Christmas is less than one week away! Holy cow December is flying by. Here’s a peak into how I decorated my home for Christmas this year.
I kept the entry way very simple and used faux garland and greenery to give it a winter feel. I’ve used live greenery before on the stair railing and it’s a royal pain in the tush and a total mess when I take it down. Oddly enough, this is one of those situations where the real stuff is crazy expensive, and the fake stuff is too, but the fake stuff has the advantage that it can be used year after year in lots of different ways. So fake it is.
The Christmas tree is my favorite decoration because I love the lights and the smell and really everything about it. It’s oddly shaped this year (or perfectly imperfect, according to my husband), but that’s part of the charm of getting a live tree. This time it’s part ginormous, part Charlie Brown tree but we like it all the same.
I placed the nativity under the tree this year. It’s a sentimental piece that we had under our tree when I was growing up and my parents handed it down to me a few years ago. I’ve protected it in years past by setting it up on a table, but this year I decided that it belongs under the tree. We’ll see if I do it again next year, but for now I like it this way for all the wonderful nostalgic reasons.
I went with a rustic nature theme this year. I used lots of greenery, live and fake, with natural colors and very few things that add that famous “pop” of color.
I layered the greenery on the mantel by using two faux garlands and some miscellaneous faux branches. I added a string of lights for a little bling at night. I love the simplicity of it. Pro-tip: Don’t leave your battery powered lights on all the time by accident. They will plow through the batteries and the lights are so small that you won’t even realize your mistake during the day until they just don’t turn on at night next time.
I couldn’t resist adding a plaid blanket. I found it last month at the Home Goods store. Blankets and pillows are a great and easy way to add some texture to make a corner more interesting. Maybe that’s the pop of color that I didn’t include in my greenery this year.
Most of my decorations are things that I already had from prior years but I used them in different ways. Don’t ask how I store them as the collection grows.
When all else fails, use chocolate as a decoration. The only downside is that I can’t stop eating them. (If one considers that a downside.)
I used a lot of candles, which I love because it instantly makes a room more warm and cozy feeling. I used a mixture of metal colors to introduce a little variety to the room.
Isn’t my forest of trees so cute?
I made a wintry scene in this nook. I love how it came out and I especially love that I can keep this up even after Christmas is over. After all, even though the holiday decorations may come down, winter continues on for months around here and that’s another opportunity to decorate.
I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’m still baking up a storm and I can’t wait to share a few more cookie recipes with you before the end of this year. (Including an entry from my husband that’s geared toward making lots of people happy all at once.) You know, because come January 1st we’ll all be on the healthy track consuming smoothies and salads. I wonder if a cookie smoothie is still considered a healthy thing. 😉
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