Let the Holidays Begin!

It’s still warm, dry and sunny here in the wine country and only the first week of November but as far as my husband and I are concerned, the holiday season has begun. It’s my husband’s favorite time of year so we start early to squeeze as much jolliness out of the holidays as possible.
Like many families, we have a few holiday traditions we enjoy year after year. The first holiday tradition of the season involves the careful and meticulous selection of our Christmas tree on opening day of our favorite tree farm.

Up in the hills above Glen Ellen, Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm has been our favorite place to pick out our tree for many years. The fresh piney air is intoxicating and so are the views.

We don’t bring the tree home on opening day, we just pick out and pay for it, then cut it down the day after Thanksgiving, which is another one of our family traditions.

Last year, I wore black shorts to pick out our tree. Not exactly jolly. This year, I decided to try getting into the holiday mood for our tree shopping but it wasn’t easy on a sunny 75 degree day.  A heavy coat or sweater, wool scarf and winter hat wouldn’t be very fun to wear while traipsing around the farm.

Thankfully, I received this little red box from BERRICLE the day before. It contained just the thing I wanted to feel festive!

BERRICLE asked me to select an item from their vast selection.  I have never been one to have many holiday-themed clothes or accessories. And when I do wear them, I like something versatile ands simple that I can wear throughout the season.

This Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Snowflake Pendant Necklace was just the sort of thing I like to wear during the holidays. It’s sparkly and very detailed and I love the shape.

Since it’s so early in the holiday season, I skipped the reds and greens of Christmas and chose a plaid Equipment blouse instead. I wore it with skinny jeans and gray flat booties.

I also like the generous size of the pendant and the short chain. It will be great to wear with a crew neck sweater, too.

After about an hour of walking around the large farm inspecting dozens of trees, we finally found our winner, a Noble Fir that is going to look festively fantastic in our living room in a few weeks.

If you get a tree during the holidays, when do you pick out yours?
And do you wear festive jewelry or clothing during the holiday season?

Be sure to check out BERRICLE for all sorts of gorgeous jewelry from eye-catching rings to elegant bracelets and a wide array of earrings, all at reasonable prices.

xo, Adrienne
Disclosure: I was given the Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Snowflake Pendant Necklace from BERRICLE to review and keep. All of my opinions about BERRICLE and their products are my own. 

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32 Comments

  1. November 8, 2013 / 8:53 am

    Hi! I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now. Here on Vancouver Island it can get a bit blustery and it’s especially nice to sit in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea and check in with my favourite bloggers. I’m sure it takes a lot of dedication. Thank you! I’m just wondering about putting the tree up so early – how do you stop the needles from dropping? Do you keep it up until the New Year?

    • November 8, 2013 / 9:04 am

      Hi Sally! Thank you for reading and for commenting today. I love Vancouver Island. One of my favorite places.
      We only pick out and pay for our tree in early November, then bring it home the day after Thanksgiving. We try to get the whole family together when we cut it down so we can take our holiday card photo. But now that the kids are older, one away at college, I don’t know if that will happen this year.
      We are very good about watering the tree often. We also choose a Noble fir every year and I think they hold onto their needles a little better than some other varieties. I would be fine with a faux tree – especially since I am a little allergic to pines but my husband prefers real trees and who am I to deny him that with Christmas being his very favorite holiday 😉
      We do keep it up until January 2nd. By that time, I am more than a little ready to have our living room back to normal!

    • November 8, 2013 / 9:20 am

      It’s funny – I’m married to a Mr. Christmas as well but he wanted to switch to a faux tree because the branches hold the ornaments better!

    • November 8, 2013 / 9:22 am

      That’s a good point! Another reason we like Nobles is their branches are strong. I think one of these years we will switch to faux. I have been sneezing my head off the last week and we haven’t even brought it home yet! Just being at the tree farm was enough. If my allergies worsen we may have to get a faux tree next year.
      I like that my husband is a Mr. Christmas…makes the holiday season more fun to see him get so into it.

  2. November 8, 2013 / 9:38 am

    Cute necklace and I love that plaid Equipment shirt!

    And I was surprised to read a few years ago that if environmental concerns are an issue, stick with real trees instead of faux. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/18/business/energy-environment/18tree.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    • November 8, 2013 / 9:45 am

      This Equipment shirt is a birthday present from my husband (I picked it out and covered his eyes at the register ;))
      I would have thought that a faux tree used year after year would have been more environmentally friendly – but I guess I was wrong! This makes sense.
      If I can’t stand the allergies, should they worsen, then we may have to get a faux tree just to save my sanity!
      I also like supporting a local business by buying a real tree every year, so there is that to consider, too.

  3. November 8, 2013 / 10:57 am

    Squeee!!!! Can’t wait to see your tree in your home and all decorated. The Christmas tree is my favourite decorating element of Christmas! We’ve been going to the same tree farm for over twenty years…love the tradition. Of course, here in Vancouver, it’s usually cold, and possibly raining. We don’t get our until a few weeks before Christmas. Anything longer than three weeks makes me nervous about needle loss and excessive dryness. And! We also buy either a Noble or a Fraser tree, best for ornaments I think!

    • November 8, 2013 / 3:09 pm

      We are excited, too! I think I may ask my husband to drag in the lights from the garage so we can put some in our bedroom like we did last year.
      I agree about Nobles being best for ornaments, the branches are so sturdy.

  4. November 8, 2013 / 11:19 am

    Wow…you are indeed ahead of the curve on getting it all done in advance.

    I don’t feel one bit sorry for you that you don’t need a coat, gloves or hat. ; )

    We are often too darn lazy to get a real tree and I find them too messy, although I do love the smell I find that it only lasts a week.

    I must be a bit of a Scrooge because with each passing year I am less inclined to want to decorate lots for the holidays. My favourite thing is to go away somewhere warm.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • November 8, 2013 / 3:06 pm

      The grass is always greener, isn’t it? I always wish for cold, wet even snowy weather around here during the winter months and we rarely get it. I don’t mind the mild weather but a little change up is nice once in awhile.
      The smell of the tree definitely fades after a few days. But ours stays pretty moist if we water it consistently.
      My husband’s die hard love of Christmas keeps things pretty festive around here year in and year out.

  5. November 8, 2013 / 12:29 pm

    I bought a faux tree several years ago due to my allergies, and I LOVE it!, Purchased a new smaller one this year. I’ve had many more compliments on my faux tree, than I ever did with the real ones we had in the past.

    • November 8, 2013 / 3:06 pm

      I think we will be investing in a faux tree perhaps next year. I can stand all the sneezing and itchy eyes and it only seems to get worse as I get older!

  6. November 8, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    I am a hypocrite bc I hate wearing festive clothes but love seeing others wear them!

    • November 8, 2013 / 3:07 pm

      Although I will wear snowflakes and tree jewelry around the holidays – maybe even a candy cane – I never wear holiday themed clothes, although like you, I find them delightful and fun on other people. Go figure!

  7. November 8, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    Great outfit for tree-picking! And your new pendant is really lovely – that’s just the sort of seasonal jewelry I’d select too. Looks like a wonderful day xoxo.

    • November 9, 2013 / 8:20 am

      Isn’t it pretty? I have a snowflake pendant that I have been wearing every holiday season for the last 12+ years. It’s a little too blingy for me anymore – this one is more my speed.
      It was a wonderful day…can’t wait to get our tree in a few weeks!
      xo

  8. November 8, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Cute necklace. Great outfit. The season has started. We have less than 15 days til Disney.

    • November 9, 2013 / 8:20 am

      Yay for Disneyworld! It will be fun to see it all decked out for the holidays. Have a blast!

  9. November 9, 2013 / 2:10 am

    I’ve always loved Christmas and New Year and we used to have a real tree back in Russia. But in Israel where I live now, officially THERE IS NO CHRISTMAS!!!!! :)))) Being Mrs.Christmas, I always decorate as much as I can. We have a faux tree and I love to put lots of lights around the house. I probably could find a real tree here (would have to drive to Nazareth maybe) but a faux-tree is much more cat-proof. So we’re sticking with it.
    Back in Russia I always kept the tree for ages, a month at least. I never wanted to get rid of it. Love the holidays.

    • November 9, 2013 / 8:25 am

      Hi Tanya,

      I visit a Russian lady every week (she’s 101 years old!) and she doesn’t get her tree until right before Christmas. When she lived in Manchuria as a kid, her family wouldn’t get a tree until after Christmas. Is this a Russian tradition? Or maybe just a religious tradition?
      I am glad that even though Christmas is not celebrated where you now live, you are embracing it anyway.
      A faux tree sounds more practical for you, for sure!

  10. November 9, 2013 / 7:37 am

    Love your tree and the whole ritual you have of picking it out. Plaid Equipment shirt is fantastic too. I bought two vintage Christmasy cardigans on Etsy – both fantastic. Of course I’ll send you photos. xo

    • November 9, 2013 / 8:28 am

      It was fun looking at all the trees this year. When the kids were small, it was more of a big to-do and would take what seemed like hours with all the kids vying for their favorite tree.

      Yes! Please send photos of your vintage sweaters. I would love to see them!
      xoxo

  11. November 9, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Good morning Adrienne~ These are such beautiful photos of wine country and your lovely snowflake (with equipment blouse;) is perfect. What a great family tradition-and it looks like you got a real beauty there. Funny thing, my Scott is also a die hard Christmas fan (he has Christmas music playing right now). Thanks for your sweet comments on Stylemindchic and I am super excited about upcoming plans too. Will be thinking outfits today. Have a gorgeous weekend girlfriend!
    xx, Heather

  12. November 9, 2013 / 10:15 am

    I don’t usually like holiday jewelry, but would make an exception for this snowflake necklace. It’s seriously chic Adrienne! I love your holiday tradition, and so smart to choose early then cut it later. I saw a house all lit up with Christmas Lights this week!!

  13. November 9, 2013 / 6:22 pm

    Until we got a faux tree, we always had a Nobel Fir. They are just beautiful! and, what fun to go and pick it out. Yes, the memory making holidays are upon us. Let us enjoy!

  14. November 9, 2013 / 11:57 pm

    What a fun experience to go to a tree farm to pick out your tree. We always buy our tree from Home Depot or similar so it’s not as exciting. We keep debating on real vs. fake and each year when we clean up all the dried needles we swear we will buy a fake tree.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

  15. November 11, 2013 / 1:50 am

    Faux trees are da bomb! Especially optic fibre ones. I have 2, one has white lights and the other has coloured lights coming out of the needles. Try a little one in the bedroom first.

  16. November 11, 2013 / 3:29 am

    Love the snowflake pendant with the plaid shirt!

  17. November 17, 2013 / 3:19 am

    Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much for becoming part of Share-in-Style, my dear Adrienne.
    You are beyond beautiful.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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