I can't believe I got my Christmas decor out before December! I'm ahead of the game this year, even though I'm just now getting around to sharing it on here. :)
I only put up one tree this year, instead of four and it feels so good to simplify! In fact, I didn't even put up the one tree, the boys did it all while I sipped coffee and watched. ;)
I went very minimal in the kitchen. One little wreath, some ribbon on my canisters, a cute little mug with candy canes and a snowman plate.
I kinda think my red mixer and greenery ball count too...
Same thing in the dining room. Very minimal with a dough bowl filled with ornaments and our lighted houses.
I even tried to get away with not putting out these houses, but my kids complained. It only took me 17 minutes though. Yes...I timed myself. Lol!
I finally learned to use matte or sparkly ornaments so my reflection doesn't show in the pics.
I spy Holly eating a snack. :)
I even skipped putting wreaths on the backs of my chairs this year.
I finally gave in and bought one of these cute snowbirds at Target...
This christmas tree with the jingle bells usually resides on an end table, but...#kitten.
The "It's the most wonderful time of the year" sign is still a favorite of mine. Y'all probably remember it was a gift bag from the dollar spot. I just cut off the front and taped it on top of the glass in a frame.
Holly trying to decide if her vertical leap is going to be big enough to reach the top of the armoire. Spoiler alert...it wasn't.
And here she is investigating the shelves. I thought about retaking these pics, but I think it's kind of funny how Holly photo bombed so many. :)
I took these pics before I made my DIY Christmas Tree Collar.
Again with Holly trying to get inside the armoire. Wasn't there a similar pic of her doing this in my fall decor post? Those doors are usually open because our tv is in there. I guess when they're closed, she gets curious and wants to know why.
And now Finn wants in on the action...
This is our family tree, the only one I put up this year. It's not fancy, but it's filled with all the ornaments my boys made when they were little, so it holds sentimental value. Although...I do think I need to add some bows next year. I'll look for some at the after Christmas sales. This tree also holds all our yearly ornaments. We use clear plastic ornaments and fill them with something significant that happened that year. We've been doing this for 27 years, since we got married. Some years represent vacations, new pets, new houses, etc. Last year was Dylan's College Graduation and his New Truck .
There's a pic of his truck on the other side.
As you can see above, some years we could only find the clear ornaments with holes in them for potpourri. When we do find the ones below (without holes) we stock up. These ornaments come apart so you can fill them. I usually put a little batting inside to hold the things in place. Then I snap it back together and tie a ribbon through the hole for hanging and write the year on top with a paint pen. I bought a ton of that ribbon so they'd all match through the years.
On the other side, there's a pic from his graduation and another one of Finn.
I spy a little sleepy Finn under the tree...
One more of baby Finn...
Do y'all like how I hide the cat tree behind the couch? I bet you didn't even know that was there. I'm sneaky like that. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you all a very merry holiday season!