I finally had a little time to photograph and edit my Christmas decorations, better late than never! The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for us, as I am sure they have been for most people. It has been so nice to slow down at night and sit on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa watching the lights twinkle!
We kept things very simple this year with our holiday decor. We are traveling quite a bit, and we have a toddler who is into absolutely everything. Instead of stressing to keep things safe from him and vice versa, I just modified everything for safety and also chose some fun elements especially for him.
I didn’t decorate my whole porch, but instead just hung a cheerful wreath. I found this stick wreath at HomeGoods and added these two red burlap poinsettias that I found at Target to help it show up better from the street. I plan to remove them and add something wintery to keep the wreath going through February.
As for the tree, we went with the extremely toddler friendly tabletop tree. I saw so many fun ideas for table trees, ones in paper bags, wooden crates and even ones that spin. Ultimately I went with the old galvanized bucket, and I love the way it turned out! I bought this cypress tree in a pot that I can plant in my yard after Christmas. The leaves are fluffy and smell amazing, but they didn’t support the weight of the lights very well. That’s why they look a little funny, but I think it is totally okay on this whimsical little tree!
I decided to go with a nature theme for this tree to tie in with the pine cone garland on the mantel and also because our little guy is very into birds right now. He has loved finding them on the tree! I hung all my bird ornaments, along with a few other favorites that have a bit of a natural vibe. I took the leftover spray painted pine cones from this project, tied twine around them and hung them all over the tree.
Somebody gave us an Elf on the Shelf last year. Even though he doesn’t actually “do” anything at our house, he is pretty darn cute, so we let him hang out at the bottom of the tree. I like how he coordinates with the red and white wrapping paper and ribbon.
On the mantle, I really wanted to use fresh garland for the scent. I love that warm and cozy Christmas tree smell! I just picked up some of the free tree trimmings from the hardware store and piled them up there. I added one strand of battery powered lights so I wouldn’t have to hide the cord. Next year I will add one more for extra brightness.
The pine cone garland was a simple DIY that you can read more about here. Our stockings were wedding gifts, and my mom got this fun elfish one for our son last year. We added a fourth for my brother this year.
This little chalkboard is up year round, I just changed the message for Christmas and added this fun garland underneath. It was on our mantel last year along with these bright bells and ornaments.
Little Bit can reach this table, so I didn’t add anything breakable or complicated to assemble. He has pulled this stuff down a million times already, but it is no problem to just toss it back up there.
In the dining room, I simply spruced up our fall centerpiece with a red candle and some mercury glass trees.
I really wanted to deck out my kitchen for Christmas since I spend so much time in there during the holidays, but it is still undergoing a mini makeover. We currently have a ripped out backsplash and all sorts of misplaced and plastic covered items. I just added these little bits of cheer to the armoire in the breakfast area since the mess doesn’t extend to that area.
I told you I kept it simple! We are completely loving it though, and it will all be a breeze to pack up and put away… in mid January because I am definitely one of those people who likes to keep the Christmas magic going as long as possible!