Good morning it's rainy here and a good day to be at home and stay inside with a cup of cocoa. I've been more excited to decorate this year for the holidays. Fall is my favorite season but Christmas is what it's all about. The reason for the season, that little baby Jesus. I have such fond memories of my father and family at Christmas time too. I was trying to think of something I could share with you and then I got a wonderful idea we could come up with things together. I just love getting comments. So here it goes what do you do to get in the holiday spirit to decorate your home??
Here's some things I do every year:
First, I peruse my stash of country accents, country sampler magazines and my little folder of ideas that I have collected. This usually takes awhile. I usually start this a few days before I plan to decorate.
photo in country home
Next, I take down current seasonal decor and put it away so I have a fresh or blank slate to start with. Generally, I will take all the everyday stuff off large surfaces. For example my large buffets and accent tables get wiped clean. Then I start the layering process which takes days. I used to put it all up in one day then realized I just have to much stuff and it causes stress to try to do it all at once besides cooking, cleaning etc.
country sampler gallery
When everything is clean I open one box of Christmas goodies and start decorating. I always light a candle, usually a holiday scent. I'm loving the fresh balsam and spice right now from BBW. Then I put on my holiday music my DH makes fun of me, I'm already listening to it, shhh... don't tell him. I never seem to tire of it. LOL!
I start with my garlands, wreaths and swags so I can layer everything on top. I like simple decorations that look natural without all the mess of the needles. I do love a fresh tree and we usually buy one but my house has plenty of trees without it. I put up a tree in every room. I'm addicted to the slim pine trees and I have 3 of those one of which stays up year round. Then I have little ones and a feather tree. I would love to get a german twig tree like this one.
It's from Walnut Traditions. I may have to go visit them to get mine. While we're on the subject of trees I can't help but think of my bedrooms and kitchen they have 9 ft. ceilings. Maybe we can have a giant tree in one those rooms. My guest room is afterall, empty?
After I'm done with my layering I begin with my other totes and beg for help from my family. My daughter will usually with help me with my Santa collection. I sometimes put my snowmen out at Christmas and sometimes I wait till January just to give me something to look forward to after the holidays. I try to do something a little differently the same every year but these all a must every year.
1. Little white lights
2. candles everywhere
3. my red/green plaid bows (I'm mad for plaid! LOL)
4. wreaths for every window (guess I better get shopping this year)
5. candle lights in every window
6. My santa collection usually spread out in the family room
7. themed trees, kitchen with gingerbread etc.
8. my manger scene from when I was a kid
9. sprigs of pine cones and greens tucked here and there
10. snow and a little village
This year I'm even more excited because I have a whole new house to decorate. I've never had a front porch so I just can't wait. Then mantles well, I've got three of them, yippee what else could a girl ask for?
I'll be back soon with a recipe and hopefully some great finds from the Prim show I'm attending with my sis on Saturday. More inspiration, huh? Until then stop by and tell me how you get in the mood for the season!