"I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams..."
I know Christmas is over, but I wanted to document my decorations from 2016 before we take it on down on New Year's Day.
I love Christmas, just like everyone else, but I'm especially sad to take it all down this year. The lights, the colors, and the fullness of our home really makes me happy. I love how warm everything seems... How cozy. This year has been full of exciting things, happy things, hard things and sad things... I'm thankful Christmas is at the end of the year so I can end it full of the peace and joy only Christmas can bring.
I have never put pressure on myself to buy a ton of Christmas decorations all at once... I have slowly built my collection through the years. I have gone from one container of ornaments and a few holiday votive candle holders, to now being able to fill several rooms in our home with Christmas cheer. It's not going in Southern Living any time soon, but I'm pretty proud of our house and how hard we've worked to make it our home : )
The best Bath & Body Works holiday candle: Spiced Gingerbread
We had the prettiest tree ever this year. We drove all the way to North Carolina to pick this one out with B's family! It was well worth the trip.
I love my Willow Tree Nativity...
That picture is one of my favorites of us; It's from our first married Christmas!
***The third stocking is not a baby announcement. Maxx is just special enough to have a Pottery Barn stocking, too : )
Oh, and if you wanted to see how I made that Burlap Garland on the mantel, check out my post here!
When we moved into our house, we decided to leave the cabinet doors above the oven off. I use this space to house my cookbooks, but also to bring a little seasonal decor into our house...
All things gingerbread... I love these little guys and gals!
The Dining Room:
My obsession with my Christmas china goes deep. Sadly, I haven't had a dining room table to set it out on since we got married.
This table was my parents', and I'm so grateful to have it in my home now. I was determined to have it set with my Christmas dishes, and I'm so proud of how it turned out! Shout out to my Ginnie and my mother for helping me!
Christmas 2016 was really great, and I'm sad to see it go. I would honestly leave the decorations up all through winter if my husband would let me... Hopefully next year I will make even more additions to my decor stock pile!
I have been wanting to do some Christmas crafting lately, but never seem to have the time. Everything either seemed like it will take too long or will cost too much money.. Or I think it will earn me a spot on PinterestFails.com... So, when I saw this on Facebook, I thought it looked so cute! I needed some life on my mantel and thought this would the perfect addition. It also had minimal necessary supplies, so I thought it wouldn't be too hard.... (#famouslastwords)
- 1 strand of Christmas lights (I got the 13.5-foot 50 LED warm white lights from WalMart.)
- Red & green burlap (You could use any color. Even traditional brown would look cute!)
The first thing you'll need to do is cut the burlap into strips. I cut mine into 1 1/2-inch strips, but you can do thinner or thicker pieces according to the look you want to achieve.
I'm not going to lie to y'all. The next part was the worst. Tying the strips onto the wire was very time consuming and my hands were getting sore toward the end. I took several breaks, but it took over an hour to complete. *** DISCLAIMER: I act like I'm crafty but I'm not so I could just be complaining about something you Craft Queens wouldn't bat an eye at... bear with me : ) ***
Once we were finished, I was really happy! I really loved the way it turned out. I had a strand of lights on the mantel before, but with the burlap, it really adds some more life and quite frankly, more Christmas cheer... And I'll take as much as I can get!