My douglas fir is now officially up (thanks to a very kind helper) and covered in my favorite trimmings: antique silver baby cups, berries, black velvet bows, and plenty of red tartan ribbon! I guess you could say I never got over plaid, Ralph Lauren, and the nineties in general, but it’s my absolute favorite look for the holidays. There’s just something so timeless about tartan — and the fun history behind this family symbol feels especially meaningful at Christmas. Do you have Scots in your family tree? If so, it’s fun to play around with the tartan finder on the House of Tartan website. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of a snowy family gathering in Scotland for Christmas. Wouldn’t that be dreamy? Glasgow, here we come…

image sources {row one} scottish lion, “the skating minister” by sir henry raeburn, the griffith clan tartan, j. crew {row two} portrait of lieutenant colonel robert munro ferguson by unknown artist from the highlander’s museum, photo via jeff picard, portrait of colonel f. h. neish by john crealock from the gordan highlander’s musem {row three} image found via pinterest (original source unknown), elle korea, duncan clan tartan, southern living magazine

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