We did a lot of online shopping before Black Friday, scouting out which ones we liked the best and comparing prices and features. We ended up falling for this 7.5' Jasper Fir at Michael's. I loved the unique texture of the branches and thought it looked more real than others. It was nice and full, and the perfect height.
Naturally, I had to try to get the best price. (Who knew Christmas trees were so expensive, by the way?) On the Sunday before Black Friday, they were having a sale for 50% off all Christmas trees. Then I got an email that said if I came between 4 pm and 9 pm that day, I could use a 40% off coupon on any item in the store, including sale items. I checked at 2 pm, and there was only one Jasper Fir left. I killed time at the Target next door, hoping that the tree would still be there at 4. Luckily for us, it was! I've been back to that Michael's several times since then, and they still don't have any more Jasper Firs. We got the last one!
The top of the tree couldn't support our heavy star, so I just used a $1 red bow. I love those things– so cheap and instantly festive!
One of our traditions is to buy an ornament from each place we've traveled for vacations in our marriage, and it's so fun to pull them out of the box and reminisce about those trips. So far we've got a sparkly shell from Jamaica, a Murano glass hot air balloon from Venice, a beach chair from Charleston and a cable car from San Francisco.
Here are a couple more of my favorites. (The sparkly football and volleyball always make me smile– do you know how hard it is to find cute volleyball ornaments? I got that both of those at the Neiman Marcus outlet, of all places.)
Let me indulge myself in some puppy cuteness with this last photo. They are just so adorable!