I’m a little late, but it’s finally beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house. I usually try to have my house fully decorated, or at least mostly decorated, before Thanksgiving. This year, I hosted Thanksgiving, which put me behind the 8-ball. But I’ve gotten caught up and I can’t wait to show you how I’ve decked my halls!
I’ve been working on my tree for a couple of years. Every year, I pick up a few things at after Christmas sales. After a couple of years of slowly adding things, I finally made the full transition to a neutral metallic tree.
One of my favorite additions are the big cardboard stars that I picked up from Target a few years back. I think these are supposed to be hung from the ceiling or in windows, but I like the statement they make on the tree.
More than the big stars, I love my collection of ornaments. Growing up, my mom bought us at least one Hallmark ornament per year. I’d wait until the catalog was released and pour over it until I found the most perfect ornament for that year.
My mom wanted us to have a collection of ornaments for our first tree when we moved out (OK, probably more like got married, but since that hasn’t happened, we’ll just go with “moved out”).
Now, my collection of Hallmark ornaments is more than 50 ornaments (some years I’d get more than one ornament). One of my favorite “collections” is a series of firetrucks. Each year, they have a different model fire truck. These would be perfect for a firefighter in your life!
Another part of my tree that I love are some vintage eastern European ornaments that my mom picked up at an estate sale when I was growing up. I love the uniqueness of these ornaments. The bucket with Champagne is one of my favorites!
All of my other decorations are also neutral metallics. I love creating small vignettes of trees throughout my house. I typically pick up any metallic Christmas decoration I find. I love shopping at Target, Home Goods, and TJ Maxx for cute and affordable Christmas decorations. I also scored these cute wooden signs in Target’s dollar spot section this year – how cute are they?! Can’t beat $3!
Finally, my other favorite part of decorating for Christmas is sprinkling some of my Grandma’s decorations around. She hand-painted these singing angels. How precious are they?! I also include some of the little village houses and buildings she collected on my bar cart.
Though this time of year always seems hectic and not long enough, I love taking the time to be home to enjoy the tree, watch Hallmark movies, and bake lots of different types of cookies.
What are your favorite ways to make the most of the Christmas season? Any fun traditions?