Hello friends! Today, I want to share Charlie’s Christmas bedroom with his collected Christmas tree. I don’t share his room very much here. There are many spaces we like to keep more private, but I thought it would be fun to give you a little peek at his tree! From the time he was a baby until now, my mom and I have always purchased an ornament or two for his tree. The tree started out as a small table top tree and as he grew, so did his tree. He now has this pre-lit 6.5′ spruce tree with a number of sweet, collected ornaments.
I’m not one to change the theme of our trees each year. Many of our ornaments hold sentimental value, so to get a fresh look I like to change out ribbon, floral stems and toppers. In the past we have stuck to a Santa hat on top of Charlie’s tree, but this year I came across this knitted star topper and thought it was too cute to pass up. I also added red “Merry Christmas” banners that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.
His tree is a collections of ornaments we’ve made, ornaments from trips we taken, antique markets finds, and even some from my mom’s collection of ornaments that were purchased after her and my dad got married. Each one holds a special meaning or memory for Charlie and our family. I have long thought that his tree just might my favorite.
His Christmas bedroom wouldn’t be complete without his pup Cooper! Aside from making Charlie’s bed, I tried to keep things just as his room looks from day to day. As you can tell by his rugged appearance, Cooper has been quite loved! Cooper was a gift from Josh and I during the Christmas season years ago.
Over the years I collected a few things to give his room a child-like, festive feel. In the fall I found this pompom wreath at Homegoods. I instantly thought of Charlie! Using a 3M hook, I hung it right above the bed without making any permanent holes in his wallpaper.
Charlie also has a small nutcracker collection that his nana started for him. Each year, she purchases one nutcracker for us. I decided just to share this side of his room, again to keep some parts of our home just for us, but Charlie has a dresser with each nutcracker on display. These are two of my favorite from his collection. When he was smaller he would take them down and play with them I wasn’t the biggest fan or that idea, but I’m relieved that they held up so well! They’ve been quite sturdy.
Each year Charlie asks to keep a couple of presents under his tree. He helps me wrap gifts for a couple of his friends and cousins, and keeps them in his room. This year we added this little cutie! We found him while shopping at the Cotton Mill Exchange antique store in downtown Canton. Charlie informed me that he’s guarding the gifts.
One day, not too soon I hope, Charlie will take all of his ornaments to use in his own home. I think he’ll have a wonderful collection by the time he is grown! I have to admit, I’m going to have a hard time letting them go. They hold so many sweet memories for this mama.
Do you collect ornaments? I love being able to pull them out each year and reminisce. They hold so many special moments that we get to remember all season long every time we walk by our trees. No matter how you celebrate, I wish a very happy Christmas!
We did the same thing with my son. I started buying him Hallmark brand collectible ornaments. Up to age 5 he got one a year. Then at age 5 they became more personal. One year in middle school he went to NY with his choir group and sang at the Statue of Liberty so that year he got a NY ornament (not Hallmark). I broke away rather quickly from just Hallmark ornaments because I wanted them to start highlighting something in his life each year. My favorite one is a guitar playing snowman that plays a rock song because that year he was really into the game Guitar Hero. Like you, I hope one day he takes these and puts them on his own tree in his own home and thinks of me when he does. 🙂 He’s 23 now and will soon be done with college and moving out so my time is near that this will be happening and I am not looking forward to it! ha! Merry Christmas, sweet lady! Thank you for sharing Charlie’s tree.
Oh wow! I love that! To look back at each one takes you back to that time, even for just a moment. I know those must be so special to you and him! I can totally relate to your feelings on son moving out. I’m not looking forward to those days quite yet, although I know they still hold so much joy. Don’t you wish you could slow some days with your son down? I guess we gotta soak up every moment while we can. Thank you so much for sharing! I love hearing what others do in their homes this time of the year. Merry Christmas!
Indiana Davis says
I love this room. I love the comforters on the bed. Where did you purchase them? Thanks
Thank you so much! The duvet cover is from Ikea, several years ago and the quilt and sham is from Garnet Hill Kids.
Judy Johnson says
I love the tree and the sentimental ornaments on it. When Charlie takes his ornaments to his own home one day there will be many memories he’ll cherish. His room is so cute! I love that he has a collection of nutcrackers too. I started one years ago for my now 17 year old grandson. He and I had an after school “date” a few weeks ago and, while I was afraid he had outgrown the nutcracker stage, he wanted to pick one out for his collection this year. I was happy to oblige!
I am so enjoying all the photos you are sharing during this Christmas season, your home is simply lovely!
Nan, Odessa, DE says
Tell Charlie he has.my favorite tree!!!!
Do you have a na.e, company that makes.the mouse? Help I want.one!!
His tree is lovely. I have been buying an ornament every year for over 20 years for my grandaughter and grandson for their own trees someday. Hope they ring good memories for them someday. A lovely idea to do.
My favorite ornament is a small styrofoam ball with three tiny sequins on it. My oldest son made it in Sunday School when he was two or three. I offered it to him once after he was married and he told me he didn’t think he was mature enough yet (he was at least 35) to take good care of it, so it still proudly hangs on the front of my tree every year. I sent a few antique ornaments that were always our younger son’s favorites to him, but his wife wouldn’t put them on the tree, so I still cherish them myself too.
Tracie Claiborne says
This is just so delightful. I’m looking forward to having grandchildren soon so I can create a fun and whimsical tree for them. I bet you saw that Merry Christmas banner and said, “oh yes, you’re going home with me!” I would have!!
LAURIE CARPENTER says
My husband and I bought our first rocking horse ornament on our honeymoon in 1981. Over the years we continued collecting and acquiring numerous ones as gifts made from everything imaginable including blown glass, clay, porcelain, wood, and tin. My mother-in-law gifted us a Hallmark rocking horse every year with the date on it. When my husband passed away at the age of 41, (our children were 13 & 10 yrs old) I decorated the tree one last time with the ornaments. When the time came to take down the tree I bought two lovely boxes from Michael’s and carefully wrapped the ornaments in tissue paper equally dividing them between the boxes. When our children eventually set up homes of their own I gifted each one a box of carefully chosen ornaments that I had boxed away. It’s a funny thing how much sentiment a small ornament can hold, but that’s the joy in reconnecting to them each year. Your son’s tree is beautiful. Treasure it.
Love your style! Can I ask where your checkered wallpaper is from? Thank- you!