Growing up, every space in our home was decked out for Christmas. Trees, garland, & Christmas lights filled nearly every room in our house. My favorite part were the snowflakes my father hung from the kitchen ceiling. My parents did a great job making Christmas a magical time for my sister & I. My mother is a Christmas decorating genius, & her home & trees are always so beautifully decorated.
Sadly, I do not possess this quality. I think it all stems from my frugality when it comes to purchasing Christmas décor. I would rather spend my money on decorations I can use all through the year, rather than just one month. Every year, I think I will stock up after Christmas, but I never do.
It’s because of this, I have developed a “less is more” approach to Christmas decorating.
I adorn the mailbox with a small piece of greenery, throw some clear lights in the bushes, & place a DIY wreath on the door, giving the exterior some understated elegance.
Or at least that’s what I tell myself!
Inside, garland adorns the stair railings, along with clear lights & simple white bows.
I moved our nativity from the entry table this year, & replaced it with a bowl of small ornaments.
Around the house, ornaments are hung from coat hooks, drawer handles, & even light fixtures.
More ornaments used as tabletop décor in the living room…
and morning room.
I placed the nativity set on our new mirrored console, where we can see it more often.
A bowl of ornaments adds a little sparkle to the top of the console.
The mantel is pretty much the same as last year.
Here is a picture of our tree. The kids fill it up with their homemade ornaments & I added what few ball ornaments were left after spreading them throughout the house.
I’m not going to pretend that I try to make it look good! It doesn't even have a tree skirt! How do you skirt a live tree that needs water every day? I’m stumped! (I wasn't even trying to be punny!)
You won’t find any beautifully wrapped packages under my tree either. I tend to have a “less is more” approach with those too! Simply wrapped with the recipients name penned in Sharpie right on the paper! I don’t see the point in taking the time to adorn a package that is just going to get ripped to shreds in a matter of ten seconds. Well, I guess it would be worth it if I could use them as décor leading up to Christmas, but I’m pretty sure a certain two-year-old would not let that happen!
So, that’s a wrap! Do you go all out for Christmas decorating or do you also choose a simpler approach? Where do you stash all the presents? Do you keep them beautifully displayed under your tree or hide them in your closet under a bunch of blankets like me? (Shhh…don’t tell my kids!)
Linking to the 12 Days of Christmas Home Tours