I love simple joys and I don’t think there’s a season filled with more of them than Christmas time. I enjoy driving though neighborhoods decorated with Christmas lights, buying gifts for loved ones, and baking Christmas cookies. One of my favorite aspects of Christmas is the decorating. I have fond memories from my childhood of decorating our house and tree, along with my brother and I (to my mom’s dismay) “playing” with our very fragile Christmas village. And yes, one of the ceramic men unfortunately had his head broken off due to our antics. But don’t worry, we glued it back on!
Ever since John and I got married in 2013, I’ve always wanted to decorate for Christmas. But with the busyness of moving multiple times over the past few years, it never really worked out. We moved over the holidays in both 2014 and 2015, so it didn’t make sense to spend much time decorating. We had a mini tree with tiny ornaments and I would decorate the railing of our apartment porches with lights, but I wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted. The main thing I dreamed of was a full-size tree. Thankfully, we’ve lived in our current place for almost a year and don’t have plans to move anytime soon, so this year we felt like it was finally time to buy a tree. I’ve enjoyed decorating so much that I thought I would give you a quick tour of what our house looks like right now.
We don’t have many ornaments yet, but I actually like that because I’m looking forward to gradually filling up our tree over the coming years with meaningful ornaments.
I bought this one after John and I got married in 2013.
Speaking of marriage, this is an ornament my family and I made to give to our family members after John and I got engaged in 2012. I know it’s not professional looking but it’s a special one.
This is a cute one that John’s parents gave us in honor of us buying our camper last year!
As you can imagine, we bought this one in 2013, which was the year we adopted Oliver. :)
John’s grandma Kay is super talented at all things craft related, so a few years ago she gave us this ornament that she hand-sketched.
We bought this cool windsurfing Santa on our trip to Hawaii last year!
And now onto my other Christmas decorations!
We put stockings up for the first time this year! We bought the “E” and the “J” last year but didn’t put them up since we were in the process of moving. Throughout last year, I wanted to find an “O” stocking for Oliver that matched ours, but could never find one. This year, I was able to snag one back in November. I love our little stocking set up (and Oliver’s only knocked them down once so far, haha).
Last Christmas, I drank Cheerwine for the first time (it’s a yummy soda, you should try it). I thought the bottle looked festive and I had the idea that using it as a vase for a few cranberry sprigs would be a cute Christmas decoration. So I held onto it and went to Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago to buy the cranberry springs, along with these two shiny, silver trees. Super inexpensive decorating, guys! But I like how it looks.
Speaking of shiny things, I also bought this reindeer at Hobby Lobby. I thought it was so simple and pretty.
And then here are a few of our outdoor decorations, which I’ve already talked about on my Instagram.
Guys, I’m OBSESSED with our polar bear decorations. I’ve always wanted something like this and they make me happy whenever I see them.
Also, this happened last night. If you know Oliver, you know this isn’t a surprise. But so far nothing has been knocked down or broken, so let’s hope it stays that way!
As you can see, we don’t have a ton of Christmas décor yet, but I’ve been enjoying collecting things gradually and I love what we do have. The Christmas season has inspired me to start decorating our house more and our living room has started to feel like the cozy nook I’ve always wanted it to be. Until recently, I didn’t have any decorations hanging on the walls and I think part of that was because we’ve moved a lot over the past few years and I was feeling a little burnt out from constantly reorganizing everything. But once the Christmas season started to roll around and the time change had us spending more time inside, I started feeling inspired to do a little decorating. I’ve started envisioning some things I want to do with the house after Christmas is over and I’m excited to work on it.
Between 2013 and 2015, we moved four times. That many changes within such a short amount of time was stressful. I think the fact that we didn’t have a Christmas tree felt almost symbolic to me of how hectic things had been. After going through our third year of marriage without having a Christmas tree last year, I set my sights on December 2016 and said that this year would be the year it finally made sense to get one. So really, our tree wasn’t just about having a pretty decoration, but also about the fact that our living situation was settled enough that we could have a tree. That doesn’t mean that our lives are suddenly super calm right now. We still have a lot going on. But I’m grateful that we’ve been able to have the comfort and fun of a Christmas tree this year. Sometimes it’s the small things that mean so much.