Let me warn you: You may not get any great ideas here…I don’t really do all that much decorating for Christmas. What you may learn is that a little bit of red goes a long way. It’s not that I don’t love Christmas decorations, it’s just that I’ve found I don’t need much to make it feel like Christmas time around here. I try to fill our home with things that have special memories, the sounds of Christmas (music or movies), and the smells of holiday baking. To me a Christmas tree, some candles, and family traditions are what make it feel like Christmas.
Please look around. I hope you find inspiration in your own home.
This is our first year with a fake tree. I have to say…I’m sold! It was so easy, and finding a real one that fits as perfectly as this one would have been impossible. I found ours at the new At Home store in Plano (used to be Garden Ridge). Ours is decorated using family ornaments that we’ve collected since our own childhoods’, and in our 13 years of marriage. We also tucked in some pinecones that we picked up out of my grandmother’s yard in East Texas several years ago.
The piano holds some fresh greenery from Trader Joe’s, candles, and the nutcrackers that Avery and I have been collecting.
My mom’s green crystal candle holder–I love it at night. The book it’s sitting on holds our Christmas memories each year. I’ll be honest, I’ve missed a year or two, but it’s wonderful looking back throughout the years to see how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same.
Conner got in on the action this year using one of his vintage trucks and some old bottle brush trees. I found the star at 540 Mercantile downtown.
My dining room table is currently being used for sewing projects–Avery has been working on stockings for all of the animals. She’s done it completely by herself and I can’t wait to show them off when she’s finished. So for now, I’ve added some red and green to the buffet. We will have dinner in here on Christmas Eve, but I have no idea how I’ll set the table. I’m not that big into fancy table settings. It’ll just happen.
I keep thinking someday I’ll get new Christmas decorations, but when you just stick with the classic red and green, you can’t go wrong. Adding to it is easy, and you also have the flexibility of always being able to move things around. I never know where I’ll use what I’ve got until I pull it out each year.
Our living room has small touches throughout. Red throws and a new plaid pillow (that I made from $1.99 fabric) add just enough to make it look like Christmas.
Conner also helped by decorating this little tree, using some of the kids’ favorite ornaments.
I can remember cracking nuts out of this bowl at my grandmother’s house at Christmas. My kids are making similar memories here.
Christmas morning will be spent here. It’s my favorite room in the house.
I got the small wreaths at Trader Joe’s and attached them using ribbon and Command velcro strips.
My kitchen is a workhorse this time of year, so I can’t do much decorating. My Christmas cookie jar is about all I have room for. The counters are usually piled up with baking supplies and gift tins. The kids and I will start our annual gingerbread house this week, so right now the baking area is full of candies and pretzels.
As I said, I don’t do much, but I’m glad it’s done. I’m ready for the kids to be out of school so we can spend time together enjoying the traditions our family has created. Here’s to wishing you and yours a peaceful and joyous holiday.