I love decorating for Christmas but have to be realistic about the scope of things with a couple birthday parties to plan and host for my daughters thrown in the December mix. I keep things much the same from year to year, making small changes here and there, but it helps me to know where everything "goes" when I pull the boxes up from the basement!
For our front porch this year I sourced everything from our yard. I don't always feel lucky to live in New England in the winter (the word "nor'easter" - as in the storm - gives me serious anxiety) but having such an abundance of seasonal greens ready to be clipped from our tress and shrubs for free is a nice consolation prize.
I used clippings from the bottom of our Christmas tree and red-berried branches from a winterberry bush to fill the black urn by our front door. For the swag on the door I simply layered another clipping from our tree, some yew branches, and some holly. I wrapped them tightly with floral wire at the top to make the swag.
On the sill of the large bay window in our living room I added I few giant pinecones my mother-in-law brought back from northern California years ago.
I was also super excited to bring out my newest Byers' Carolers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, which my parents gave me for Christmas last year. I showed you my other four carolers last week on my mantle.
In the dining room I added a pair of metal reindeer to the sideboard. I got them from Pottery Barn a few years ago.
On the dining room table I used a red hemstitched linen runner down the center and placed a wreath of twigs and faux berries underneath the glass bowl that always lives there. I filled the bowl with tiny gold glass ornaments.
I can get most of these Christmas accents out and in place in a day or two (meaning one or two naptimes!)which at this stage in my life is what works best for me.
I do love having the house feel festive!
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