I'll be publishing the decorating piece of the "De-Stressing the Holidays" later today, in the meantime I thought I'd share with you some of my Christmas decorating.
As you can see, we're at a time in our life where I go fairly easy on the decorating. In a few years I may beef it up a notch but for right now this is what works for us and makes my Christmas fairly stress free.
I'm going to apologize for the picture quality as they aren't the best. I've been having problems with my camera and didn't realize how poorly these turned out until I uploaded them. When I get home this evening I'll try it again and hopefully the pictures will be better.
Welcome to our house. Outside I keep things pretty simple with an artificial tree and garland. I do buy a real wreath and boughs for the planter every year. I add bows to the light fixtures to tie my burgundy theme in across the front of the whole house. The wreath on the front door is made of sticks and berries that I re-use from year to year.
In our living room I keep things pretty simple too. The Nativity is kept on the piano along with a lantern and fake amaryllis. I have a live poinsettia as well as some snowmen scattered throughout the room.
This is our dining area where we keep our "company" tree. Before finishing our basement we would put up a large tree in the living room. However, it took away quite a bit of seating and made the living room cramped for parties. By moving our "family" tree downstairs and buying a skinnier tree I was able to move it to a less crowded area and buys decorations that match our decor. The burgundy/red theme carries pretty much all the way through our main floor.
Come on downstairs and I'll show you what I have going on down here. This is our family tree where we hang all the ornaments we've received over the years and the kids made when they were small. I've actually gone a little light on the ornaments this year due to time constraints. This is where we celebrate Christmas on Christmas morning.
This is our nod to "The Christmas Story", one of our favorite holiday movies. A few years ago for Christmas I splurged and bought my husband this lamp for one of his presents. We keep it up all year long downstairs in the family room, but on Christmas Eve I bring it upstairs right before we go to church. I move the couch out of the front window and replace it with the leg lamp. I then turn down the lights so that the leg lamp is shown in all of it's glory before being returned to it's regular place downstairs when we get home. We have a lot of fun with it and we get a ton of comments from people seeing it for the first time. There are also some Santa's and snowmen scattered throughout the room also.
How do you decorate for the holidays? Feel free to share a link to your decorating post in the comments.
I'll be linking this up over at The Nester
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