I absolutely love our tree. Each year we add a few photo ornaments. It’s so fun to look back at the pics from when the kids were little.
The outside of the house isn’t showing much Christmas flair, but I think we are looking pleasantly festive inside.
This year I’m focusing on keeping it easy and not purchasing things that require storage. My holiday decorating purchases have been limited to a piece of black foam board and having a few winter nature photos printed. I’ve had a ton of fun and everything has been peaceful and stress free. I think it’s all about attitude. This year I’m just doing what we have time for and enjoying it. Every little holiday touch is appreciated. Things will get done when they get done and if they don’t – that’s okay. The holidays should be about enjoying people. It’s really not about how much greenery is in the house, how perfect the lighting is, or how many presents are under the tree.
The boys made giant popsicle snowflakes for me. I love the way they turned out. Turquoise wasn’t a color I had in mind when we went to buy paint but I love it! I’m so glad I didn’t say, “I was really hoping for red.” I will admit to purchasing red paint, just in case.
I’ve seen a lot of chalkboard ideas out there. I thought a chalkboard over the mantle would be really cool, but I honestly didn’t have time to purchase the plywood and paint it this year. Black foam poster board and a tiny bottle of white paint to the rescue. I’d like to add some poinsettias or rosemary trees or candles.
I switched out our usual family photos of the kids feeding giraffes for some winter nature scenes.
A few ornaments hung on ribbon over the kitchen sink add a little sparkle while I’m doing dishes.
The decorations are far from “perfect”. We don’t have multiple Christmas trees or holiday towels or even specially scented soaps. But we’ve spent time together. We’ve made cookies and crafts and played games and watched movies.
It’s been such a nice season and I’m so glad for the time with family.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!