Patriotic Fridays with Tree Classics


Happy Friday Friends and welcome to Patriotic Friday at Poofing the Pillows in partnership with Tree Classics.  

Back at Christmas, I mentioned that our oldest son Spencer had recently joined the Army.  He was sworn into service last August and is currently as a member of the Infantry at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.


As the parents of two sons, we are so incredibly proud! Our oldest son is a soldier and our younger son will soon be a Registered Nurse. When your kids are little, you really don't know what direction they will choose in life. Do you? You have your own hopes and dreams for them...you support them in every way you can...and ultimately they choose their own paths. Which is at it should be.

We always knew there was a chance that Spencer would choose to serve our country. It's something he talked about always and forever. Then one day last summer he called us with the news that he had enlisted.  When your son (or daughter) tells you this it is exciting, overwhelming, and terrifying! To know that your baby wants to join the ranks of so many who have protected and served us is really more than I can describe.

The day that Tree Classics reached out and asked us to partner with them by sharing a patriotic tree, I was so excited that I actually felt teary eyed. You see, in my family and my husband's we all love our country fiercely. We love our flag, we love the Pledge of Allegiance, we love to sing the National Anthem, and we love to show respect to our armed forces. Now more than ever!




My husband and I both have several family members on each side who have served in the armed forces in one capacity or another; in peacetime and in war times.  We have come to understand that no matter what the circumstances are, a service person and their families are sacrificing for the good of our country when they are willing to commit to years of service. They commit their time, their own ability to make many life decisions, and their families.  And of course, there are so many who have made the supreme sacrifice for our freedom and safety.  This is something we just can't forget!


The timing for this is perfect because July 4th is just around the corner.  Also, our soldier is coming home for a few days at the end of June! I can't wait for Spencer to see this tree that we've decorated with him and his fellow service members in mind. We'll be cooking his favorite foods, spending time with his girlfriend, and relaxing together as a family. We also can't wait to hear about his training and see his face as he describes to us what he's learning out in the desert of West Texas.

We are so privileged to live in the United States of America and there is not a day that passes that this blessing doesn't enter our minds.  I hope you feel the same way. 

Thank a soldier or Marine or airman or sailor. Pray for our country. Write letters or send messages to those who serve. Find out how you can help the families of service people. We can all do our part in little ways. Do you know someone whose spouse is deployed? Reach out to them and see what they might need.

Tree Classics provided us with the 7 1/2 ft tall Alpine White Christmas tree to decorate and share with you. I hope you can see how beautiful this tree is. The white branches are the clearest white and are the perfect backdrop for decorations. The tree came with a stand and all three sections of the branches were carefully wrapped in the box. We were able to unbox the tree and have it together in less than 20 minutes. The tree is pre-lit with white cords that do not show at all once your tree is fluffed. The gold ornaments you see sprinkled around the tree were also a gift from Tree Classics. They arrived here individually wrapped and packaged in boxes that can be kept safely for years to come. The ornaments are a lovely soft gold and I immediately noticed that although they are blown glass, they are not as delicate as some ornaments we've had in years past. 
Products shown in this post include 7 1/2 foot Alpine White Christmas Tree, Silver and Gold Ornament Collection, Deluxe Rolling Tree Stand and Storage Bag
All opinions stated are my honest thoughts and I love it all!



Giveaway: If you leave a comment on this post, you will be entered for the chance to win a Winter Delight ornament set from Tree Classics.  Sweet readers, if you do not have a blog I am often unable to return your messages. You can feel free to privately email me at stacey@poofingthepillows.com. The winner will be announced on July 4th. 
Also, on July 4th Tree Classics is giving away a tree to a reader! You can leave a comment on the Tree Classics Facebook page soon and enter for a chance to win the tree via the Gleam app they will be using. Let them know what your favorite ornament set is that you see on their website or leave a shout out to the fine people who serve our country for a chance to win a tree. Giveaways are open to US residents only.
You can visit Tree Classics and see their patriotic tree here.
You can see Shirley's tree here. 
Need a little more patriotic inspiration? Stop by this post for a fun tablescape and cookie recipe. 

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  1. Oh Stacey, first of all, thank you for raising a son who WANTED to serve our country. That is so very special. What a beautiful tree and how it's decorated. This was a great project promotion, and you're right - perfect timing near flag day and Independence Day.
    Enjoy your time with your soldier while he's home!

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    1. Thank you Rita! No matter how big or tough he gets, he's still my baby. It's still hard for me to fathom that he's a soldier.

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  2. Stacey, What a wonderful post and beautiful tribute to our military men and women. I would have the same mixed emotions but feel incredible pride having a son or daughter enlist to serve our country. Thank your for sharing your lovely patriotic tree. Your rockets flying make the perfect tree topper!

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    1. Thank you Mary. We are so proud of both of our sons. They are both serving in different ways. What more could parents want? :)

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  3. Thank you to your son for his service! Our country is so lucky to have families like yours. The tree looks great, especially next to the white wicker chairs in your beautiful home. Enjoy the time your family will be spending together.

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    1. Thank you!! The tree is beautiful and we are really enjoying it. Spencer will be home next week and I'll get the chance to sit him down and let him read all of this. :)

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  4. Awww Stacey, God Bless your son, and I know you and your hubby are so very proud of him, and your other son, too. Spencer will certainly love the tree that you lovingly decorated. Thank you for sharing your patriotic tree!

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    1. You are right, Kitty. We are proud of both of them! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. ;)

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  5. Stacey, I'm in awe of all those who choose to give their time, treasure and talents to serving our country. We're super patriotic like you and Paul and it breaks my heart when I see or hear people who disparage our country and our flag. Many hats off to Spencer and your family for his service. Your words were so heart~felt and beautiful. The tree is absolutely beautiful and I hope you take a picture of Spencer's face when he sees it.

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    1. I am in awe too, Carol! I see now more than ever what a sacrifice and commitment it is to be a member of our military. I didn't want to make too much of a political statement in this post but I'm right there with you on all of this. We love our country!

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  6. Thank you to Spencer for his service to our country! I cannot imagine the roller coaster of emotions that you must feel. For the last few years I have thought about adding a white tree to our Christmas decor, however most I've found have been a little skimpy or way out of my budget. I love this one! I am going to check this site out. Beautiful tree!!!Thank you!

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    1. Tammy, this tree is stunning and it's on sale right now on the Tree Classics website. We have a couple of trees from other big box stores and they don't compare to this one. Truly. Be sure to enter at the website for a chance to win one.

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  7. Your red, white, and blue tree is stunning! I had a patriotic Christmas tree during the time of the Gulf War. Our nephew was serving at that time as a Marine Harrier jet pilot. He was shot down in early 1991 & was a POW for one month. We are so thankful he came home.
    Your tree has inspired me to decorate a patriotic tree for 4th of July & Christmas. I have a white 2 foot tree. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Carol, thank heavens your nephew came out ok! I can not imagine how terrifying that must have been for your family. I'll be watching Facebook to see your patriotic tree. :)

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  8. Please tell you son thank you from me! Your tree is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Penny. I will tell Spencer. :)

      Can't wait to see a tree in your new house!

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  9. I love this idea! My brother is a recently retired career Marine, and my youngest's boyfriend is an Army Ranger. We also have had many other family members serve our country in the past as well. What a wonderful tribute to all the brave men and women who serve our country each and every day.
    Glad your son will be home for a visit soon and I know he will love the tree!

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    1. Thank you Lauren. So many of us have family members who give of themselves to the armed services. I'm so proud of these people!

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  10. What a great job decorating your tree honoring those that serve our country! I appreciate your son's service and sacrifice. Your patriotic tree is a great tribute and reminder of those that serve and have served our country. May God bless each and everyone for their willingness to serve our great country.
    I'm sure Spencer will feel honored. Enjoy your visit with him.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. You are so sweet!

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  11. Your tree is so beautiful. I just bought a white tree from Tree Classics after the holidays last year. They are the nicest trees. Love that you have decorated this one for the 4th. Big hugs and thank you to your son. Anyone that serves our country to keep us free and safe are hero's. Happy Friday have a wonderful weekend.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. Kris, I'm so glad to hear that you love your tree. I love this one too! It's so much nicer than any of the ones we've purchased at HL. There are no pieces falling off! :)

      Thank you for your sweet comment. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday too!

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  12. So beautiful Stacey, and the words you spoke with them...we are all so grateful to those that serve and we fly our flag proudly! Thank you and your family for your service! I did a patriotic tree also this week and included links to your group's Tree Classics posts. Happy Flag Day and the 4th of July!
    Jenna

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    1. Jenna, I just had to pop over and see your tree! You are so sweet to support us in your post. All of your trees are fantastic!

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  13. How fun and special. Stacey. I love what you did with the tree. Enjoy your visit with your son. We appreciate his service.

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  14. Thank you for your Service, I believe the thanks should include the whole family. Beautiful post.

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  15. As a momma of two boys and the wife of a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, I think I can understand the pride and trepidation that accompanies military service. What a wonderful way to celebrate with your beautiful patriotic tree!

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    1. Lisa, I think you understand it all more than I do at this point. I know you are so proud of your husband. We are so thankful that there are men and women who are willing to commit to the armed services. Thank you!

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  16. Overwhelming and terrified indeed. I would feel the same, along with the pride. The tree you created is simply beautiful and I hope he sees this and feels a little pride in his mom, too!

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    1. You are sweet, Jeanie. He probably will because he's sweet like that. :)

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  17. Stacey! I bookmarked this post for so many reasons! The tree is absolutely beautiful. I remember when we lived outside Columbus and a home on our block had a lit Christmas tree in the middle of March. I later learned a Christmas tree is kept up somewhere in the house when a family member is serving. Have you heard that? Now all of a sudden my eyes are filled with tears! Love this post so much and your "boys" (won't we always call them our boys? laura

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    1. No I have not heard that! There are so many little traditions like the one that you mentioned that we are still hearing and learning. Yes they will always be our boys! I just told another person that Spencer is my red-headed blue-eyed boy. He always will be.

      Yesterday was the 243rd birthday of the US Army. I might have shed a few tears over that one.

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  18. Hi Stacey,
    It is an honorable life choice to serve our country for the individual and the entire family. When one member of your family serves, your entire family is serving in one way or another. Your patriotic tree is just beautiful and would sure be a big hit in our cottage. I have been a military Mom for over 36 years, we know what it is like to have the empty chairs at the holiday table, and to be in prayer through the night when your family member is a part of the war that is shown non stop on TV. At one time we had 3 active duty USAF members in a battle zone. We presently have two active duty members. I thank you and your family for your service to our country and may God Bless You!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Helen, just reading what you've said gives me chills. We have not experienced having our son actually engaged in combat yet. The time will likely come and I don't look forward to it! I can't imagine what it must have been like for your family. Thank them all for what they have done and will continue to do.

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  19. We are a very much Army Family. My Hubby was in for many years and now or Grandson is in the Army. Please enter me in the ornament giveaway. I will have to start putting up a tree like that. It is so pretty. I also love the ornaments on it.

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    1. You are definitely entered Ms. Betty! Thanks to your family for protecting us through the years. And yes...you do need a patriotic tree. :)

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  20. Stacey, we thank your son Spencer for his service to our Country...making it a safe place to live and prosper and defending our precious freedoms. You and your hubby must be so very proud of him! The tree is gorgeous! It is so easy to put together and don't you just love the rolling stand?!!!!...and that bag is truly wonderful too! Glad to be a part of the Tree Classics Patriotic Fridays with you! Have a most wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Shirley! We are so proud of Spencer for his part in the Army. He's my red-headed blue-eyed boy and it's hard for me to imagine him as a soldier but he is.

      Yes, working with Tree Classics has been an honor. I love the tree and the rolling stand/bag. It's pretty wonderful!

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  21. Thank to your son for his service to our country for keeping us safe. Your tree is beautiful and know your son will enjoy it. I am very patriotic just hearing our national anthem gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes. I fly my flag proudly and am very proud to be an American. My father was in World WarII and my brother in VietNam War.

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    1. Wow Marlene. We truly relate on this subject! I am so happy that patriotism is alive and well. I will be sure to tell Spencer that so many nice people have left messages. :)

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  22. I've always loved white trees decorated at Christmas and this one looks especially fabulous decorated in red white and blue. What a fun way to decorate for the holiday and it can stay up till Christmas! Your decorations are perfect.

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  23. Thank you so much to your son (and other family members) for their service to our country. I know you must be so proud of him. The tree is beautiful and a perfect reminder to appreciate those who serve and sacrifice for our nation.

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  24. Thank you Stacey for writing what I also feel in my heart. A very special thank you to Spencer for serving our country and for his sacrifice. I know you are proud of both sons. Your tree is lovely and perfect for July 4th!

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  25. Your tree is so beautiful. I am a retired Registered Nurse. Congratulations to your son.

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    1. Thank you Pamela. I really appreciate your kind comment.

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  26. We are in graduation season right now and we are watching a lot of young people commit to the armed services. I am always amazed and grateful that they feel called. I know you must be incredibly proud and at the same time, miss him terribly. The tree is such a beautiful way to honor him....and as Marty said, thanks to your son, but to the whole family as well. xoxo

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  27. Kim, doesn't it amaze you when they sign up so young? When Spencer was sworn in, there were boys there who were 17!! They had to have their parent's permission. They looked like babies! Spencer was 28 when he enlisted. He had spent a long time thinking about it and thankfully, had already completed college.

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  28. That patriotic tree is beautiful. God Bless America.
    Marilyn

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. I'm glad you stopped by and left a comment.

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  29. Stacey,
    Thanks so much for your family's service.....I love your Patriotic Tree!! I just posted my Patriotic Tree, well actually one of 3 Trees. I have done a Patriotic Tree for several years now.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! That tornado came too close for comfort!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  30. Love your tree! God bless your son! What an awesome calling to join the service. My nephew's son just graduated from high school and he is going into the military. I would love to do a patriotic tree for his mom. I can't imagine a military mom's heart! My Daddy who is now in Heaven, served in the army during WWII. Love the USA. Thank you to your son for protecting us.

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  31. Hello....as a "Soldier Mom" I can feel your pride. My son served in the USAF and we couldn't have been prouder. We currently have a great niece in the middle of her Marine training....we are so proud of this 100# dumpling! Prayers for your son and everyone in our great military! God Bless America!!

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  32. Oh sweet lady, this is darling and you are AMAZING! Yes, you must get to DC. We cried at Arlington as service by my husband, my dad and grandparents run deep. I often think of your boy, no man, and thanks to him and all our service men and women! Have a great week my precious friend!

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  33. Hi Stacey, oh wow please thank you son for his service. I love your beautiful tree and the way you decorated it so pretty and patriotic. Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Julie

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  34. Stacey,
    Just wanted to know that I included a link to your post in the post I did on My Patriotic Tree..
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  35. Hi Stacey! Your patriotic tree is beautiful and such a sweet tribute to your son. I am always in awe and have so much gratitude for those who serve. Truly a noble and selfless choice. I know you must be proud of your son! Jane

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  36. Bless your son for wanting to serve our country. Your other son deserves kudos as becoming a registered nurse. How proud you must be. Your tree is lovely with it's beautiful patriotic decor.

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  37. Oh my Stacey this is such a refreshing look for a tree. That red white and blue really stands out to give the space a patriotic look! What a fun idea!!

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  38. Your tree is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. It literally took my breath away when I saw the picture. I love my country and pray for it and for my president often. Why anyone these days would fail to stand with hand over heart when our anthem is played is just something I cannot understand (or tolerate). I always use every opportunity to tell members of our armed services THANK YOU for their service. I pray your son will be safe, and please tell him there are lots of us in America who support him and all of our soldiers.

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    1. Cheri, this message made me smile. You and I are kindred spirits in this respect! I am happy that you liked the tree and I'm also happy to know that you love our country so much. :)

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  39. Lovely post, and lovely sentiments, Stacey! What a great idea to use a tree during the summer months when so many patriotic holidays are celebrated! Thankful for your son's service!

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  40. Your tree is gorgeous. I love the Chinese lanterns with the stars and bars! We appreciate your sons service to our country! I just had the chance to visit with a cousin who recently retired after serving in the Marines for 20 years. We appreciate all of our brave men and women!

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  41. Stacey, so loving the tree and the festive ornaments. Your son's service to our country fills me with gratitude. I have a young cousin in the Marines in Florida. It's so much easier to understand the sacrifice when it is one of your own.

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  42. The tree is beautiful. Thank You for the Patriotic display. I have a lot of military in my family going back to Bunker Hill. Thank You to all the men and women serving in our military past and present.
    Marion

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  43. My Dad and his 6 brothers were all in the Army, and I married an Air force man. Thank you for the lovely tree and the recognition. Best wishes for your son!

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  44. I have always liked the quote: "Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion"

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  45. That is a beautiful tree and please thank your son for his service. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Summer Time Fun Linky. Pinned.

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