Decorating for Christmas was always a VERY big deal growing up. At my parents house- it still is- it's a multi day process for Mom- and the whole house gets transformed- outside and in!
At our house- the decorations are pretty much consolidated into one main room- the living room- where the tree is. I like to keep it pretty simple- not too much "stuff"- although, I'm partial to reindeer if I had to choose (as opposed to Santa's, snowmen, elfs, etc.)
Here a couple shots of my favorites this year.
Here' s the mantel- I just left up everything that was already there (a mirror from our honeymoon, 2 framed prints, a watercolor) and added some pretty trees that my Mom got me, the little wooden Santa (missing a beard)- it was my great-grandmothers (another Christmas decor-junkie:), our reindeer stocking hangers, and a little green garland.
Here is our monstrous tree- it seemed a lot smaller in the field- I swear!
We have a WHOLE lot of ornaments- so its good we got a big tree I guess!
As children we each got an annual ornament from our parents- so I have 30 years worth- plus I inherited a lot from Geepee (Great Grandmother), and other random ones we've gotten through the years.
I have many favorites that remind me of various trips, events, people, animals, etc.
But, I must say- my all time favorites are my bride ornaments. They were a wedding gift (almost 7 years ago now- geeeesh)- from my Auntie Dar. Christmas ornaments as a gift in a May wedding may seem strange- but not in my family! I LOVE each one. They are blown glass, and just beautiful! (hung on the top half of the tree of course;) to avoid big baby boy hands!
What I like so much about them is that each ornament is a symbol- that represents various attributes- little reminders that make me reflect each year as I hang them on the tree.
So special- thank you Auntie!
I searched on line- and found them at this website (although they are on back order). They'd be a great gift for a bride to be- or one that recently got married!
And last but not least- I did let a little Christmas spill out onto the front door. I have dreams of doing some festively lit bushes or something fancy on the columns framing the door- but the landscaping in the front needs too much help- I will not be motivated to decorate much more than the door until that happens:) here's the super-low-budget swag I rigged up:
Trimmings from our Christmas tree
2 gold tree ornaments
1 large bow (salvaged off a gift box years ago!)
I wired the branches together making a little loop in the back to hang it up- attached the accessories with more wire- and hung it on the door. Its not my ideal Christmas door decoration- but it took 10 minutes...and it works!
Have a great weekend!!!