For the first year ever we had our tree up before Thanksgiving this year. I have mixed feelings about it...mostly guilt that Thanksgiving/fall didn't get its share of the spotlight this year. But, on the flip side, relief that I didn't have all the decorating to deal with the week after Thanksgiving. It's been nice to just sit and enjoy the tree :)
I don't have extravagant holiday decorations and could never begin to rival some of the videos I've watched on YouTube recently...But, I do have some pics to share with you all. I've been blogging for almost 2 years now and I'm not normally nervous about posting pictures but for some reason this year I feel a slight trepidation at the idea and I'm pretty sure it's because of those videos I mentioned lol. I have to be honest, I had some serious envy while watching some of them. The Christmas displays in some people's homes is absolutely incredible and if you have a few hours to get sucked in then I suggest going to YouTube and just typing in Christmas home tour and prepare to be enthralled.
But, while I did feel a little envious, I would never want to imply that I'm not happy and content with my own personal slice of "Santa Land". Those of you who read last year's post won't see a huge change in my Christmas decorations as I'm excessively sentimental and I enjoy a traditional slant when decorating...especially with my tree. I wish I had the space to have lots of different themed trees because I think that would be amazing. But, I have my tralace and space is, of course, limited. So, my tree is always a hodge podge of decorations...some just because I love them and some because they hold sentimental value in my heart.
And, hey, even if you saw everything last year, take a look--I might have some things arranged differently, ya just never know ;)
|This picture was taken at the front door|
|And this one was taken from just in the kitchen|
beside the dishwasher
|The entry table with the garland...And it's so|
much prettier in person. It's just really difficult to get
good photos of Christmas lights.
|more close up view of the garland. You might notice|
the snowflakes from my trip to Dollar Tree AND I changed out
the ribbon for this year :)
|Another view of the table|
|This poor table tree has taken a beating this year already.|
Our grandson has pulled all the balls off more than once.
I put them back but it's just not the same as it was when
it was fresh.
|The wreath that I made a couple of years ago.|
I have it hanging on the inside of the front door so that
I can enjoy it as well as keep it protected from the weather.
|Glittered tree on the end table beside the couch|
|My beautiful "Mrs. Claus"...we actually|
picked her up at an auction several years ago and
I love her. My kids say she's "creepy" and don't like
when I plug her in. I say they're silly willies lol.
|Mrs. Claus again along with my Santa in his sleigh|
which we also picked up that same auction. I think
at one time he probably had some reindeer but all I got
was the Santa in the sleigh. I got him for a great price though
and I love him!
|Frosty and friends as well as a small unlighted tree.|
|Top of the fireplace|
|Quick view of our tree (also starting to look slightly|
haggard due to little hands that like to rearrange and remove things.
|This little beauty is about 2 ft tall and this is on|
the kitchen table. I chose not to add lights because I
had no way to plug them in without having a cord running
across the table and I didn't like the idea of that but I
love it regardless.
|Some scattered Christmas touches in the kitchen too :)|
|Notice the "Joy" sign on the far wall of the kitchen--that's|
from my Dollar Tree trip.
|Hey, I never claimed to be an artist LOL.|
|I absolutely love this giant stocking I got from Ross|
several years ago. The kids aren't crazy about it and
use to really make fun of it but I don't care because I love it
and that's what really matters, right?