By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by Danielle Sabol
I remember the first tree I decorated on my own, for my house. I even have a picture of it on my phone to this day (cheesy, I know). But there was just something about going out and doing something so centered in tradition for the first time. It felt important.
My mother sent me a tape on how to make bows (this was pre-blogs, people), emphasizing the importance of having a “theme” for your tree. So I set out to buy a bunch of inexpensive ornaments, hoping to get some inspiration on the way.
On my way through Neiman Marcus on my search for decor, I ran across a section of MacKenzie-Childs ornaments and from then on out all I could see was courtly check. There was something so full of joy about the ornaments. They were as fun as they were festive – something I knew I wanted in my tree.
So I splurged.
They were a little pricy for my college budget, so I only bought one – a gumdrop with handpainted black and white check. It was the centerpiece of my tree that year and became the theme for my Christmas tree from then on out.
I bought black and white check ribbon to make my bows (the very same bows I still use after all these years, if you can believe it). And every year after that I bought a different MacKenzie-Childs ornament to add to the tree.
It was my tradition, going through the site to decide what would be my addition for that year. My parents caught on and started buying me one a year and then, once I got married, so did my inlaws. With the introduction of matching garland and table decor, my tree started to look a little more like the one in the store.
Unlike my approach to home decor (which is much more modern), I love the tradition that goes into decorating a Christmas tree. Always pulling out the same ornaments. Adding to the collection.
For me, MacKenzie-Childs is Christmas.
This year we added Edie’s first MacKenzie-Childs ornament – a pram with the year, of course. I can’t help but smile at the thought of her unpacking all of these ornaments when she gets older. Carefully placing them haphazardly on the tree, listening to the stories of where they came from and why we chose each one.
Unlike my approach to home decor (which is much more modern), I love the tradition that goes into decorating a Christmas tree.
In the post:
All ornaments and decor are MacKenzie-Childs
Capiz Garland | Jester Fancy Ball Ornaments | Nutcracker Ornament | Courtly Check Ribbon | Baby’s First Ornament | Statue of Liberty Ornament | Yuletide Manor Centerpiece | Marionnette Ornament | Mother Ginger Ornament | Nutcracker