It’s the time of year…where the world falls in love…Merry Christmas! Yes, I am a totally a dork this time of year. My family spent the weekend hunting down a Christmas tree and decking the halls. There was hot chocolate (or chai tea for me) and holiday music filled the air. This is our first Christmas in the new house and I realized the house is so under-dressed. The main problem is that we nearly tripled our living space and now I need more stuff. However, I want to wait until the After-Christmas sales to really buy some gems. I hope none of this come across as cranky because I love everything I put up, I just need more of it, haha. So come inside, put your feet up, and I’ll get the cocoa!
We didn’t have a porch at the old townhouse so my outdoor decorations consisted of only this wreath and some window lights that no longer fit. I love the wreath though. It was a gift from my mom and she dressed it up with the bow and some sparkle. I plan on purchasing some of those net lights to put over the trees in the front landscaping and some simple wreaths in the windows with candles. My son has a cast iron John Deere riding tractor toy and I so want to stick Santa on that in the front lawn with the reindeer pulling his “sleigh”. Even though I wouldn’t say I am a country gal, my Tennessee friends would appreciate that joke.
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, we had to hunt all over town for yo-ou! Being new to the area, we ended up buying one that was shipped in rather than cutting our own but it still smells like Christmas heaven. We graduated from our 7 ft tree to a 9 ft tree and my decorations are really looking sparse. I like it just the same because of the memories. Oh did I mention we plan on having two trees next year? I will buy a fake one when they are discounted and that tree will go in the front room.
I’ve never had a mantle before and I think this is a pretty good start. I made the sign and showed that earlier this month. I bought the silver buckets for $3 a piece at Target and I want to distress them later. I also want to put something else with height in them but the ornaments work for now. We also really need some new stockings because I am changing the color scheme to a red and turquoise theme to match our existing decor.
We are going to be completely renovating the fireplace and mantle this year so I didn’t bother hanging anything and I just nailed the stockings into the mantle. This has got to be one of my prettiest lazy projects.
These deer are one of my favorite items of Christmas decor. I love them, but I realized they seem a bit out of scale with the fireplace so they may find a new home next year.
The dining room didn’t get much of a Christmas makeover this year. I made some frames and put J-O-Y in them but that room is currently chocked full of crap from our kitchen renovation. I also have some towels for the bathroom and only enough garland to cover half of one stair rail so I just skipped it for this year. All in all, I know there is a ton to buy but I am not going out to spend $1000 on decorations that will last a month. Hope you enjoyed my little tour and Merry Christmas!
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