When we moved into this house I was pumped over the amount of space I had for holiday decorations. So many places for decor! Ah, things change and since we're moving again (yeah, I said it... another post for another day) it felt silly to drag everything I didn't get rid of out just to have even more to pack up when Christmas was over. I didn't decorate my china cabinet and decided to get rid of the mini trees I put up in the bedrooms and bathrooms. I kept 99% of the decor to the rooms we spend the most time in, our family room and eat-in kitchen. I like that I get to see what I did keep around and it feels nice to keep things simple. Anyway, too many words... now for the pictures of my completely average Christmas.
I can't put a wreath on my front door because it's not covered and with the weather we've had lately it would be destroyed within days. At this house, I've hung my wreaths on the kitchen side of our laundry room door so it can be seen. I bought this glittered wood cut-out 'MERRY' at Silver Dollar City (on clearance!) and shoved it in the wreath. I dig it.
This is the first time the blog is seeing my chalkboard wall in the kitchen. Renner loves it, as you can tell. The bunting is still hanging from Renner's Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party and the painted plate in the middle is my grandma Gaggy's work and covers a hole where the phone jack was. I hung Christmas cards we've received on the wall with washi tape so we could enjoy them. A glittered 'A' ornament hangs on the plate.
My dining room table (and curtainless windows) haven't seen a lot of decor love this year because Renner knows how to climb up the chairs and onto the table. At one point, I had to remove the chairs from the room because I'd go to the back of the house and return to find my child sitting on the table playing with a toy... just chillin'. He hasn't done it in awhile though (I'm jinxing myself) so I think this set up might be safe. The runner is Pottery Barn and the candle wreath, tree and cloche were gifts from my grandma Mazie.
Let's talk about underwhelming... my mantel. The ornament garland is the mantel piece I got at Michael's on the cheap. I added a skinny lighted greenery piece and hung out stockings. *yawn* Next year will be better! I wanted to do new stockings and everything.... is it rude to *yawn* again?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The Christmas tree. Despite the fact that the bottom half isn't decorated and I don't know how to take a good pic it really is lovely. I was going to make a tree skirt to match my new stockings that didn't happen so I used the old blanket trick. I used a painted mdf letter A as the topper and placed glitter initial ornaments in the tree for each of us. The theme is red, white and snowmen.
Here's a little close-up of a few of my faves. You can see the glittered 'M' (these are from Michael's, purchased earlier this year from the cheap party aisle). The snowman head and SNOW ornaments are both from Kohls a few years ago.
I decided for Renner's first Christmas I would buy an ornament for him every year. Maybe it would be something to do with his interests or personality or maybe it would be one that he picks. This is his third Christmas so I thought I'd share his collection so far.
I love snowmen and saw this super cute ornament on a trip to the mall to see Santa when Ren was just a month old.
For Renner's second Christmas, we were walking through Michael's (I really like Michael's) and he spotted this sparkly robot. It's glass so he's not allowed to touch, but he likes to look.
On our family trip to Silver Dollar City this week, I told Justin I still hadn't found Renner's ornament. While I picked out a family ornament for us, Justin spotted this and it made him think of Ren. He's just learned to say 'Ho ho ho' so he does do a little elfin' around.
Finally, our Christmas card (from Shutterfly). We had family pics taken in November for Ren's 2nd birthday and I was happy to put a pic of all of us on this year's card. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that you spend it with the people you love... I know I will be.