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....

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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 fireplace....me not so much!)







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




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