Sharing with you today my Nostalgic Lodge Christmas Tree – this is our main tree in the formal living room. This is the first year without a natural tree. While I miss the experience of going and picking out a natural tree and the smell of fresh pine, I do enjoy the ability to decorate early and enjoy the tree longer. This tree is a Martha Stewart tree I picked up at Home Depot in an after Christmas sale back in 2018.
Below are images of my 2019 Nostalgic Lodge Christmas Tree. In south Florida, we barely get a brisk cold breeze so this lodge tree with whimsical felt animals definitely added to a cabin in the snowy woods feel.
Initially I placed this cute little gray reindeer by the gifts, but our new puppy took a fancy to him so I relocated him to a bedroom. I replaced him with these golden reindeer, but the puppy started to eat the straw bows and tree lights, oh my! We ended up fencing the tree for her protection. Because of the unattractive fence, I didn’t take too many pictures. I regret that now. Hopefully, the Nostalgic Lodge will show up in the near future and I can update the post.
Because this is a pre-lit tree, I didn’t add additional light. I like to decorate the tree from the center out. The first item I placed on the tree was the decorative plaid ribbon. It’s easier to weave the ribbon in and out of the branches without the stress of breaking any ornaments. If you want to learn how to add a ribbon garland to your tree, here’s a wonderful video from Michael Wurm, Jr., creative genius at Inspired by Charm. Michael has mastered the art of Christmas tree decorating and has decorated countless trees over the years.
After the ribbon, I filled the center of the tree with glass balls to reflect the light as much as possible. Once you’ve done all that, the fun part starts – decorating the branches with pretty ornaments! I added a mix new and beloved ornaments, including these adorable and whimsical felt animals from Pottery Barn and Pier One Imports. I love the woodland mercury glass ornaments including glass pinecones I found at Walmart. The beaded star is a garden hanging tea light from HomeGoods. I removed the hanging chain and placed it so the lights would shine from inside, adding more brightness to the top.
You never know where you’re going to find what you need so don’t discount any store. Remember when shopping to go early. Stores being to stock close to Labor Day as crazy at it sounds. Usually by Thanksgiving the Christmas items are not available any longer.
I hope you enjoy my Nostalgic Lodge Christmas tree, it brought us great joy. May it serve as inspiration for you and your family.