Good morning (afternoon/evening) friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We kicked ours off on Friday on a festive note. We’ve made it our annual family tradition to drive up the mountains (roughly 2 hours) and find a tree farm (which isn’t hard once you make it to Ashe county; there are tons).
It keeps getting a little more fun each year as the girls get a little bit older. This year after spending some time at a playground in Boone, we ended up at Frosty’s Choose and Cut.
There was a great chill in the air that required coats and hats- the best. The stick they gave us measured 10 feet and I believe Hailey and David were determined to bring home any tree that out-measured the stick.
The above was a contender, but we ended up finding a bigger, fuller one to claim as our own. In fact, it wouldn’t fit through the baler so the Frosty’s team got creative and made it work. Long story short, somehow by that evening the tree was in our living room.
True to tradition, after the girls went down we put on Christmas Vacation and got to work on the lights. I almost tumbled into the tree, but I was determined to be the one that put the star on top, and I did.
We saved the ornaments for the next morning so they girls could help.
Then the four of us snuggled up to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which Star the Elf had brought us back from the North Pole.
With our tree now dressed up in all its glory, I’m really feeling the Christmas spirit! I love hearing about others’ traditions and seeing decorations, so I thought a little Christmas home decor tour would be fun, starting with our “village.”
Village is quite a bold way to put it, considering it’s a cottage and a bridge with snow at the moment, but this scene and the train set up on top of our piano is a household favorite. The girls’ princess dolls take rides on the train on the regular.
I’ve been on an etsy kick lately and found this adorable store that is somewhat local (Winston Salem) and makes a plethora of really cute pillows among other things. I just had to snag this pillow representing one of my favorite Christmas songs.
You can see my new nativity in the background too. I finally found a large one that I had been looking for (thank you Hobby Lobby!).
One of my favorite shelves is this one. Each year I frame our family Christmas card. I pack them away and pull them out again when it’s time to decorate. I love seeing how our family changes so much each year.
I should mention that I’m not sharing this home tour as a how-to. I lack the decorator gene. I just fill my house with what makes my heart happy. And what makes my heart happy is homemade touches, sweet memories and sentiment.
Translation: if it was made with a foot or hand print, I have it on display.
As for the tree, I’ll confess, I did scour pinterest for beautiful tree designs. I love the coordination and white glowing lights. Then Hailey squealed that she couldn’t wait for the rainbow lights on the tree and it was done. Rainbow lights it was!
One day I’ll have a department store worthy tree, but I’m not sure it will ever beat a big ‘ol tree of rainbow lights covered with family memories. We buy an ornament each year of something we did together. This year was our Disney Cruise.
Since we forgot to buy one on the ship, I ordered this one from, where else? Etsy.
I love our countdown Santa and already have this year’s Christmas card framed and set up. (We love Minted because they print all your addresses on your envelopes for FREE! Also, all holiday cards are 15% with code SNOW15, but it expires today!)
My mom used this blue little reindeer as a doorstop at Christmas when I was growing up and every time I look at it it reminds me of holidays in my childhood home. It’s just a bonus that it matches our powder room too!
And finally, the mantle!
David’s stocking (far left) was made by his grandmother and my stocking (far right) was made by my Nannie. Both the girls’ stockings were made by Mema (David’s mom). So while my decorating skills in general may leave a lot to be desired, I see family and love everywhere I look. I don’t think you can get much better than that!
Share with me- what is your favorite item/piece of holiday decor?
Why is it special to you?