My Christmas Decorations: 2013 Edition

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Wow, is it Christmas Eve already?! This year has gone superfast, never mind this month…I realise I haven’t shared this years Christmas decorations in The Purple Pumpkin Blog’s household, so without further ado, here they are!

#Disney Christmas Tree

We’ve had a white tree for a number of years now, I love a white tree because it really shows up my bright colourful decorations. We couldn’t find out usual white lights in our stacks of moving boxes (yes, still) and so had to use some red ones which we did find. Some of my photos make the tree lights look pink, but they are red!

I bought a few new decorations this summer in Orlando, which took pride of place on this years tree, along with decorations from our first trip in 2011.

This is Sephy’s second Christmas, but she was only a couple of months old last year so didn’t know what was going on. Whilst she still doesn’t really know, her little face when looking at all the twinkling lights (her favourite!) and pointing at all the decorations is just precious. I know that the photo on the right below is out of focus – it annoys me that I managed to do that! But the photo is so gorgeous I couldn’t delete it!





Cute Christmas Decorations

#Disney Christmas Tree

It’s always fab going though the decorations box each year – we invariably add to it over the years – so much so, that we can’t possibly use all of our decorations on the tree! Well, we could but it would look like Christmas just barfed all over the tree – not a good look!

I re-discovered these two Nordic decorations that we must have bought at some stage. I’d forgotten all about them!

Nordic Christmas Decorations

Liam’s first Christmas bauble also went in the tree – it’s broken at the top now so I can’t hang it up It’s 15 years old now and a little faded, but it goes in the tree every year ♥ My sister also gave me a little wooden decoration with Sephy’s name on it that she had made. That too will now take pride of place each year ♥

Baby's 1st Christmas Decorations

Cute Christmas Decorations

This sweet reindeer – or as I call him, the Babycham reindeer, is new this year. Sephy has latched onto this particular decoration and always takes it off the tree to have a closer look.

Cute Christmas Decorations

#Disney Christmas Tree

I have a little collection penguin ornaments – they’re one of my favourite animals and I can’t resist buying penguin decorations! I bought a couple this year from SeaWorld.

Cute Penguin Christmas Decorations

Cute Penguin Christmas Decorations

SeaWorld Christmas Ornaments

I love my sweet glittery birds that clip to the branches of our tree – I feel like I need more of them though!

Cute Christmas Decorations

Now that we’ve been on our second trip to Walt Disney World, with a third planned for next year, it has become traditional for us to go into the Christmas Store in Downtown Disney to purchase a few new Disney ornaments for the tree. Definitely one with the year on, as well as any others that take our fancy.

The 2013 decoration is a very lovely Sorcerer Mickey. I love the little hat! It sits proudly at the top of this years tree in lieu of a star!

#Disney Christmas Decorations

We bought this selection of decorations on our first trip to Walt Disney World in 2011. Minnie Mouse had got a broken ear, but hubby was able to fix it. They are glass ornaments and get packaged away very carefully each year, not sure how it happened :(

#Disney Christmas Decorations

#Disney Christmas Decorations

The Chip ‘n’ Dale ornament is new this year. The Tigger one, I’ve had since my son was a baby. Stitch and the Toy Story Alien are from 2011. And of course, there is the 2011 blue Mickey Mouse decoration that still goes on the tree.

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#Disney Christmas Decorations

#Disney Christmas Decorations

Hubby told me about a star filter on our camera – I decided that all the twinklies needed some star filter application to them! This is our tree looking red not pink!

Cute Christmas Decorations

And Google has decided that my twinkly lights need animation – a cool feature of Google+ that I discovered recently!

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Christmas lights are perfect for creating the bokeh effect – you don’t need a fancy camera to do this – I can even manage it on my iPhone. You need to have something in focus in front of the lights so that the camera blurs the background creating this beautiful effect. It takes a little practice, but it’s worth it!

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This is our small real evergreen tree which we have sitting in the porch. Every year we try and plant it on to use the following year, but it always dies on us :( On it went the dried fruit decorations we made a little while ago.

Christmas Decorations

One of my husband’s work colleagues made this gorge fern wreath for us, using my favourite colours! I love it!

Purple & Silver Christmas Wreath

Not using my pink and black baubles this year meant I had to find somewhere else for them to go, so I stacked them in a cake stand and placed that in the kitchen along with all my cutesy ceramic snowmen and Santas!

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Remember my gingerbread house? It’s going to be a shame to smash it down and eat it!!

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I really wanted to recreate my bowls of light from last Christmas, but we couldn’t find the lights :( So I piled a strand of fairy lights in a bowl instead. I really do love candles and lights at Christmastime, and we bought some lovely lighted gifts decorations which sit under the stairs and light up that dark corner of the room.

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I’ll end with some of my homemade decorations for this year including my ‘We Tweet You A Merry Christmas‘ poster, Vintage Christmas Wreath, Red Robin Christmas Wreath and DIY Glitter Pinecones

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Finally, here are my Christmas Decorations: 2012 Edition if you’d like to see them – I LOVED that year’s colour scheme!

Merry Christmas!


This post is part of Cook, Craft, Create: December 2013, why not check out the other ideas this season?

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