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)
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…)
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
a little awkward with our kissing wedding picture in the background
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!)
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
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.