This weekend my family decorated our first EVER real tree! My little guy loved running through the tree lot to pick out “his very own tree”. My husband tried to talk him into a tree with a full bottom but my little guy just wanted the tallest one he could find. We knew we had the right one when he stretched his neck up and said
“Wow! Look at that one!”
Within minutes our eight foot-plus tree was tied to the roof and we were headed back home. I could hear the kids talking in the back seats about how big the tree was and wondering how it was going to fit through the door. (The minds of children are a great thing.)
Did you know….
Nearly 25 percent of Americans choose decorating as their favorite holiday activity, with listening to holiday music and shopping as other favorites. Ty Pennington, celebrity designer, suggests making decorating a family affair.
“Christmas is a time for togetherness, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than actually getting the family involved in the act of decorating,” said Pennington. “While the family may have different roles, there are always decorating tasks for everyone.” ~ Ty Pennington
When we arrived back at the house, we had a new box of lights and decorations waiting for us from Sears and Kmart. Our DieHard Christmas LED C6 Tear Drop Lights are the brightest lights we have ever seen! My youngest daughter wouldn’t stop holding and looking at them – she was fascinated! Lighting them up was a “Laaaaaaaaaaa” moment for everyone.
These lights come from the trusted DieHard brand and offer reliability and a five year warranty!
When we unpacked our I Heart Christmas tree trimming Christmas decorations by Sandra Lee, my oldest two girls thought they were in glitter heaven! The hanging words and ribbon are all full of glitter that sparkles under those amazing lights when they are paired together on the tree. Any glitter that made its way to the floor was carefully collected by the girls to reuse in Christmas crafts later.
Baby girl found the Snow Friend assortments and refused, REFUSED, to put them on the tree. If anyone had already placed any of the cute penguins, owls, and snowmen on the tree where she could reach, she recollected them. It has taken me two days to get those ornaments away from her and back on the tree where they belong.
With this ornament collection came nine ice skates. We have one for each of our children and a few backups too. My daughter and I plan to paint pen the children’s names and the year on each skate set so they all have their “own” skates to remember the year we received this set from Kmart.
My little ones agreed the lolly pop ornaments were amazing. All of the kids thought they were real and were disappointed to see that these sweet pops weren’t edible. We managed to teach the youngest bunch that they weren’t meant to be eaten, but that didn’t stop a silly few from pretending. They are beautiful enough to be eaten, that is for sure!
Along with all of the beautiful ornaments (shown above) that came with our tree trimmings kit from Sandra Lee, was also several dozen glass balls and a few rolls of ribbon. Everything tied in very well together and my kids had a wonderful evening unwrapping all of the new decorations for the first time. It was the next best thing to Christmas morning!
I know it doesn’t look like it in the picture above, but the tree we decorated is over eight feet tall and relatively full. The entire tree is fully decorated with the I Heart Christmas tree trimmings collection. Everything coordinates together very well and can even be incorporated with our former ornament collection next year.
“Look to your friends and family for ideas and inspiration, but add personal homemade touches to make your look unique,” said celebrity designer Sandra Lee. “Have fun mixing and matching old and new. I recommend anything from antique hand-me-down decorations to homemade ornaments from your kids to pair with the new in your home.” Her suggested picks from the “Sandra by Sandra Lee” line are the Gilded Gatherings and Winter Radiance ornament collections for extra special tree trimming.
I Heart Christmas
According to a recent survey conducted by Kmart and Sears to gather insights about America’s decorating habits, 38 percent of Americans agree that putting up the first decoration signifies the official start of Christmas. And what is the most essential decoration for the holidays? According to those surveyed, it’s not strings of outdoor lights or even a nativity set. More than half (58 percent) said that the Christmas tree is the most essential holiday decoration.
The Kmart and Sears survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between November 7 and November 13, 2014, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure a reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18+.
To celebrate all the fun that comes along with holiday decorating, Kmart and Sears are asking people across America to showcase their “Best Dressed Home” by visiting Kmart.com/Christmas and submitting a picture between now and December 26th. Uploading a photo of their personal decorating style enters participants for a chance to win points from Kmart and Sears through Shop Your Way, an interactive website that connects members with exclusive content, deals and social shopping. The Grand Prize Winner will win 1 million Shop Your Way Points (equivalent to a total of $1,000) and throughout the duration of the sweeps, 60 people will instantly win $50 in Shop Your Way Points. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Go to Shopyourway.com for official rules and details.
Thank you Sears and Kmart!
We would like to add a special Thank You to Kmart and Sears for providing our family with our tree trimmings kit and lights. All of our belongings are still on the other side of the country and we had some very disappointed children when the discussion of a tree started to come up. Our new ornament set from Sandra Lee gave my little ones (and not so little ones) something to look forward to; taking away their gloomy glooms about not having their “special” ornaments and decorations.