Our mantle gives me fits every year. You would not think that it would be difficult to decorate because it is white - everything goes with white. But it is not very deep, yet uber-traditional and after the great Martha Stewart Lighted Garland Disaster of 2004 (spoiler alert: our garland full of expensive breakable ornaments and lights crashed in the middle of the night leading us to believe someone was breaking in and stealing our six-month-old baby), I don't hang anything that can break on the mantle.
To the short peoples' abodes!
Little Kid's Tinkerbell tree topper broke last year after a decade in use and we were unable to glue it back together. The girl (and her Mommy) was very sad. But the mask that we brought her back from New Orleans is working out very well:
Did you hear that Hallmark is no longer making Barbie ornaments? I was disappointed - we have collected them since Little Kid was born. Luckily we found her 2013 ornament at Lowes (for half the price of Hallmark too):
Big Kid's tree used a toddler tutu as a tree skirt for many, many years - and it looked it. This year we picked up this tutu at Target - as you know, she is a fan of all things sparkly:
Back downstairs to the Disney Tree, est. 1996. This is a tradition that I started in college and each year we add a new ornament. We lack tables big enough to hold the wire tree, so it ended up on the kitchen table due to necessity. You can see previous years Christmas Cards hanging from a ribbon over the windows - that is another easy DIY tradition.
The Disney Tree is notoriously hard to photograph:
And now to the main attraction - I feel like I say this all the time, but our walls really are not that yellow, they just always appear that way in photography:
I am so happy that after a decade of looking, I finally found a tree skirt that I love! It is simple and so soft, but will match any tree decor. TJ Maxx to the rescue!I am making a dent on the wrapping - I ran out of tissue paper and picked it up at the store yesterday. Got home, started wrapping…and ran out of tape. Don't you hate when that happens?
The tree might look color-coordinated - and it is to a point. But it hold a lot of ornaments with special meanings. Like my alma mater's 100th anniversary ornament and my treasured Bloomies brown bag ornament from our first trip to NYC. It has my Hedwig ornament from our second trip to NYC to meet JK Rowling and a beautiful wooden nativity ornament gift from my choir director. I believe that Christmas trees can be beautiful and sentimental simultaneously.
My ornament this year - it's sparkly:
The Engineer's ornament - he is a big fan of hippos. Both of our ornaments are from our trip this summer to the Cincinnati Zoo:
Some of the Christmas touches around the house - I did not photograph them all because we would be here all day:
I filled this decorative doodad with ornaments that I did not use and the candy dish with my favorite holiday treat - cherry flavored Hershey Kisses. Yum. I might go eat one right now. In our house, it is not the holidays without an evergreen Yankee Candle burning.
What do you think, does he need a friend? I painted his antlers gold because I do stuff like that. I will be the first one to say my planter needs help. The newspaper will be shutting down next week for the holidays and I have a sneaking suspicion that I might add more Christmas spirit to our home and yard - I have the Christmas crafting itch. I can already tell you that I am going to be painting magnolia leaves gold like it is going out of style.
Our front door swag - read more about how I repurposed it Here:
Every year my grandaddy would go up into the woods and cut down a giant tree for the front yard. He hung the old-fashioned lights on it and you could always see it from the bottom of the hill that they lived on. It was really neat to drive down the highway and see the tree up on the farm from a distance.
Our homage (yes, that is a concrete basset hound in front of the tree because that is how we roll):
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