One of the most wondrous things about Christmastime is that irresistible sense of anticipation and excitement that permeates the season. Advent calendars count down the days, twinkling lights make the neighborhood more and more festive, and brightly wrapped presents begin appearing, as if by magic, under the tree.
Once again I’m participating in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge and this years tree pays homage to that glorious Christmas season tradition and anticipation that accompanies writing to Santa. If you’re like me, you remember that tingling excitement of writing out your wish list and sending it off to the North Pole. Then begins the hoping, the wishing, the dreaming as you wait (usually not so patiently) for that magical moment when you run down the stairs to discover if the big man and his elves thought you were good enough to deserve at least a few of the things on your list.
I instantly feel in love with the Jingle Jolly Way holiday collection at Michaels, in fact the cute little Letters to Santa mailboxes are what inspired me to create this year’s tree. This year I used a 7.5 foot pre-lit Vermont flocked tree, the snow white branches were the perfect backdrop for the bright colors and ornaments.
Santa is making a list and checking it twice to see who’s been naughty or nice, and so are his little helper elf’s. I printed out a bunch of names on computer paper and pieced them together to create my “nice list” garland.
I always like to create a few handmade ornaments for my tree. This year I used my Cricut Maker to make small felt “letters to Santa” ornaments. My kids have already asked if they can put their wish lists inside. Speaking of wish lists, I had my kids write down some of their Christmas wishes on a small white piece of paper. Then I wrapped their lists around large wooden spools and hung them on the tree. These will be such a treasure year after year.
I found a container of large retro plastic lightbulb ornaments that I thought would be perfect of my tree. I filled them with paint that matched my color scheme, this was such a quick and easy way to add a pop of color with out spending a fortune on ornaments.
Colorfully wrapped presents with fun gift tags are piled high underneath the tree for all the nice boys and girls. And our DIY Special Delivery stockings are hung with care on our North Pole inspired mantle.
A small vintage desk is the perfect spot to write your letters to Santa, or leave him cookies and milk. My kids are eager to write their letters to Santa and drop them in one of the adorable little mail boxes.
Michaels has everything from flocked trees, ornaments, decorations and more that you’ll need to create your own dream tree this Christmas. To see my previous Michaels Dream Trees check out these posts: