2015 Christmas Tour

I’m not one who really gets into Christmas every year. I’m not a fan of red and green and lots of Santas, and I really don’t even like Christmas songs, (I know, I’m a horrible human being), but this year I was bored and about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving (!) I put up all our holiday decorations.

Target really killed it this year with all the metallic holiday d├ęcor, and adding in some of their hanging stars brought my own metallic game up a notch.

We’ll start in the dining room, which I think is my favorite decorated room in the house. I added some of the stars to the windows, basically because I bought them before I knew what I was going to do with them and it’s really the only place I could figure out how to hang them!

You can see the start of our holiday card collection along the window. I also added some fabric I’m going to use to make a pillow for the living room on the table, for the interim because I like it so much!

We used our older small tree that we bought while we were working on the kitchen. There was too much going on to fully decorate that year, but I had to have at least a tree – even if it is just a small one. I moved the plant that usually sits there to the living room and the lights gets plugged into a timer behind the curtain for a cute little nightlight every evening.

I added more stars in the living room, and from this view it doesn’t even look like Christmas decorations. I wonder if Mike will notice they don’t come down after the holidays are over, shhh!

I made some garland using wooden beads and simple cocktail straw geometric shapes. I think it needs more substance, so maybe next year I’ll add some greenery garland as well.

They were really easy to make, and I like to do some mindless crafting in front of the TV just to keep busy every once in a while.

Our front door got an old wreath passed down from my mom before they moved to Florida. We have enough to put one on every window, and while I love the look, I hate the scratchy noise when the wind blows, especially when I’m home alone!

I bought some black and white striped ribbon and made a quick bow to replace the red plastic ribbon that clashed with our door color.

Our fauxdenza got a little tree action as well.

This was the same set-up we had last year, but I never posted about it. I was able to get the same copper/gold ornaments and star set from Target for a few bucks right after Christmas when everything goes on sale, so I was able to fill it up more. Last year they didn’t have cute little tree skirts for these mini trees like they do now, so I grabbed a placemat and cut a hole in the center. The antlers are usually on the fauxdenza but it matched the little tree so I set in underneath for a second and I forgot to move it!

The lights are little LED with a battery pack which I placed underneath the placemat/tree skirt.

Our "real" tree, aka the one where the presents go, is in the family room in the basement. When we added the fauxdenza upstairs, it no longer fit in the space and we realized it would work better in the basement because we have more seating down there anyways.

We ended up getting a new LED pre-lit tree from Target, because we were tired of fixing the broken lights, every freaking year. At 7ft tall, it barely fits and doesn’t leave room for a star or topper, but I don’t care because I’m so excited to not have to deal with the lights anymore.

To make up for it I bought a bunch of the smaller paper stars from Target (I swear this isn’t sponsored I just shop there – often!). We haven’t wrapped any presents yet, I bought most of them this week so they should be arriving soon. Our mailman is going to get a big present this year getting all of our online orders to us!

We kept up our ornament tradition from a local artist, and this year we bought a eagle (we think it's actually a dove, but we're stretching here) to commemorate all our traveling we did this year.  They're getting harder and harder to find something with a direct symbolizism so we're working with what we had to choose from!

Our stockings get “hung on the fauxdenza with care”, which I’ve never shown the one down here before. I need to photograph this room once the decorations come down to update the home tour tab.

We keep the decorations pretty basic around here. Mike always hates the idea of decorating for the holidays, but as soon as they go up he comments that he appreciates that I get into it because he does like them and it gets us into the holiday spirit. Maybe I’ll even light some pine smelling candle or something and listen to some Christmas music on the 25th!