Monday, December 16, 2019

Simple Christmas Porch

I actually have a porch decorated for Christmas this year!

Our front porch is about all I can manage (the back screened-in porch will have to wait until another year). I simply added some fresh Christmas tree trimmings to a copper wood basin we had and hung a fresh evergreen wreath on our front door. Not much at all--but that's the kind of simplicity I like.

We got new black rocking chairs this past summer and are enjoying using them out front and for photo opportunities. Our old chalkboard where we often write messages hangs out on our front porch as well.

I have so much fun using fresh greenery to make our home look festive for the holidays. Wreaths are very easy to make from greenery like boxwoods, fresh rosemary, or evergreen trees from your yard. Adding a different colored ribbon each year helps to keep things interesting.

Other than the front porch, we don't do any other outdoor decorating such as lights, etc. Just simply no time!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Just a Touch of Christmas

Happy Holidays, Y'all!

It seems like every year I put out less and less Christmas decor--but with having moved into our new house a little over two years ago and the fact that I have a 10 month old baby and two 6 year olds I guess I'm getting pretty lazy...

I'm starting to have a complicated relationship with Christmas--I dread it more and more every year for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps I will detail this in an upcoming post at some point. The stress, the traveling, family drama, the endless to-do lists, and the over-commercialized celebration it has become make it NOT the "most wonderful time of the year" for me. I hate that we feel obligated to get people specific gifts on their lists-whatever happened to just simply making homemade gifts or surprising them with something you think they might like?

The last couple of years I have LOVED the quiet weeks in January and February after the stress and rush of the Holidays, especially when it snows outside and I can hibernate with a mug of hot cocoa sitting by the fire. And last year being only a month or so away from giving birth I seriously wanted to skip Christmas altogether, so it was wonderful being able to stay home here in NC and relax.

Anyway, most of what I have put out in addition to our Christmas tree ornaments is basically fresh greenery cut from around our property and a few keepsake items. We will start in the kitchen, work our way to the dining room, and end in the living room....

fresh rosemary and Christmas aprons hanging on my Shaker peg shelf

touches of greenery from our property give a festive feel to the corner cabinet in the dining room

Our fireplace mantel is simply decorated with candles, a vintage tractor toy, and a glass urn with some nuts that has been there all year long. Above the fireplace is our "frame" TV, which in real life really does look like a picture or painting that then transitions to a regular TV. This was a Christmas gift to us from grandparents last year and turned out to be a great compromise between me and my husband (who has always wanted a TV above the not so much!)

I hope you enjoyed the tour! How do you like to decorate for the season, if at all?