5 things I love during the Christmas season, family, classic plaid decor, hot cocoa (preferably on tap), Santas (lots and lots of Santas), and dogs in sweaters. I’m happy to tell you that in this house we have all those covered.
Today I’m sharing some of our classic family Christmas decorations and the memories behind them that are near and dear to my heart as part of a “Christmas Home Tour” with 26 great bloggers. (links below)
Red & White Classic Christmas Tree
Normally my family gives me free reign in the house to decorate and change things up however I like but when it comes to Christmas they prefer some things not change. One of those things is our family Christmas tree.
It wasn’t all that long ago that I was a single mom and starting over with a bare tree.
I really wanted to bring a smile to the faces of my little family and even thought I didn’t have two nickels to rub together, I set out to make or find decorations that would make Christmas feel special to us.
That first year as a single mom I sewed the classic red velvet tree skirt under our tree and glued peppermints together to make a Christmas tree garland. I’ll never forget that project because I think I ate just as many candies as I glued together. It was a delicious project; I highly recommend it.
Another easy project was my solution for a cheap tree topper. I found some whimsical picks from the craft store and simply stuffed them at the top of the tree. It’s wacky but it makes us grin.
last year I changed the candy canes to match the tree ribbon and added lights. The best part is the lights are super bright and on a remote. I now can send a SOS signal through my Christmas tree to my back yard neighbor when we run out of hot cocoa. I probably should just text her like I normally do but now I have options!
To inexpensively fill the tree with ornaments, I bought lots of plain balls on sale and a few Santas that I found on clearance.
After that first year I made a point to scoop up all the end of season clearance (80% and 90% off) classic glass ornaments I could find.
The second year the tree was full and by the third year we’d collected more ornaments then the tree could hold.
It’s been fun to seek out these old fashioned ornaments and even through the tree is full we can’t help but add one or two new ones each year.
The tree has become special to us and even though I may be ready for a new theme my family is not.
Red and White Plaid Christmas Mantle
For our fireplace mantle I add easy Christmas décor items like the plaid ribbon to tie in with the tree.
You can find instruction’s for the pom pom winter garland (here).
During the holiday season we’re often sitting on the floor watching Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate with a dog or two curled up next to us. The fire place creates a cozy spot but make sure you grab a fresh cup, our little dog is a licker extraordinaire.
Another thing I like about the mantle décor is it easily transitions into a winter mantle when the Christmas is over.
Special Christmas Family Memories
One more sentimental spot that holds special Christmas memories is our piano but not because we play it.
3 years ago in December, my husband and I married right here in our family room standing in front of this piano. The deer were next to our wedding cake so I enjoy pulling them out at Christmas and finding a spot for them.
As far as the rest of the house, we’re still in the midst decorating. I have a few more spaces to share with you like this new snowy dining room I’m working on. I’ll be posting this at the end of the week so come back because I am pretty excited with how it’s turning out.
Till then, you can check out what some of the homes of these other great bloggers by clicking on the links below.
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