In college, I kept my baby Christmas tree up year round. I had two sets of ornaments- Christmas and Easter. The rest of the year, I celebrated the North woods (like many Minnesotans do)... FYI-if you're from MN, it's okay to have a fake pine tree adorning your home 12 months a year. It's a lodge theme, I guess. Anyway, nowadays, I live in MO, so I get to saver my lovely tree for about a month, but after that it gets tucked under the stairs for the majority of the year. For this reason, I feel compelled to document the beauty of my tree here, on the blog. I also want to share some fun tips for making your tree look awesome in pictures! If you have a DSLR camera, bust out your tri-pod and put that puppy on manual setting. Make sure it's plenty dark outside and turn out all the lights in your home. Crank up the camera's ISO AS FAR as it will go, set your aperture at 1.8, and select a shutter speed between 1/30 and 6 seconds (this is a broad range, but it will depend on how much ISO your camera has ). Tah-dah:
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