During this time of year, everyone seems to be posting their holiday home tours, so I figured I'd share mine with you. I normally do minimal decorating, as we usually leave town for Christmas.
This year we have my family coming to us, to celebrate the holiday, and a "Christmas Craft Party" with my gals this weekend...so I had to do it right this year.
This of course meant shopping, which I'm a big fan of. Believe it or not, I pre-planned for this! Yay me! I bought before Thanksgiving even...If you don't know me yet, that's a big deal. I don't like to mix my holidays. I even have my Christmas cards sent out already. Writing a blog helps keep me on track I think too, despite my complete lack of time.
I love decorating for Christmas, I love pops of red, and greenery is the best decorating accessory. My house feels so warm and lived in this time of year, it's tempting to keep it up longer than I should.
Although it doesn't get super cold here in south Texas, we do light up our fire a coupe times a week, for ambiance, and lately, warmth.
So here it is, my home for the holidays.
Every year, I'm tempted to buy pillows to change out during the season, and this year I finally did it. I found these super cute ones at Target, and the go perfectly with my color scheme.
My small white bottle brush collection, works great with cute little Santa. The kids tell him what they want every couple of days, just in case he can hear them. All sit cozy, in my red tray from Target.
Our fireplace mantel is usually dolled up with stockings, and glittery trees. This year I opted for simple. I love all the greenery, and wanted that to be the main focus.
I left our mirror, but added a couple of sprays of pine branches. Adding the chevron burlap ribbon, brings in the more relaxed version, of the holidays I was going for this year.
The red candle holders were a find at Ikea. I loved the lace pattern, they had several styles of these in whites and reds.
We have a gas firplace, and have no need for wood, so i figured, we mind as well make the wood look good. I found a couple sets of these birch logs at Micheal's. I think it's something that can stay out most of the year.
The crock was something I had been searching out. On a trip last spring, to Round Top with my parents, my mom spotted this beauty.
Filling lanterns with pine cones, berry's, or garland, is a great way to bring the holidays in, with out changing out all the decor. And of course, add birds whenever possible :)
We still have our tree from our last house. We didn't have a large space to put one in our living room area there, and decided on a tall and skinny tree. While that worked great for that house, it doesn't for this one. It looked so sad and lonely last year, and we had planned on getting a new one. But space still seems to be an issue here, we didn't want something sticking out so far you couldn't get around it, and I didn't want it in another room where you couldn't enjoy it. I love the look of this fake tree too, some of the branches look a little fuzzy and and have little pine cones tucked around. "Next year", I keep telling myself...we'll see?
Our tree skirt is very special, my mom hand sewed this for us a couple of years ago. It is full of felt designs, of Santa, reindeer, presents, snowmen, angels, and all things Christmas. In the next week or so, it will be covered by mounds of presents, as the family's packages start rolling in.
Decorating the tree in my family holds alot of tradition. Every year we would all get together to hang ornaments, and watch "White Christmas". We've been doing this for as long as I can remember. I think I know every word by heart now, and used to dance around with my sister singing all the songs. It was one of my parents favorite movies.
I love that my daughter loves this tradition too. I'm glad she appreciates the old movies, the way we did.
And any excuse for her to sing, she loves!
We never do a themed tree. We have such a conglomerate of ornaments, dating back from the years we were born. I love them all, we talk about where they came from, or whose they were, and the kids always pick out their favorites to hang. I couldn't even put them all on this year, which helps my case for getting a bigger tree for next year.
This year, all the kids were old enough to get in on hanging ornaments. It took alot of patience, and a good bit of sorting
If she holds the tongue just right....
I love this picture of Kiera, she was so enamored by the tree.
Next to the tree was a large open wall, in need of a way to hang Christmas cards. I have 4 old shutters a friend had given me, and I knew they were perfect for the job.
I attached eyelet screws to the tops, and bottoms, of both shutters. Using dry wall anchors, and screws, I mounted them to the wall.
Since this photo, I have hung Christmas cards in the rungs of the shutter.
Make sure you hang the shutters, so the cards will slide in the right way.
Years ago, my aunt Leslie (check out her blog here), sent me a great advent calendar to do with my eldest daughter. She included a Playmobil nativity scene, and different projects, and verses, to do with the kids, to learn about the real meaning of Christmas.
When it was just Ashlyn, I had little goodies, and a fun project, in each of 25 days.
As the family has grown, and time has become a commodity, I have downsized to 12 days.
In each bag, I put pieces of the nativity scene, a bible verse, or something to talk about at dinner, and a candy cane, that they can share. On the weekends days, there are projects we can do together, like building a gingerbread house, making snowflakes, cookies, and popcorn garland. They don't take alot of time, but get the kids to understand what the season is really about.
This year when I brought out the nativity pieces, my son was so excited, "to do the God thing", he said. He remembered what it was for, and what it was about. They are all looking forward to starting it this Saturday.
I spiced up my wood tray collection with little Christmas goodies.
The kitchen, already has the pops of red, with the island and decor (see it all here), so it only needed a couple things.
Two burlap wrapped pine trees, sit on either side of the window, along with a couple of may favorite, vintage glittered ornaments.
The shade I made over the summer, needed some sprucing up. I love the burlap ribbon, and used that to draw up the shade. I plan on keeping this up after Christmas.
I added a couple pine cones to the bottom of each side.
Kitchen table decor is hard to do at my house, the kids love to touch everything.
So I had to keep it small this time, away from meddling hands. I found this fabulous little guy, while visiting my sister, at Legacy Home Accents in Fredericksburg VA.
I put him on a cake plate with some branches, pine cones and berries.
Since the dining room will be where we spend most of our meals at, this holiday, I kept it simple.
The dining room had a book theme, with the walls being plastered with book pages ( the how-to, coming in January) , so I tried to keep the vintage books in the room. I used them to display my Creche. I mentioned before, how this was a pre-molded set, that my grandmother, and great-grandmother hand painted. I love all the detail put into these pieces. This was my part of Christmas to set up, when we were kids.
My grandmother Tutu, passed away this past January, but having this in the center of the table, will keep her with us this holiday.
Christmas Poppers, another yearly tradition. They have silly toys, jokes and paper hats in them. We open them before Christmas dinner, and wear the hats all meal long.
I kept all the decor from the room, and stacked it in the corner, adding some greenery to the lanterns.
As children, me and my sister were given pieces to a holiday scene every year. I have tons of houses, and lots of pieces to go with it. I don't have the room to display the whole thing, but I put out what I could, on the entryway table. The kids love playing with the snow, and checking out the whole scene.
Well that's all for my house, I don't have the patience to take the decorations up stairs, just one more thing I'll have to clean up.
I hope you get to spend time with family, and loved ones this holiday season.
We will be missing my sister, her husband, and their sweet new baby this year. My other grandmother, Nana, who has spent every Christmas with us since I was a young girl, will sadly not be joining us this year either. But I am thankful for those who will be here, and feel so blessed by those in my life!
Thanks to C & C Paperie for making my cute card!