Hello friends! It's the most wonderful time of the year and the busiest! I can't believe how fast December is passing by. I say this every year but it always amazes me how quickly the Christmas season comes and goes. I have been busy with work and preparing for the holidays. Thankfully I don't have much shopping to do as our family does minimal gift giving, just buying for my niece and nephew. This makes things much easier and more affordable. I cannot stand malls and parking lots at this time of year so I try my best to avoid it. I do love to cook and spend lots of time preparing a menu for what I plan to make over the holidays. Lasagna and garlic bread are a staple for my family at Christmas time. I also like to do some sort of breakfast casserole and this year I plan to do quiche. I love having lots of different appetizers and snacks and try to make something new every year but often return to favourites like bacon wrapped water chestnuts, crockpot meatballs and shrimp cocktail. I am so looking forward to having time off of work spent with family and friends over the holidays. Unfortunately I am working Christmas day but then I have 7 days off!!
This year for décor I really stuck with greens, gold and white with some touches of burlap. I love getting a fresh tree but found this faux, pre lit one on sale for $100 at Canadian Tire and I am so thrilled with it. I cannot tell you how much I love not having to string lights! My ornaments are mostly gold, silver and white along with some flocked pinecones which I love.
I use a piece of burlap as my tree skirt and I have found Poppy cuddling in this spot on several occasions.
I also purchased a few 9ft faux eucalyptus garlands with battery operated twinkle lights. I thought they would be great for the holidays and I also plan to use them for our wedding next fall. They were $50 each on Black Friday so I grabbed 4 of them and have two on display, one for the mantle and one on the railing.
I recently replaced out cheapo coffee table with this cedar trunk my mom gave me. I chalked painted it and lightly distressed it and love how it fits with our living room décor.
I used some faux greenery and garlands I have picked up over the years from the dollar store throughout the main floor and on our floating shelves in the dining room. My goal was to keep things simple this year as I sometimes get a bit overwhelmed with the "clutter" that Christmas décor can bring.
I love birch logs for Christmas and winter décor. I framed some Christmas song lyrics and also used a potato stamp and craft paper for this DIY Christmas Tree décor. This is also a great way to make your own wrapping paper!
In the basement I like to incorporate more classic and rustic red décor.
I hope to finally tackle our downstairs TV room in the new year. It desperately needs a fresh coat of paint and I also plan to paint the laminate bookshelves and change up the decor. I have an amazing beam from a nearby barn that was demolished that I want to add to the fireplace mantle and also add some shiplap above it. We are not quite ready to replace our upstairs living room furniture so our mismatched basement furniture will have to do a little bit longer. I am hoping we can afford to replace our couches after the wedding *fingers crossed :). I would really like to add a flocked tree to the basement next year with some awesome rustic, woodland inspired ornaments. Think cozy!!
I decorated earlier than I ever have this year but have had a hard time getting good lighting (+energy) for photos. I love the evenings most with the glow of Christmas lights!!
Anyone else in hibernation mode yet? (my hand is raised). I was so thrilled that we got snow recently but the temperatures gone up and it’s even been raining so I’m not sure we actually will have a white Christmas. A girl can dream tho right? :)
Wishing you and yours the merriest Christmas and happiest New Year!!