Happy December! (Or Dressember for me! If you don’t know what I’m talking about…check out mine and my friend Hannah’s Dressember page to learn more!)
Even before December 1st rolled around, I felt like I was already falling behind on the Christmas to-do/to-get list. On November 29th I walked into Sam’s Club to purchase the gift my youngest son wanted…a Bosch Powertool playset…gone. Yesterday I when I was at Costco I decided I should get wrapping paper and ribbon. There were 4 rolls of ribbon left and 3 choices of wrapping paper prints. I just ordered Christmas cards last night. It’s still 20 days until Christmas but I’m definitely feeling the pressure. (And still no gift for my youngest son.)
BUT…I’m not here to talk about holiday stress! Let’s move on to something much more uplifting…like Christmas decor! I rolled mine out on Thanksgiving weekend and I’m so excited to share it with you and hope you’ll share yours with me!
I love mixing in “regular” items in with Christmas things. And I’ll also add that while the inside of our house is very bright and festive, you will never see the outside of our house on any kind of “best outdoor decor” list. We have a wreath on the door…and a small pallet tree Nathan built with ornaments on it…and that’s it. We can’t do it all I guess 😉
Starting with my favorite area of the house…the living room. This is where the “main tree” lives. The mantle is probably my favorite part of the Christmas decor. The fireplace is also where the basket of Christmas books lives. I have a weakness for kids Christmas books.
I added this nativity and sign this year and found them both at Kirklands. O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas song and I’m very partial to nativities that do not include wise men…that’s why I leave them out of the other nativity set on the mantle 😉
Our tree is real and fresh-cut from Minnesota by some friends of ours while they visited family over Thanksgiving 🙂
I picked up this countdown to Christmas on our trip to Minneapolis this fall. I love how simplistic it is!
Also, I think it’s importnat for the kids to have special Christmas toys to play with. I picked up this nativity at Ten Thousand Villages a few years ago.
The kids like to play with it as well as read special Christmas books!
Love seeing them enjoy those things!
Next, on to the kitchen.
Another find from our trip to Minneapolis in the fall 🙂
I made the mistake of teaching my oldest son the silly version of “Jingle Bells”. Also, everyone should have a couple of kitchsy thrift-store Christmas figurines 😉
I usually keep this serve wear in their boxes in the basement…but since its the season of parties and goodies, they’ve earned a temporary spot in the kitchen cabinet on display.
On to the library! I’m especially excited about the new tree we’ve added this year…
This is where we keep special ornaments/activities that keep us focused on the reason for the season.
Our new tree: the Stewarts on the Go ornament collection tree! Our main tree was starting to get a little crowded with all our ornaments from our travels…so now, our travels have their own tree 🙂 Aside from the mantle, this is my second favorite decor area!
So many fun memories come to mind when looking at all those ornaments from so many places.
I don’t do too much with the bookshelves, but there’s another nativity playset, antique angels from my grandma Hall, and my tree collection…I like Christmas trees if you couldn’t tell 😉
We also have this nativity my father-in-law picked up in Haiti for us…but I admit I leave it up year round 😉
Next is the foyer… and I finally found some fun things to add to the top ledges that are frequently neglected.
Sorry for the poor picture quality on the ledges…difficult angle to capture.
I found the sled at the Westbottoms on First Friday back in October…I’ve wanted one for a long time! The Snow Day word sign I found at Micheals. The garland on the staircase is a Costco find and such a great deal!
Not only do I like Christmas trees…but I’m totally on board with this trucks hauling trees trend. I hope it sticks around awhile.
My coffee tree…I’ve collected Starbucks ornaments since my coffee slinging days way back when we were DINKS.
My girls love this sparkly reindeer and vintage sleigh. I think they have finally stopped trying to play with it…I hope.
Lastly, I added a few small details to the basement so the kids feel festive while playing down there…
I like to save some of their past Christmas art projects to display every year.
This is the “kid tree”…it looks like a craft store threw up on it…and I resist the extreme urge to fix it daily.
So that does it for the Christmas tour! I wish I had time to tag where I found everything…but if you want to know about a specific item, just ask!
Do you go “all out” for Christmas when it comes to decor? What’s your Christmas decor style? Mines such a mix, it would be difficult to describe 😀
I hope to share our family photo shoot in my next post very soon!
Grace & peace,