I just love the glow of our holiday home. During this time of year, even with all of its stress and obligations, I feel just a bit more peaceful when I’m at home. There’s something special about the twinkle of the tree and decorations; the lovely scents of candles and treats; the feeling of happiness fueled by the kids’ anticipation of exciting things to come.
It’s Black Friday and the tree has just gone up. We went out and bought a new one actually. It’s the first green tree John and I have had in 10 years. Our tradition has been a white tree, but the built in lights half died during the past couple of years and wrapping it in strings of lights just wasn’t the same. As we browsed the stores, there just wasn’t a white tree we liked. Actually most stores didn’t even carry white. I guess our tradition is a dying one!
So we picked up a really nice green tree with LED lights (YAY for less electricity!) that can actually change from rainbow to white. Ellie had to be talked into a green tree, but the rainbow lights sold her. Go figure! My rainbow loving girl. John and I prefer the soft glow of white, so when the kids are in bed, we’ll definitely be changing it up.
We had a fun night setting up the brand new tree and decorating. We finally are getting to use this angel tree topper that my Grandfather made, which makes it very special.
It was pretty low-key with just my brother, sister-in-law and their kids over (the kids insisted on a kids table and who are we to argue!) John’s siblings and other sister-in-law sadly were sick.
But we had a lovely day, and ate tons of fantabulous food (that’s a word, right?) and hung out by the lovely glow of holiday candles.
I created this center piece using a long metal candle holder that I thrifted for $6. Total score. I wrapped it in green garland ($1 at Dollar Tree) and then raided our holiday ornaments to fill it with red balls.
The holiday scented candles were easy to find in the air care section of the cleaning aisle at our local store. They’re actually more cost effective than the candles you’ll find in the decor section, and they smell so lovely! Since we have a artificial tree, a little evergreen scent makes it even more festive. Smells like holiday spirit!
My holiday place settings are so simple but really adds a nice touch.
I have had the chargers since we got married and I use them every year. It’s such a simple way to enhance a holiday table. Just this year I’ve seen some really cost effective chargers at many local stores, even as low as $1 each. I think it’s well worth the expense to add a little fancy to your table.
And don’t forget to dress the champagne! A little bubbly always adds to the holiday spirit around here.
For simple holiday wall decor, we hang stockings. We actually used these prior to getting monogrammed stockings on sale few years back for the whole family. We held onto them and started using them as wall hanging. Recycling at its best.
I’m actually sitting here writing this with the glowing warmth of the holidays all around me and it’s just so peaceful. I love it. I’m so glad we jumped on decorating right away this year. More time to enjoy the holiday spirit at home.
What is your favorite way to decorate for the holidays?