It’s Christmas!!! It finally feels like Christmas ya’ll… we had family come stay, the house is decorated and clean, I’ve watched 35 Hallmark movies, and I baked for an entire day! No shame but I really should have calmed down with the movies this year, I guess I can’t really help it! With that being said, I wanted to give you the full house tour today. I am not going to show you every last thing in every room but I will show you most of it. So let the fun begin; I’ll start outside. My sweet husband climbed the ladder for me this year and put lights on 2 of the 4 peaks, that is true love in this family! Our yard is at a major slope so getting the ladder to stay straight and stable requires a lot of work, thank you Daniel, you are the best! Isn’t it pretty?
Once inside I pretty much rearrange all the decor in the house. I keep most of the same things in the house but move them around for the month of December. These photos normally live on the entry table but this gives you a good example of how I switch things around for the holidays.
I put garland on the stairs first before I decorate anything else. I don’t know why but it instantly makes me feel not as overwhelmed about decorating. I then hang snowflakes on it that my great grandmother and Daniel’s grandmother made. Those family touches make the holidays that much more special to us. I picked up the cute little house below from World Market and the deer at Neaco in downtown Blowing Rock, NC this year. Aren’t they just so cute? I couldn’t resist once I found out they fold up and store completely flat!When we are home we spend the majority of our time in the living room and kitchen, so I go all out in these spaces. I go a little crazy on the lights each year. I shared how I put them on, and how many made it on the tree this year in this post. I love silver and white ornaments and keep this tree really simple.We still use the same stockings that we got the first year we got married. I put all the trimmings from the tree on the tv stand, and I love how the fresh greenery hides our sound bar and adds some additional color. These little trees below are made by an artist in Todd, NC named Elijah Holman. Each year that we visit Blowing Rock, NC we add another one to our collection and I just love them! I leave them up until spring because, why not.Since the Christmas tree goes where this chair normally lives we have to move it to this little corner which I don’t mind at all. I add a little tree on our kitchen counter that you can see in the background.I put garland over the sink that just makes doing the dishes so much more enjoyable if I do say so myself.Lastly, in the kitchen is the mini Christmas Village. These were passed on to us from Daniel’s mom as well as my mom and they get put all around the house. It instantly brings back good memories from childhood.
Now that we have a dining table (more info to come on this later) I set up a super simple little centerpiece with greenery and decor I had around the house and called it a day.
Now let’s go upstairs! I’ll start with the office since it has my favorite decoration of all! Though I love those little trees on my desk above that my mom passed down to me, the one below is the special tree that Daniel and I decorate together each year!!Over the years we have been gifted or purchased every ornament on this tree so they each have a story to tell. The ornaments that we purchase are a tradition. The tradition is that each time we travel somewhere throughout the year we find an ornament that we like for the tree that reminds us of our trip. They are all very unique and since we have been collecting for a little over 8 years now, they really don’t have much in common. This was one from this year that we picked up on our road trip where we went kayaking in Pictured Rocks, Michigan. Talk about a highlight from this year, it was incredible!
As we grow our collection, and as the years go by it has gotten a little harder to recognize exactly when and where each ornament was picked up. To help solve this problem I get a plastic bag or small box for each ornament and write the year, where it was from, along with a special memory to label the trip. Now as we decorate the tree we relive each memory we shared over the years! As you can see, we just pick out something that we like and make them all work!We also have a lot that were gifts that over the years have become more special than we could have ever realized! It takes us back to Christmas memories that we shared with loved ones and reminds us that the holidays are about family and sharing love! It isn’t about the gifts under the tree but the family that surrounds it! My husband has ornaments from the very first group of kids that he taught that have now graduated and even that is a cool walk down memory lane! This is by far my favorite thing to do when we decorate! Daniel does not even complain about helping decorate this tree!The guest room upstairs has a few baby trees and other decor that has been collected over the years. This room also has a few houses in the corner that just make me really happy. Cooper on the other hand could care less and just wants to watch the neighbors.This is the guest bathroom upstairs that just has a little tree with bells on it and some fun holiday soaps.The second guest room just gets a little love with the cute birdies and the sign that normally lives downstairs.
Lastly, the bonus room has my husband’s favorite stocking that doesn’t make the cut for downstairs, can’t imagine why. Hehe. It just fits perfect here.That is all for the tour ya’ll. I love Christmas and how magical it feels whenever the entire house is decorated with lights. Just look at those lights and the sparkle that they have!!Cooper wishes you a very Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoyed the house tour! Now we will be sipping hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies until Santa comes by. Happy Holidays!!
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