So let's get started! The main attraction for me is the Christmas tree. It is the only big one I am putting up this year. I have another full size one for the diningroom but I did not bother this year since I was not feeling well. The tree is a prelit one but the very last piece at the top refused to light up. We replaced fuses to no avail so I just wrapped one loose strand of lights on it instead. So much for the prelit tree. And also since since I love to place the Swarovski crystal ornaments on spinners, I always have additional strands on the tree since they mechanisms don't fit into the prelit light holes. Well one of those strands was no longer working either so I had to figure out how to get that one off and replace with a good one. That is not as easy as it sounds since the standalone strands pretty much look exactly like the prelit strands. I try to buy something new for the tree each year. Usually it's just an ornament but this year I splurged on the light sticks at the top which I think was a bit fortuitous on my part considering the lights struggle!
I love to wrap gifts and only use gift bags for those items that simply aren't going to fit in a box. I also often do not use actual Christmas paper on my gifts, like this one. Recognize the tags? They are the ones I made last month.
Over the years my taste in mantle decor has changed. I use to go all out, stuff on the hearth, large heavy garland, wreathes, a gazillion candles, etc. Several years ago I decided that I really wanted a cleaner look but I do manage to change it up a bit every year. The candles and initial are there all year and I just worked around them.
I have a few smaller decorations here and there mostly because I think it looks odd to have everything clustered on one side of the room.
Very simple foyer decor this year:
And even simpler stairs:
If you are a former Lifetime Moments member, you might remember this small tree. Unfortunately I couldn't find the ornaments I made for it so it's only the storebought ones this year. It's located in the diningroom:
More simple half bath decorations:
Now onto the kitchen. I've had this tree for several years now and it's easy to include because it stays decorated all year long. I just wrap it in plastic and store it in the basement. It is a combo of kitchen related ornaments as well as real kitchen utensils. The alpine shape is perfect as it doesn't take up a lot of room. I admit that I'm getting a bit tired of it but it never fails to illicit comments from my guests.
Another small tree in my bedroom:
No Christmas is complete without a navity in my humble opinion. (Located in my hallway).
The front porch:
That's it. If you have photos of your decoration anywhere, please send me a link so I can take a look. Thanks for looking.