Decking the Halls
With Christmas less than a week away, I thought I'd show you some Christmas decorations around our home. With 3 young kids we don't do anything terribly elaborate or breakable. Just about everything we have out gets handled by little hands, so if there's something I'd but upset about breaking, I don't use it. That's probably why my fine china has been kept safely in the cabinet for 10 years.
Over the years, we've been given various pieces of the Willow Tree Nativity. It's probably my favorite thing to put out each year. I started to put in on our sofa table, but then I had visions of the dog grabbing a wise man and chewing him to pieces. So the Nativity went on top of the TV cabinet, safe from the dog and kids. Mr. Helpful designed, built, and crackle-painted a custom creche a few years ago. We put lights behind it so the cut out star actually "shines".
I just realized that the 3rd wise man is hidden behind the 2nd wise man. He's back there.
The mantel is often the focal point of the room. Ours is pretty basic. A large mirror leans against the wall. Maybe someday we will actually hang it on the wall, but for now, it's leaning. Two mini-trees laced with cranberry beads cap off the ends. My mother-in-law made each of the stockings with our names embroidered on them. The stocking holders spell PEACE, which is ironic since there's not usually much peace to be found with kids' excitement for Christmas! But it was the only word I found with 5 letters. They should make one that says CRAZY. It's not very Christmasy, but it definitely describes my house this time of year. My only complaint about them is that they fall with the slightest pull on the stocking. So once Santa fills them, they will likely need to lay on the floor.
The tree sits in the corner with all kinds of non-coordinating ornaments. My family gave us an ornament shower when we got engaged, which gave us a great start to our collection. Many are handmade by our kids - some made by me when I was a kid!
In the other corner of the room I have wrapped presents that are really just empty boxes that I wrapped for decoration several years ago. But every year, the kids want to open them. Go figure. Some presents need to be replaced - they moved with us and spend most of the year packed up in the garage. They sit on top of our very classy piece of furniture: the dog crate. I made a custom cover for it, so it's not as bad as it once was. It's tucked in the corner out of the way, but I've never been real sure how to incorporate it into the room when it's not Christmas.
And that's our family room. All decked out. More Christmas stuff coming up this week! Have a great Monday!