AHHHH. Christmas is ONE. WEEK. AWAY. *loud gasp* Now that I’ve told you a fact you already knew… today I’m going to show you guys how we’ve decorated our house for Christmas! This year we went easy on the small trinket decorations and instead used fresh greenery, which looks AMAZING. Hopefully this post will give you some decorating inspiration and spread a little Christmas spirit. 😉
Firstly, we drove around the farm and cut literally heaps of cedar, white pine, holly, and so on. We snipped the branches into manageable pieces, then used floral wire to attach them to a long piece of thicker wire.
We mostly used cedar for this garland, tucking in bits of holly after we hung it up. Sadly, the holly dried out all too soon after I took this picture, so right now it’s just a cedar garland.
I think it adds a beautiful, elegant touch, don’t you? (I apologize if it doesn’t look that way in the picture… The hall is rather poorly lit. : ) Oh, and notice those frames? They hold mainly the old letters and papers we found in the log house. 🙂
We also decorated the three mantels downstairs. I only have pictures of this one, but the other two are similar, only with candles instead of pinecones and lights. It’s too bad the TV has to ruin the effect on this one, but there’s not really another good place to put it…
Here you can see the details a little better. I LOVE this picture! Megan painted the edges of each pinecone with white acrylic paint; then we added them to an abundance of cedar branches, and wound in a string or two of peppermint lights to make the whole thing glow. ❤
Making garlands is a lot of work, so we decided to take a more minimal approach outside. XD Mom made an enormous wreath with a huge form and red bow she had for the side porch, where people usually come into the house. (I took this picture while it was snowing – thus the white blurs. XD)
Megan and I each attached a little bunch of greenery and a bow to two old runner sleds we have. They look quite cheery on the front porch. 🙂
It took me a while to figure out the best way to tie the bows, even though they’re so simple. Using a small amount of wired ribbon doesn’t help anything, though. XD
And that’s about it for the greenery. Well, for that scale, anyway… now for the Christmas tree! We found a nice tree farm just a few minutes away from us. It was almost the perfect weather for Christmas-tree-hunting: cold enough to feel Christmasy, but not bone-chillingly, miserably freezing. 😛
Of course, we had to traverse practically the whole place before we found the right one, but we did at last! It wasn’t perfect by any means (it has a huge gap in the back), but it was about the tallest one we could find (8-9 feet), and we wanted a big one for our Great Room. 😀
We had to go get more lights that night since we didn’t have enough to wrap around the tree. XD We could even fit all the ornaments on with room to spare this time – amazing! Doesn’t it look magical? We turned the lights off and listened to Christmas music while drinking hot chocolate and admiring our handiwork after we finished. So lovely. ❤
The tree is one of my favorite decorations because it makes the whole house feel SO festive and cozy and Christmasy. Non-religious decorations certainly aren’t necessary to the holiday and can be distracting, but I do think they can contribute to making the season feel special, set-apart, and full of awe, which is what we should feel when celebrating Christ’s birth.
Isn’t this picture neat? I love how the hall looks cold and dark, but the open doorway leads your eye to the cozy, warm room beyond.
Speaking of warm rooms, the fireplace really does heat things up. I LOVE IT. We all do, especially Mom. I kinda don’t want to leave it after supper and go upstairs to my chilly studio to do more productive things… so sometimes I don’t. 😉 It’s especially perfect for Christmas time.
When I think of this nativity scene, I think of unwrapping the fragile brown crepe paper from porcelain figures which seep with cold from being stored in the outer regions of the house for months. This nativity scene has survived many years with only minor injuries and losses, and now it gets to be displayed in our new house for the first time. 🙂
And that, my dears, is a small tour of our ready-for-Christmas home. I hope this post was as cozy and fun to read as it was to write. 🙂
Did you decorate your house for Christmas? If so, what is your favorite decoration? Have you made garlands or wreaths before? And aren’t wood fireplaces grand?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. I’m trying something new – drastically cutting the amount of pictures in a post, but posting twice a week. We’ll see how it goes! Look out for one more Christmas post before the 25th. 🙂 Until then!