However, my Christmas decor isn’t fantastic or coordinated. There isn’t something Christmasy in every room either. Basically, it’s an eclectic bunch of things we’ve accumulated over the years. All smushed together and happy. For us, that works.
First up, our tree.
Our tree doesn’t have a theme. The ornaments don’t match and I’m sure it wouldn’t make the cover of any home decor magazine…..but that’s what we LOVE about it.
We finally decided to go with a fake tree last year. Lights included. Saves time and well….call me lazy but I loath putting lights on a tree.
The tree is a once a year representation of who we are, the changes we’ve gone through and the things we love. The story of us, holiday style.
Call me sentimental, but I just love a good story behind an ornament. Somehow those big boxes of matchy matchy sets don’t do it for me. But a corny ornament given by a family member or friend? Now that’s my kind of holiday decor. They just take me back every year.
Like this one.
My mom gave me this funny little pregnant snowman (lady) when I was pregnant with my first son. She’s complete with her ice cream cone that’s topped with pickle. Made me laugh when I really needed it. Still does.
Or this one.
Another holiday classic.
I’m “FRA – Gee – Lay”!
Then there’s this one.
Among these special ornaments, we have your standard red and silver glass balls, red beads and other odds and ends. I may add some wide wired ribbon next year instead of the beads. They’re a little tired….yawn.
As for the rest of the house…
I dressed our console/family picture table that’s in our living room room a little this year. Those apothecary jars are such a great addition to any table. You can change them out for each season or holiday and I love that. For fall, I had it stuffed with acorns and gourds.
This year I made use of our Hydrangea blooms that dried in the fall. Check out my recent post for me more details.
I added some glass ornaments that I also purchased after Christmas. (50 cents for a 20 pack - Woo hoo!)
Our stockings are nothing to write home about, but somehow still hold little goodies for all on Christmas morning. I’m working on finding a hot deal online after Christmas this year.
We also have some fun holiday traditions that are just for the kids. Ok. Ok….we love them too.
Here’s our treat plate that we leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. It was a really sweet gift from my mother-in-law a few years ago. And Santa (aka, my hubby) truly enjoys what’s left for him each year.
Also pictured, a few copies of The Night Before Christmas, that we read on Christmas Eve before putting the kids to bed.
Actually my husband has the most fun with this one. He hangs the elf from all kinds of places each morning and waits to see the kids’ reactions. We’re so mean!
Oh and we do have some great outdoor decorations too…but it was like 10 degrees here the day I was taking pictures and you’ll have to just believe that its great….fabulous….perfect. (NOT!)
Well, there you have it. My holiday home. Simple, quirky and never ever perfect. Just the way it should be!
Also, check out the Tree Party at Thrifty Decor Chick!