Traditionally, I have saved Christmas decorating for the weekend following Thanksgiving. It just felt wrong to start before the turkey was carved.
This year? I decided to break the rules and start a little early. Partly because Cowboy was gone hunting and I could have my little glitter explosion without his observing it and partly because I had the crazy good luck to inherit an insane amount of Christmas decor from a friend who was downsizing. I simply couldn’t wait to break into tubs of holiday treasures and deck the halls! And the fireplace, and the living the room, and my shelving, and every surface visible to man . . .
Because let’s be honest. Those of us who love decorating in general go completely ballistic when Christmas rolls around! It’s this giant excuse to rearrange, restyle, and get a huge fir flocking fix. And so, of course, I go completely nuts. This year we’ll have four Christmas trees (maybe five) and enough twinkle lights to stretch to Santa’s Workshop and back. Time to get my Christmas on!
The second tree that I finished yesterday is in our parlor. In my Christmas Past this six foot tree used to be our main tree and I previously had collected a lot of white and silver for it. I stuck to that theme in this room and really love how it turned out. The only thing I added was some wooden flowers to add some rustic flair so it would still fit into the overall style of our home.
Oh wait, back to the living room. I almost forgot! A really neat addition I picked up yesterday was this sweet antique chippy little black chair. I previously had a larger burlap style chair from Pier 1 Imports here but it was so solid it didn’t compliment the decor and family photos I was using this desk to display. I knew I wanted a wooden piece here and when I saw this little chair (for only $18!) I knew it was just perfect.
This desk is not functional, it is decorative. So I am not too concerned about anyone sitting on this and crashing to the floor! For it is a little rickety, which makes me wonder what its story is? I always imagine pieces like this made it here on a wagon train. Truly. I do.
The final room that I tackled this weekend was the dining room. I went with red holiday accents in this room as it goes so well with this black buffet. Originally, this piece was sage green back in the early 2000’s when that color was the rage. I painted it black about 5 years ago and just love it still.
Last but not least, check out that vintage beam in the corner. You know what that is? It is going to be our new . . . . mantel!!! After Christmas, Cowboy has some really amazing plans for above the fireplace. That mirror will be history and I cannot wait to show all of you when it is done!
And so, this completes my updates: trim and railing painting peek, fireplace project plans peek and a peek into my Christmas decorating so far (hey, the weekend isn’t over yet and I’ve got two, maybe three!, more trees to tackle.)
Next weekend I’ll showcase more of the trim painting project when it’s all done and I just might have to devote an entire blog entry JUST to the stairs. The transformation is amazing! I can’t believe how much that has changed the look of our home.
I’ll leave you with a few Christmas decorating design tips:
Christmas decorating can either be daunting or enjoyable. I always play Christmas music when I decorate and try to incorporate the kids. Although this year my teenagers were less than thrilled. One had her period and was super crabby and the other was working on a project for school and could not be bothered with this nonsense. Gone are the days of my making cocoa and telling stories attached to family ornaments while my kids don Santa hats and dance around to Bing Crosby! But that was fine by me – I just cranked up the music and enjoyed it. They did ooh and ahh when I was done and I know in their hearts they do appreciate the transformation and the cozy feel of Christmas. (They did confess this when I was done!)
I am super over the top when it comes to this crap. I confess. But you need not be – simple statements can make a big impact. More than anything, use the season to express your style and put out items that make you happy. Use the inherited items from Grandma, the colored lights, the old fashioned tinsel – who cares? If you love it then you use it. It is your home and there is no right or wrong way to decorate for Christmas in your home. Because the point of this is to acknowledge the birth of our Savior. And I am pretty sure that someone who was born in a stable isn’t going to care if your nod to Christmas is an elaborate theme or one single string of lights around a window. Whatever you do in your home to welcome in this joyful season know that it is more than enough.
On a final note, I want to share a picture from our Christmas photo shoot of me and my Cowboy. (Yes the kids were there but I don’t share photos of my children on my blog.) — If you’ve been reading my blog you may remember my post from last spring titled, “Rebuilding Us.” You see, our marriage almost didn’t make it and we separated last year. I am very very grateful for the love of Jesus Christ and the role He played in our reconciliation. Marriage is hard hard work and it involved a lot of patience, forgiveness and acceptance. Through prayer and faith we thankfully found our way back to each other.
And so here’s a little nod to my Cowboy and the life we are building together and what this new home represents – a beautiful miracle that I will always treasure . . . my family.
Love you, Matthew!
Peace, Joy and Blessings,
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.