Monogram Themed Christmas Tree with Balsam Hill

Sigh…I love monograms. I can never quite put my finger on what it is about them that makes me so happy.

I mean, it’s just a letter, right?

In the song ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ there’s a line that says, “I’d like to add his initial to my monogram”.

And maybe that’s part of what I love about them. They’re so identifying aren’t they?

When I got married, that middle letter of my monogram changed, going from an ‘R’ to an ‘H’.

And suddenly ‘H’ was my new favorite letter.

Christmas entry with Balsam Hill tree

Several years later a new family member joined us and I found myself loving the letter ‘I’ oh so very much….and the little boy it was attached to of course! And a few years after that a little miss ‘L’ came to be part of our family. Simple letters suddenly representing my heart.

Given my love for these letters it only made since that when I was presented with the opportunity to try out a Christmas tree from Balsam Hill that I would take the opportunity to create our own little ‘Family Tree’.

The artificial tree page on the Balsam Hill website, while filled with tons of options, makes choosing the right tree for your home an absolute cinch. I felt a bit like Goldilocks on the hunt for just the right tree to go in my entry. It couldn’t be too big or too small or too wide or too narrow.

mason jar ornament Christmas tree decor from

So when I spied the  Greenwich Estates Pine Tree Set  I knew it was just right. 3 trees with the middle size being the perfect one for me.

There’s just nothing like having a big box delivered to your front door during the holiday season is there?

The trees were impeccably packaged and came with easy instructions for assembling them. It also came with gloves to use while putting your tree together. I figured I could also use them afterwards if I ever joined a hand bell choir! 😉
Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Review

Rather than using the existing stand, I decided to place my tree in a pot and then load it up onto this little wooden sled.

I think it looks like it might have just been pulled in from the forest.

If that forest grew trees covered in white lights and fully decorated.

The branches on this tree are the most realistic artificial branches I’ve ever seen. Every time I bend down to plug it in I expect to catch a whiff of fresh pine scent.

small Christmas tree on sled in entry from

Mason jar lids became the perfect way to celebrate my favorite letters in the alphabet. I simply printed out each letter, used the lid to trace around it, cut it out, placed it inside the rim and then added the lid to the back. I secured it with a dab of hot glue and attached a piece of twine to the back so that it could hang from the tree.

monogram mason jar lid ornament from

I added a paper garland made using music sheet wrapping paper (leftover from last year) and twine.

Simple and lovely and free.

music sheet wrapping paper garland from

I had the kids write words that describe our family on little chalkboard tags before hanging them on the tree.

 This one is definitely true!

chalkboard tag ornaments from

And, of course, the letter that started it all had to hold an honored position at the top of the tree.

monogram tree topper from

Every morning when I come downstairs I walk past this family tree as I head towards the kitchen…and the coffee.

I see those letters representing the names of my most favorite people in all the world.

And how it all began when I added “his initial to my monogram”.

Monogrammed themed Christmas tree from

I’m so excited to be sharing my Monogram Themed Christmas Tree as part of

Balsam Hill’s 12 Bloggers of Christmas Series!


Here’s a sneak peek at the tree you’ll see today from Ashley of Cherished Bliss!

Joy Sneak Peek

And here’s the full line-up

Monday December 2nd:

Vanessa (At The Picket Fence)

Ashley (Cherished Bliss)

Tuesday December 3rd:

Beth (Unskinny Boppy)

Candace (Vintage News Junkie)

Wednesday December 4th:

KariAnne (Thistlewood Farms)

Kristin (My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia)

Thursday December 5th:

Kim (Sand and Sisal)

Laura (Finding Home)

Friday December 6th:

Courtney (French Country Cottage)

Jeanne (Jeanne Oliver)

Saturday December 7th:

Jen (Jen Rizzo)

Heather (At The Picket Fence)

Be sure to stop by and visit all of these talented bloggers this week to see their trees!


*Disclosure: I received product for this review but all opinions are 100% my own*

P.S. Here’s some of the fun we’ll be joining in this week:

Jennifer Rizzo holiday 150 housewalk button

11 Mag Lane Holiday Open House button Final


  1. says

    Oh, I love this tree, Vanessa … from its perfect size and “thoughtful” and creative ornaments … to the meaning behind it! I also love that you placed it in your beautiful foyer so that it’s the first tree guests see when they come on in. Happy Holidays, sweet friend. xoxo
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  2. says

    Lucky you! I have been using trees and garland from Balsam Hill for years. I don’t use the large tree anymore and got a little one for the sunroom. My other tabletop tree is not from Balsam Hill, but maybe next year. They are so life like and I love how you decorated yours.


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