Have you begun your home’s transformation into Christmas yet? Is yours a family affair or a solo job with carols blasting in the background? Does your family have a specific date that they always decorate (like the day after Thanksgiving perhaps?)
For our family, I do like to start almost as soon as the turkey has been cleared from the table. I gather the Fall decorations (and any other every day accessories that will get in the way of the seasonal stuff) to go up to the attic and enlist as much help as I can find to bring down the Christmas paraphernalia. My challenge each year is the same. I want to use my decorations in a different way each time, even if the difference is subtle. So the mantles get cleared completely and often I will sit and stare a while. Then some of my favorites will audition for the coveted mantle spot. And eventually, I land upon something that makes me get in the holiday spirit.
A few things keep their home year after year. Our tree is always in the same spot, and the decorations are the same; each of my daughters has one for each year + one family ornament per year. Now that they are nearly adults, the tree is pretty full. These ornaments will go with them when they have their own trees. That will make me a little sad, but will also give me the opportunity to do themed trees since I will have very few ornaments left!
Some of my favorite things are garland that adorns the mantles, the railings of the stairs and porch and my collection of Santas. Before I had accumulated waaay too much stuff, I loved to frequent the after Christmas sales for bargains, one of which was almost always a Santa! I also have a ton of durable gold, bronze and red Christmas balls that can really go anywhere; a big bowl, some graduated vases, among the garland…they’re so versatile. I love the glass ones, but those have proven to be a bad choice for the Craig household, so those have been donated to some more careful people! But my most favorite thing is the Christmas tree that lives above our front door for the season. When we were newly married, we used to go to a friend’s Christmas party in New England and they always put a tree in the window above their front door. When we were building our home and I saw that we had a similar ledge, I just knew I needed a tree there. And so, much to the dismay of my husband, each year he must climb a ladder with a 7′ tree in hand to make his wife happy. I am very lucky he is so agreeable!
This year I accomplished very little the day after Turkey day. In fact, I accomplished only one silly thing. While watching college football, I googled how to fold napkins into Christmas trees and set the dining room table with my creations. Embarrassing. 1 day. 8 napkins.
But I was happy enough with how cute they were that I got right to work the next day. It will take a few days to get everything the way I like it and to get the outside decor and lights done, but then all that will be left will be our tree. I refuse to decorate without both my girls here, so I will wait for my daughter to get home for her Christmas break and we will decorate it as a family.
So I hope you enjoy a few pictures from the decor thus far! And I hope you will share some of YOUR favorites! We can all inspire each other! Here are a few Christmas pins to inspire you!
I think I will end with a shout out to my Dad, who lit up our BACK yard last year with the sweetest tree of lights!
Have a beautiful day! ~Alyson