It snowed this weekend here in northeastern Ohio, and between the snow and all our holiday decorations, it is starting to feel very festive and cozy! Last year, we had Beatrice one week before Thanksgiving and I just didn’t feel up to decorating when the time came. Mike and the boys still put up the tree, of course, but the rest of our decorations stayed in boxes in our attic. I was ok with that. Every season is different. If there is one thing motherhood has taught me, it’s to not be too tied to an idea. Things tend to come in waves, and even if you have to let go of a few good things for a season, you tend to circle back to them eventually.
We still kept things relatively simple this year. We try to strike a balance between being authentic/realistic about this stage of parenthood, while still creating a warm and welcoming environment for the rest of us :-). My friend Whitney, who blogs over at Come Home For Comfort, did a video tour of her Christmas decor. Take some time to click over to her page and see her sweet home and style. (She also did a fun video where she shared what she put in her husband’s stocking!) Whitney inspired me to share a sneak peak of my home. Take a look!
Our tree only has lights and candy canes on it this year, since our kids are a little *ahem* hands on at this stage. I actually love the simplicity of it, though. The basket under the tree contains all the wrapped books for our 24 days of Christmas reading.
I bought a bag of odd and ends fresh greenery from our local arboretum and have enjoyed spreading it around our home. I placed a white sheet on the table along with some of the fresh cut pine, two votives, and several birch cutting from our back yard. I kept the centerpiece loose and untied, so that it would be easy to put back together in case little hands got into it. I find a white, flat sheet adds a softer, more casual look than a white table cloth. Plus, I’m a little more laid back about the kids getting it messy. I do roll it back on the side, though, when the kids sit down to dinner. 😉
The holly berries were included in my greenery grab back – aren’t they beautiful? I purchased the poinsettia from a local charity. Our Willow Tree nativity set was a wedding present and I thought I’d just mention that, on reflection, it is probably my most treasured wedding gift. Not only is it a beautiful set, but it’s something I never would have thought to ask for and we probably would have gone without had it not been gifted to us that first year.
Our Advent calendar, hung on our chalkboard wall. (That post, here.)
I take the opportunity to string Christmas lights anywhere and everywhere this time of year. I love the soft glow of twinkly lights on my babies!
More magical twinkly lights! I arranged some of my fresh greenery into a small swag to hang above the sink.
A closer look at my DIY swag. l loved that one of the branches still had tiny pinecones on it!