red ones mixed in
blue for the third row- with 5 yellow ones mixed in
and so on
and that doesn't even count the extra event 
of putting all the lights on and trying to find each connector.

Imagine if you could just literally place one section of an artificial tree 
onto the next and the light connectors were all in the center of the pole
and each section had the perfect amount of red, yellow and blue branches already in place.
All you had to do was plug it in and voila- you were decorating.
Pretty amazing.

This year I am thrilled to be joining Balsam Hill as one of their 12 bloggers of Christmas
and sharing my most favorite tree ever
and it does just that.

I am a HUGE fan of flocked trees and this one 
is absolutely stunning.
More dusted with snow than heavily flocked
the branches on Balsam Hill trees are so real and lifelike and perfect

I am 

Plus with all the cords hidden inside the center pole
you just place one section on top of the other
and plug it in and can get started decorating
in 5 minutes instead of 5 hours.
This is my kind of tree in all aspects.

Okay... confession time.

I have been enjoying this tree and crushing on it daily
and the whole entire time it has been simply wearing nothing but 
it's twinkling lights.
One of the things I love about flocked trees is that they don't need 
any other ornamentation to look absolutely beautiful.

But I had a little fun the other day and added some simple cottage decor
 a few frosted berries and twigs
 sprigs of real juniper
various sizes of white ornaments
and a rustic gold raffia star on top.

So it has a little bit of decoration that compliments and doesn't take away
from it's frosty look and it seems to twinkle even more.
 This is the 7.5' Frosted Fraser Fir from Balsam Hill

If you would like to order a Balsam Hill tree for your very own
they have shared a special coupon code that you can use to take $25 
off any purchase of $200 or more.


You can also stop by and see all the inspiring gorgeous ways the
12 bloggers are decorating their Balsam Hill trees and read more about each of us 
on the Balsam Hill blog

Mon Dec 8th
Tues Dec 9th
Wed Dec 10th
Thurs Dec 11th
Fri Dec 12th
Sat Dec 13th

and today Kelly from Eclectically Vintage 
is sharing her tree as well

Happy decking the halls 

This weekend- I am working on little cottage decor/photography
 and will be sharing soon. Hopefully the rain will let up a bit.

 I was compensated to share this tree with you but all opinions and my big time crush on the Frosted Fraser Fir are all my own.

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  1. Courtney - it's absolutely stunning! I have the Fraser Fir - not frosted - and now I have a deep and burning desire to get a frosted one too! Santa will be leaving extra gifts under this beauty - Merry Christmas!

    1. Love your tree too Kelly- it's so pretty!! Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. Simply, beautifully elegant! <3

  3. What a gorgeous tree, Courtney! I love the flocked branches with just the right amount of white. And you've decorated it beautifully!

  4. Courtney, I took your advice and got this tree, too. I LOVE how it looks! A bit messy setting up, but so worth it!

    1. Hi Linda! Isn't it just gorgeous? I am pretty smitten with mine. :)

  5. Courtney, I've never had a flocked tree, but have always admired them. Yours is absolutely stunning! I have a crush on it too!
    ~ Sarah
    Picked up my white reindeer this morning. Will share my table soon. '-)

  6. Courtney,

    So looking forward to the unveiling of your tree. The frosted is a wonderful look and I agree that it doesn't need any ornaments, but what you did do was intriguing and interesting with using different textures of white ornaments. They almost look like snowballs adorning the branches. The frosted berries add just enough color to break about the softness of all white. So tranquil and serene. What a lovely way to use Balsam hills Frosted Fraser fir. The red presents on the white tree skirt or fabric signal the onset of the holidays without too much fanfare. Thank you so much for your beautiful decor for this Christmas tree.

  7. This is beautiful I love a flocked tree. I think I like this one, because it has just the right amount of snow. The white ornaments are perfect, thank you Courtney and have a Merry Christmas.

  8. Courtney, you have a beautiful tree, i love Christmas trees, i have never seen an ugly one, you light them up and they are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. buon Natale pieno di amore e serenità

  10. Hi - I found your blog on the Balsam Hill website when I just ordered the Frosted Frasier Fir tree. After ordering I read all 18 reviews and got scared about everyone complaining about the mess. I tried to cancel, but my order was already pending shipment so I have to just get it and return it. I'm wondering if you've found the mess to be a deterrent or is it worth it. I have two small grandchildren, so I know there will be activity near the tree. Will I be sorry? It's so beautiful, I'm hoping it's worth the mess.

    1. Hi Gail! Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by! I am a huge fan of the Frosted Fraser fir- I actually have 2 of them and am ordering a smaller one to add in this year. They can be messy and yes, they will drop frosting sprinkles when you put them up- and when you take the sections down- but once it is up- you should be good. I have had other flocked trees that have done the same thing- I think it is the nature of a 'flocked' tree so I think it is to be expected. I would not hesitate to purchase it- it is such an incredibly beautiful tree and I would definitely bring another home (and I am!) :) I hope that helps!