Get your pearls out because you’re probably going to want to clutch ‘em.
I didn’t decorate for Christmas the past two years.
Christmas has always kind of been my thing. I legit had my bedroom decorated like Christmas all year long when I was a kid – Santas everywhere, twinkle lights, red and green quilt on the bed in the middle of June – you name it. I’ve always loved decorating for Christmas (hello – the most magical time of the year!) but the past two years I really Mom-Grinched it up.
I can explain.
Two winters ago we had just moved into our new house after six months of living in my in-laws’ basement. We had a U-Haul full of “do we really need this?” things to unpack, I was using a wine glass as a toothbrush holder, and the last thing I wanted to do was unpack ten totes of Christmas decorations when our house was covered in liquor boxes and I couldn’t even find the damn iron! So we put up a pre-lit tree among the sea cardboard boxes (none of which contained the iron…or liquor) and called it a day.
(I found the iron 18 months later. We now have two irons.)
Last year I had a much better excuse to be all Scrooge-y with the Christmas decorations – we spent Christmas in Mexico! We enjoyed an amazing week in Mexico from Christmas to New Year’s with G’s family to celebrate his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It was such an incredible time! Kate saw the ocean for the first time on Christmas Day and lost the second of her two front teeth, which was her six-year-old life goal after singing “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” for a solid month leading up to December 25th.
So our first two Decembers in our new house had me conveniently ignoring the Christmas decorations, but my Mom Guilt was setting in* and I knew I couldn’t go 0 for 3. Instead, I over-corrected and we put our Christmas tree up the weekend after Halloween.
Since then, Kate and I have been having fun getting reacquainted with our Christmas decorations, figuring out what we still like, and what should go where. Here’s what we came up with for our first time decorating our still new to us dream home:
After a few years of some fun and colorful Christmas decorations, I decided to take it back to something a little more traditional and classic this year. We love the pops of red!
I found this super cute “Be Merry, Be Bright” sign at Avid Gardener – a great little gardening and home accents store in downtown, Cambridge, Wisconsin.
Our living room:
We didn’t have a fireplace in our last house, so this is our first Christmas mantel! (Remember that reclaimed beam I snagged from an old warehouse in Oshkosh, WI? We love, love, love it over our fireplace.)
The “Santa This Way” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” signs were both found in downtown Cambridge over the past few years.
The bar area in our dining room. See that towel that says “I Put Out for Santa” with a cookie jar on it? It was a gift from my sister, Brittny, and I laughed so hard when I saw it.
Christmas cocktails, anyone?
I did a little bit of garland around the banisters in the entryway:
And the upstairs balcony railing:
Last, but not least – our tree!
I hope you enjoyed this look inside our holiday home!
Quick Link to previous Christmas decorations in our old home: Colorful Holiday Home Tour.
*I woke up in a panic during the middle of the night last summer – my upper body shooting up in bed like a “hey look, she’s not dead!” plot twist in a bad 80s movie – frantic with thoughts of how I need to make sure I decorate for Christmas this year, so I don’t ruin the holiday for Kate, my whole family, Santa-lovers everywhere, the whole entire world, etc. You know the Mom Guilt drill.