If you’ve been following my blog for a couple of years, you probably know what we’re doing today. 🙂 My family gets a live Christmas tree every year and most years we also decorate our farmhouse with festive greenery and other fun stuff. So I, being a photographer, take lots of pictures so that you guys, being amazing, can read about our adventures. 🙂
Ready for this year’s house tour? Let’s go!
First, getting the Christmas tree. Good news, guys! It went better than last year! Hehe, but if you remember this post, you’ll know that’s not saying much. :’D But yeah, we redeemed last year’s small disasters with a tree that we all agree is pretty much perfect! ❤ Anyway. Starting off with a car photo after stopping at Wendy’s for lunch on the way. 😉
The hardest part was finding a Christmas tree farm. The one we went to last year was closed, but probably just as well since we had probably a 5% chance of finding a nice, tall one like we really wanted this time. We were about to go to Lowe’s (*GASP*), when Mom looked it up and found a new tree farm! And thankfully, they had waaay nicer and taller trees.
Like THIS tall! (Hehe.) But unfortunately, waaaaay higher prices as well. Why on earth do Christmas trees cost so much? I think they went up this year, because they were about as high at Lowe’s too. Crazy.
Anyway, we decided to go ahead and get this tree which was (*gasp again*) seriously the FIRST tree we came up to inspect. We wandered around just a bit because it wasn’t possible for our family to make a decision that fast… right? Apparently it was. No one complained that it wasn’t a good tree, and no one was getting over being sick like last year. It was wonderful!
Now for the other best part – decorating the tree! 🙂 It took a while to get home because we had a couple of other stops to make, but eventually we made it. I believe this is the first year we’ve had to use a ladder to decorate it because 1) we’re all tall and 2) we don’t usually get a 10 foot tree. 😛
Decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favorite Christmas traditions – ahh, it’s just so special and cozy and yields such a beautiful result! We had to rush a bit since friends were coming over in an hour or two, but it was still quite fun. 🙂
And here’s the finished product! I still can’t get over how lovely it is. ❤ (Please ignore the unphotogenic iPad which I should have moved but didn’t notice.) (And now that I said something you won’t be able to ignore it, oops…)
Alright! Now for the rest of the Christmas decorations. Carmen and I spent a LONG time trying to figure out the perfect placement for the nativity figurines. :’D
Ta-daa! This is what we decided on. 🙂
Mom, meanwhile, was finishing the beautiful garland she had made and we’d helped her hang in the hall. And yes I should definitely have waited ’til we swept the floor to take a picture but I didn’t. OOPS AGAIN.
Didn’t it turn out so nice?? *heart eyes* It makes walking up and down the stairs to my room and studio so much more fun. Hehe.
Instead of attaching the garland with wire this year, we tied burlap bows at intervals to both hold it up and decorate it. Definitely the way to go.
This dresser thing holds a bowl of pinecones year round, but we freshened up the decor with more greenery. (Guys, we probably collected enough cedar branches to reconstruct two whole trees. :’D )
While we’re in the hall, we might as well take a peek at the porch outside. Mom made more wreaths for the two doors, which Maggie is guarding. 😉
I love how the front porch turned out! Mom and I struggled with the garland over the door, but (mostly) got it to stay up. I love the simple colors and contrast of black, white, red, and green. ❤ Also as you can sort of see on the top right, WE GOT SNOW. Only flurries, though. It didn’t stick. *sigh*
Okay, back inside to the warmth and the great room. Another decoration we made this year was paper bag snowflakes! I saw it on Instagram here (check out her “Christmas” highlight for a longer tutorial) and it worked suprisingly well! It’s super simple.
I hung one in each window. So cute! (This was before we got the Christmas tree, which now stands where the Norfolk Island Pine plant was.)
We also put up the Advent calendars since Carmen likes to fill them up, and… shocking! Added more greenery, to the top of the secretary desk. Hehe.
Okay, almost done. I still have the dining room and library to show you. (We got really excited about decorating this year. 😉 ) Since the dining room is a more formal room, Mom kept things simple with mainly more greenery.
Wow, I’m really happy with how my editing turned out for these photos if I do say so myself. Maybe I can finally settle on a preset and use it uniformly. :
Anway, on the other side we have more greenery + candles on the mantel. The cute red pillow from my great grandma was already there.
A rare non-greenery decoration! This cute little deer looks so proud of himself. XD
That’s it for the dining room. We’ll end with the library, where Mom mainly just added greenery and candles again. Check out this post for more library photography, back when we still hadn’t painted the bookshelves.
And that, my friends, is at least a partial tour of our very Christmas-ified house! I hope you enjoyed walking around with me and getting in a festive mood. 😛 It’s always a fun post to make.
Do you usually decorate for Christmas? Which room’s decorations were your favorite?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.