It’s that time again! Time to deck the halls with all things Christmas and convince our husbands we need the entire Target Wondershop. Just me? I find myself wishing I could buy carts and carts full of new Christmas decor every year, even though logically I know for a fact I don’t need any of it. Shopping for Christmas decor is just so fun, I can’t help but want it all!
I’ll be honest though, I’d consider myself pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas decor. While I love and swoon over the current, and sometimes overwhelming, trend of all things white, (thank you Instagram and Joanna Gaines) I just can’t get past the classic red and green color palette, and I think time has proven it will never go out of style. There’s something so warm and cozy to me about that timeless Christmas red, the color of Santa’s infamous fur coat, that we all know and love, and I fall for it every year.
My Christmas decorating style definitely changes a little with each season, but the past few years it’s remained pretty constant. I think Adam and I both like a hint of classy and traditional but with an overarching theme of rustic and cozy. And simple, really, really simple. (Let’s also throw in kid-friendly, if we’re being real.) I honestly don’t even know if that makes sense or not, and would never ever, ever consider myself a decorating expert, but I do love Christmas decorations and knowing how much I love seeing everyone else’s Christmas decorations, I thought I’d share ours as well. Not much has changed since last year though, other than moving our tree up to the playroom, ordering new stockings, and rearranging a few small things. But, it’s just enough to once again warmly welcome our favorite season into our new home. It’s officially our second Texas Christmas.
Here’s a look at our decor so far.
Our mantle is super simple, and pretty much the same as last year except this year we’ve got brand new stockings. Oh, and FOUR to be exact! Don’t worry, Truckee’s stocking will still be hung – Santa Paws would never forget her. Our stockings are from Pottery Barn, and I’ve been dreaming about their classic red velvet stockings monogrammed with both kids names for years, and I’m tickled to finally have them.
The greenery is actually 2 layers. It’s one pre-lit green garland, plus an old cranberry garland I added on top. I’m not sure how I ever thought to add the cranberry garland, but I added it on a whim last year and LOVE how it looks against the greenery.
Our banister garland is probably my favorite thing. Growing up, our stairs were always decorated the exact same way, so I knew if I ever had a banister in my home as an adult I’d follow suit. I truly believe you can’t live in a two story home and NOT decorate your stairs at Christmas time! It’s magical at night when all the lights are out and the entire entryway is lit up with the soft glow from the stairwell. And I spy our newest family canvas! Look at those babies!
I also have actually been collecting reindeer for several years. Every holiday season I like to find one unique reindeer to add to my collection. I’m starting to run out of room to display them, but these, and the ones on our mantle, are my favorites.
This little mini Christmas tree was a gift from my in-laws for our very first married Christmas. It’s got handmade wooden ornaments with our initials carved into them that were used as decorations during our rehearsal dinner. This year, we added a strand of lights to it and made it the centerpiece on the dining room table atop this buffalo plaid table runner.
Other than reindeer, I think my next favorite “character” of the holiday season is the old fashioned Santa. OBSESSED. I just love his little rosy cheeks and happy demeanor, and think it’s so quintessential Christmas time. I need to find some more old fashioned Santa pieces, but the ones I have so far I love. These dish towels were $3 Target finds!
On our breakfast table in the kitchen we always display our holiday mugs, perfect for late night hot chocolate or coffee. Most of these are either Pottery Barn, Target, or Hobby Lobby. Again, the old fashioned Santa mugs – ah I just love his jolly little face!
Old fashioned Santa strikes again on this serving platter I found at Target last year. Currently it’s just housing my coffee mug display, but when we have guests we use it for its intended purpose.
Now the big one. Our tree! Let me start by saying I am 100% not a tree decorating aficionado. I wouldn’t even know where to start when it comes to ribbons and bows and fillers and fluff. I wish I did, and kudos to everyone whose trees look like a work of art. Ours is simply a vessel to display meaningful family ornaments, and a snowflake or two. And maybe some red balls if I can get my act together and actually get them hung. Seriously, so boring, but just right for us. A keeps bugging us to put a star on top, so if anyone knows the best place to buy a tree topper, we’re in the market for one. We also really need a new tree skirt. This little red one was no lie, like a dollar or something at Target many moons ago. I’d love to one day have a red or white fuzzy monogrammed tree skirt, but with little kids, and one very large dog, I can foresee it somehow getting destroyed. #ThisIsWhyWeCantHaveNiceThings
Last year, we had the tree down in the dining room. But, it just felt too crowded and on Christmas morning we found ourselves wishing it was somewhere else where we could actually gather around it. Our living room doesn’t have enough space for it, so we decided to try putting it up in the playroom this year. This way, on Christmas morning, the kids will have plenty of space to play around the tree after they open their gifts, and we can spend time as a family in the playroom enjoying the moment more. With the tree in the dining room last year, we found ourselves moving all of the gifts from the dining room into the living room anyways to open them, so this way there won’t be a need to move and everything will be in one spot.
*Edited* Ok I got a little creative after I posted this. What do we think about this? Using a plaid blanket scarf around the base of the tree? I’m undecided, but do think it cozied it up a bit.
On the couch in the playroom, instead of putting them downstairs, I put our favorite Santa blanket (literally the softest blanket ever!), a Santa pillow, and a mini Santa himself.
Outside, we have a little Santa welcome sign as well as a lighted garland framing our door and a wreath. I’m dying to get more lights hung outside, and pick out a fun inflatable for A!
And there you have it. Christmas time at the Ingles is in full swing!
Where do you buy your Christmas decorations? What’s your decorating style? Are you team all white Christmas or team red and green? Or a happy mix? No wrong answer!