hello blog world! it has been a few days, hasn’t it? i hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving! mine was filled with toddler laughter (the best sound in the world), pumpkin bread + sweet memories made with those i hold dearest. thankful for so many things, but particularly in this crazy + unpredictable world: for family. in every shape and form.
now i am happy to welcome the christmas season! this year will be a first for brian and i: we are hosting his parents for the holiday! i am excited for this new adventure, and trying my best to think of everything before they come in to town so we can have lots of fun while they are here. we have never spent christmas in dallas before, so i welcome any locals’ suggestions of “must-do” christmas experiences around town. bring ‘em!
and while i truly love all of the gift guides floating around my favorite blogs lately (really: they have helped me snag a couple of gifts already!), i decided to not do that here. this year, i want to focus on simplicity; less is more, right?! this idea rings so true to me–especially in decorating for the holiday. i’ve decided to focus on a few items for our home, and let the christmas music and scented candles do the rest of the work. what will be in our home this year for christmas?
our christmas tree, of course! and…it’s fake. i grew up with real trees and absolutely relish the warm and familiar scent they bring the whole home, but because of our hectic lives/travel schedule, a real tree is not very practical. i have learned to embrace the easy-breezy way of the fake tree (no needles to vacuum, lights pre-strung + perfectly shaped tree every year) and light those candles i was referring to!
wreaths for the front windows and door! this is where i can justify fresh firs. it would be such a great way to welcome guests to our home with woodsy smell of christmas. i think i may add a bright red bow to each wreath as well!
mistletoe. i have never participated in the whimsical tradition that mistletoe inspires, but why not start now? i think our first christmas in our home is the perfect time to create new traditions together.
stockings. perhaps my favorite part of christmas morning is giving + receiving stocking stuffers. it was always the most memorable + cozy time of the day with my family: spent in our festive christmas pj’s and hot cocoa (or coffee as we got older) in our christmas mugs.
ornaments. who says ornaments need to solely adorn the tree? i have already pulled out some of my favorites to accent a christmas tray with candles on it, and am thinking of adding some to my table’s centerpiece as well. i love the look of mixing and matching ornaments by shape, size and color throughout the home.
i am busily decorating this week in prepartion for my parents to visit over the weekend, and will take some pictures for the blog as i add touches here and there. but in the meantime, i would love to know how you decorate! do you go all out, or do you let small details create that christmas feel for the home? happy decorating + celebrating!