This is my first year creating a "holiday home tour." And to be honest: I am a little nervous. In the past I have shared my ornament ideas and holiday recipes. But this year I am branching out to show you how I decorate for Christmas in our home. My philosophy for holiday decorating? Keep it simple, display what you love, and don't spend a lot of money doing it. I would rather see you keep things simple and spend extra money on holiday gifts for loved ones and donate to your favorite non-profit.
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Here we go! I am starting in our living room. Our tree is a 6-foot artificial white tree (I purchased at Wal-Mart 3 years ago), you can find a similar one here. We have allergies, so real trees aren't an option. The Moravian star tree topper gives the tree a little extra height, and I used two spools of this grey with gold ribbon to fill in some gaps. I also really like the galvanized metal tree collar at the base of our tree (purchased at Homegoods last year, similar here).
I added new stockings this year. They were a splurge (I usually buy things on after-Christmas clearance) but I really love the knit look with pom-poms, and how they tie in the tree in with the living room colors.
I purchased the "Peace On Earth" metal garland on clearance last year at Target, and it somehow magically hooked to the existing nails I have on either side of our canvas world map. I love when little things like that work out.
Christmastime is the perfect time to display vintage decor. The angel chimes I found at an antique store in Wisconsin several years ago, and the ceramic bases with red candles were gifted to use by my grandparents a few years ago.
On our coffee table in the living room I used a thrifted vintage brass bowl to hold a few favorite ornaments mixed with pinecones (mixing pinecones with ornaments is a wonderful way to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas!) The candlesticks are out year round, and were neutral enough to leave out during the holidays.
Moving on to our entryway in our home. On our grey console (that hides school papers I need to sort through) I added a few modern wood trees from Target ($3 in the dollar section), along with the birch & glitter cloches I made last month.
I also placed our nativity set on the console because I love when my kids interact and play with the pieces. It is a wonderful, visual and tactile way to children to learn about the story of Christ born on earth. When I was a child my Aunt gave me a Fontanini piece each year. It is one of my favorite Christmas things to display each year.
And last but not least, I am sharing a quick peak into my office. I purchased an inexpensive 6 foot tree from Wal-Mart last year for our kids to display all of their ornaments. Our kids can add whatever the want to their tree (colored lights and all), and it frees me up to decorate our white tree in a more minimal way with ornaments I created (like these cinnamon stick ornaments and salt dough ornaments).
In summary? I don't have the most Christmas decor on the block, or the biggest budget. But what I share in my home has purpose and brings joy to my heart. I hope this holiday season you display the Christmas things you love.
And with that in mind...do you have Christmas decor pieces you: A: don't like, B: can't remember who gave it to you, and/or C: no one in your family cares about it? If you answered yes, you should feel free to regift or donate to someone who will enjoy it.
When do you decorate for Christmas? This is the earliest I've ever decorated, but honestly I love not feeling rushed to finish and with the days shorter and colder...its lovely to look at a sparkly tree in the evenings after our kids go to sleep.