Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Tour

Hello my dear friends! 
It is hard to believe that Christmas came and went. It seems like it was so much work, so much to do, so much to prepare and get ready for and it all happened in the blink of an eye! I feel like the whole month of December I was running around like a chicken without a head!! :)
I did took all my Christmas decorations down today, except the tree. We'll enjoy that for a few more days. 
Before everything came down I took some pictures to show you. 
I do have tubs and tubs of Christmas decorations, that by the way, were all cleaned out today and half of them went to Savers. Savers is a thrift store in my town where I donate all my unwanted items, and where I shop for other people unwanted treasures! and at the same time I am helping the Epileptic foundation. 
This year like last year, I used less Christmas decorations and more natural elements found in my yard. Such as evergreens and pine cones. 
So why keep so many things that haven't being out of the basement for years, right? that's my goal for the new year, out with the old, unused and unwanted stuff. My plan is to slowly by surely weed thru every closet, cabinet and drawer until I just have what I use and like and the rest can be donated.
Alright, I am loosing track here... without further adieu, like my buddy Chip says (I love Chip and Jojo, from Fixer Upper) let me show you my Christmas decor!! 

The first thing that went up, was the Christmas Tree. We put it up the weekend right after Thanksgiving!
I know it is very trendy the white or soft colors Christmas decor, but nothing says Christmas to me like red and green. So this year I went with red and green, vibrant and  cheerful!
I love trees decorated with a theme, but I have too many sentimental ornament to do that. I like to use all the ornaments that  tell a story or have sentimental value like the ones my little ones make in school. Last year I had a couple extra trees, one in my dining room and one in my kitchen and they were theme decorated, but this year I didn't have all that energy!!

So there you have it, jam packed with all sort of mis-matched ornaments! :)

To add a festive touch to the bottom of the tree, I like to wrap empty boxes like gifts!

The whole family gets involved and we all decorate the tree together. There for it looks like everything is being thrown at it, specially the bottom of the tree, where the little ones can easily reach!! ;) But oh I love it so much and wouldn't change it for the prettiest tree in the whole world!! :)

These are some of my favorites, like this Santa made out of my daughter's hand print on her first year of preschool. 

My husband's aunt gave us a beautiful Christmas present hand made by herself. We just loved it so much. It was the inspiration and focal point for the fire place decoration. 

Then I layered a garland made out of cut evergreens from my yard, with gold sprayed painted pine cones and gold ornaments. with some Christmas candles. 

More pine cones and greenery add a Christmas touch to the antique desk. And the red blanket and festive pillow add a splash of color. 

At the entrance of my home I like to display a beautiful nativity set hand painted by my mom. 

Every year I hang the stockings from the fire place. This year I tried something new and I hang them from the stairs. I made the garland over the railing again, from cut evergreens around the yard and I added some ornaments, pine cones and ribbon for extra texture and color. My oldest son didn't like this idea. He was concerned that Santa will not find the stockings there, so we move them to the fire place on Christmas Eve! 

A fun touch in the kitchen window sill!!

A simple small tree and some pine cones add a festive touch to the powder room.

This is a divine room spray that a friend of mine made. 

Wow, this ended up being a pretty long post! So I am going to save the upstairs for tomorrow! 
Thank you for visiting!!

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