It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I was processing this all and my reasoning is that this holiday represents everything that I am: faith, happiness and family. So this time of year – I go all out.

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Yes, I am one of those who decorates way ahead of the day after Thanksgiving, but this year we had a little mishap. We have a Texas basement (walk-in attic) that stores all of our Christmas decor. One of our toddlers shoved something in the lock. My husband had to do some unscrewing – but we finally got into the Christmas stuff last week and this weekend, I spent dressing the house up as Christmas. While I like to add Christmas to every room of the house with a little Christmas here and there, so far I’ve only made it thru the downstairs.

Here’s a little Christmas home tour. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s home.

Gigantic Christmas Tree

Last year for my birthday, I asked for a Christmas tree. It was obnoxious, but my justification was that:

1. I was asking for a CHRISTMAS TREE for my birthday. Who asks for a Christmas tree for their birthday?

2. Our 10-year-old tree had finally bit the dust.

3. This room needed this tree.

Christmas Tree too tall
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See, we have this awesome room with 15 foot ceilings. It has massive windows which face the front of the house. I remember when we were house shopping – I walked into this home and declared our front room as the Christmas room. 2 years later, yes it is just that. The problem is trying to decorate a gigantic tree is quite comical. So while the tree is gorgeous, making this a decorated gorgeous tree isn’t happening.

Christmas Tree Candle
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I secretly hope to find a live Christmas tree for cheap to squeeze in the family room (good thing my husband doesn’t read my blog regularly!). I love the smell, so until then I’ll use a candle that smells like live Christmas tree.

Lighted Garland on the Stairs

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Our stairs are in the front entry and I love this garland. Last year the lights quit, I just rewrapped the garland in standard lights and unless you eyeball it closely,  you’d never know.

Side note: Did you see Ted? Yes, he is back and now lives on the stairs most of the time – because this bear is 59 inches tall and takes up half of our sectional.

Family Room

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The family room is magic at night. I love to sit in here and take in the lights. When it’s not Christmas, this room feels to bare – more reason to decorate early.

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Nothing fancy here on the fireplace mantle, but I do have to point out the stockings you can barely see. Last year, after years of hinting (years, as in 16 years) – my Mother-in-Law handed each person in our family a gift box. In each was a personalized stocking she had made. She is a great gift giver, but this one took the cake!

Kitchen

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This is our kitchen dining nook and the photo does NO justice!

I had painted an accent wall in the dining nook with chalkboard paint a while back. Typically the kids have this graffiti’d with some kind of chalk art. Wanting something Christmasy for this gigantic wall, I made a wall tree out of lights and green tape and red shiny garland (see last year’s felt Christmas wall tree).

Christmas Mood

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To complete the Christmas feel – as soon as the decorations go up, Christmas music plays on the SONOS and I change out my scents. I am very seasonal with my home scents.The pumpkin smells go away and I add in the aroma of Christmas.  I love Glade Sparkling Spruce, which I can just drop into my wax melter. Every week on my grocery shopping trip, I pick up a new Christmasy smell.

With 3 boys, it helps the house smell less kid-ish. Hey us moms need to take whatever we can get! No clean floors, toys everywhere, dishes piled in the sink, mountains of laundry – but at least there are Christmas decorations up and it #smellsclean – which I consider a mom win. 

There’s a quick Christmas house tour of where we are so far!

Merry Christmas Y’all!

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