Christmas decorations

I’m super excited to be linking up my Christmas decor to The Nester‘s Christmas Tour of Homes!

I’ve never gone all out for Christmas (we’re hardly around to enjoy it, I’m usually super busy with wrapping up the end of the semester, I don’t have lots Christmas decorations, I have very little place to store them, etc. etc.) but this year I went even more minimalist.  Since we’re renting a little townhouse until we can sell our old house in Lexington we have a houseful of stuff in a small little space.  I left several things in the boxes and just got out some of our stuff.  We also got a teensy baby tree because we have no where to put a big tree.  At first that made me a little sad but now I’ve come to like our little tree and I especially like that it looks like it’s decorated with a bajillion ornaments since they’re all squished together rather than spread out all over a big tree.

the yarn wreath I made for the front door

(p.s. I went outside in shorts and a t-shirt to take this picture and wasn’t even cold because it’s 65 degrees right now – not exactly Christmasy weather)

(p.p.s. last year on this same day -the Wednesday before Christmas break- it was cold and snowy, so much that we got out of school on Thursday and Friday – the only time in my life I can remember having any snow days before Christmas.  Amazing how different the temperatures can be from year to year)

See the teensy baby tree – it makes a cute little coffee table decoration

Someday I’ll have a real tree skirt but for the past few years I’ve just used a piece of fabric with stars on it

See those 3D looking glasses on top of the Christmas books?  Those were bought at Cracker Barrel a few years ago and when you put them on and look at Christmas lights it makes them look like snowmen.  Probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever bought for less than a dollar!

(try not to notice how there are no presents under the tree – it’s definitely not because I have less than half of my present bought and none of the presents wrapped…)

my Willow Tree Nativity set – I love the simplicity and rusticness of Willow Tree figurines

jingle bell wreath on the bathroom door

I might actually use the cute red chalkboard there in the hallway if I knew where the chalk and the pushpins went to after we moved *facepalm*

on the other side of the hallway facing the little chalkboard is the countdown I made Michael

Because our tree was so small (and we’ve had big trees in the past) I had a ton of Christmas lights that I didn’t need for the tree.  I draped one strand over my favorite decoration, the fence.

The china cabinet (yes, in the living room – lack of space, remember?)

the reversible Merry Christmas blocks I made recently

jingle bell garland – I love the tiny stars cut out of the jingle bells!

This Charlie Brown snow globe was given to me my senior year of high school by my student council advisor.  I believe that our food drive theme that year was A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Michael was given these Santas sometime before we were married (by whom I am not quite sure)

a little awkward with our kissing wedding picture in the background

The nesting Santas were also Michael’s from childhood

our stockings – since we don’t have a mantle this is working for us this year

These are from Cracker Barrel but someday I want us to have personalized stockings (maybe now that I’ve learned how to sew I can make some for next year!)

fun little boxes from HomeGoods

my favorite Christmas decoration – as long as I have a tree (preferably live) I’m happy

no tree topper this year (I have one but it’s way too big for this tree) but this ornament hangs perfectly on the tall pointy branch on the top

It says “Family: my favorite Christmas tradition is spending the season with you” – I think I’ve mentioned before that I love traditions so this ornament is perfect for me

Ok I’m not going to show you all my ornaments but I have to show off my newest one from this year – a little clipboard with a star.  Eek so cute!

That’s pretty much it.

We do have Michael’s Christmas tree in our bedroom, but that’s it.  Maybe someday I’ll have the time/space/desire to decorate all over the house but for now, this is perfect for us.



  1. The Santas were given to Michael by his grandmother, Sarah. Each year he would get one. The white one can be used as a tree topper. That same Santa tops our tree.
    Enjoyed the decorations.

  2. I love all the vintage touches around your home. The corner cabinet is so pretty and I like your fence decor over the sofa. I have always used different fabric around the base of our tree for a skirt, too. (This year though the cat wouldn’t leave it alone and kept dragging it out so I had to find a real skirt.) Hope your Christmas was merry!

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