When Santa makes his appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade then it’s really Christmas time! That’s always been my holiday decorating motto. My grandmother is probably rolling in her grave as I type this…after all she was Mrs. Christmas. Usually the day after Halloween her tree would go up and Bing Crosby would be playing throughout her home.
Not really my style but I had mad respect for her decorating skills! This year I was so excited to decorate our first home for the holidays. We’ve still be hanging things and painting(more of that in the spring) but decorating felt much-needed. Judd pulled the boxes down from the attic and we got to work.
Our tree is fake. Before you ask why let me explain. Judd’s allergies don’t do well with real trees. Plus our fake tree has lights already assembled in it. Makes the setup real easy! It’s not super tall which is nice for me. I was not blessed with the “height” gene. My brother lucked out with that one!
I’ve never been one for matching trees. Growing up my parents always had trees with so many different ornaments. Each one had a story. Same goes for our tree. This year we decided to get Gus an ornament. While I want to buy a Boston ornament we found this paw print making kit and decided to try it. For one, Gus always has dirty paws! He was a good sport and let Judd imprint his paw into the mold. A few days of drying and it was completed!
The bar decorations are from Judd’s grandmother. Her decorating was always on point at her home! Now that she splits her time between Judd’s mom and his aunt’s home, she let me have some of those decorations. Of course I love anything with glitter! The nutcracker was a gift from my grandparents the same year that I danced in the nutcracker ballet.
As for our dining room table I tried to keep it simple. The table runner is Judd’s grandmother’s. I love how the snowflake runner looks on the wood table! The small poinsettia is from Publix. Each year I buy one for the house as an homage to my grandmother. It was her favorite flowers to have around the house especially at Christmas time.
The stockings are not where I want them to be but they work here for now. Gus already has toys wrapped up in his so I couldn’t set them to low to the ground or else he would tear them up!
We decided to avoid putting lights up this year on the house. It would’ve been too much with Judd’s work schedule and our Thanksgiving travel plans. We figured next year we will put lights up and even get a nice door wreath. This year I stuck with this heart-shaped wreath and bells from World Market. Simple yet sweet!