For some reason, I just haven't wanted a tree this holiday season. I don't know what it is. I can't seem to bring myself to cut one down, or bring a pre-cut tree in this year! Each time I thought about a getting a Yule tree, I felt a little sad that a tree would have to die just to sit inside my home for one month. And an artificial tree hasn't been too enticing either. (Plus I plan on moving into Ruby in a year or so.. and I'm not about to purchase a tree to just donate it to a thrift store in a month!)
Sterling and I also decided that we aren't going to be exchanging gifts this year, so there is nothing to really put under the tree. We did order some fun movies and a puzzle to help keep us busy during the next few cold winter months. But, a tree just seems so needless this year!
I'm surrounded by so many beautiful trees as it is.. so, I decided that this year, I would celebrate and decorate a tree outside. And then every time I come home I get to see it and enjoy it!
I wanted it to be simple yet beautiful. I bought some vintage ornaments from the thrift store. And used my glitter pinecones from last year's tree. I was gifted some beautiful metal ornaments from a Secret Sister that would be perfect for an outdoor tree. I also wanted to help spread some cheer to my forest friends.. So I made some birdseed ornaments for them to snack on! I used this recipe, and used darling woodland animal shapes, snowflakes and a stars.
I am feeling extremely happy with my decision to forgo the traditional indoor tree. The cabin constantly smells like pine since that's what I've been burning this week to heat the place. And it's surrounded by trees that are naturally decorated with snow.
On the inside, I decided to decorate the mantle with some simple lights and the words Joy. The winter season is incredibly dark and cold up here... so the reminder to experience JOY has been a good one.
Making new traditions is one of my favorite things about this holiday season. There is no need to stick with what we did last year, or even what I was taught growing up! I love having the ability to create new traditions and memories each year as I go along.
What about you? Do you have any new traditions you are trying out this season?