So even though we're only going to be at our house for a week before Christmas, I just had to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving decking the halls. After all, when we move back home on the 19th, I'm going to be a little preoccupied unpacking so thinking about decorating for Christmas at the same time would be a little overwhelming!
Of course we had to get a real tree, since we didn't get to have one last year. I love it but it was so hard to decorate because the branches are so dense! I guess it's better too full than not full enough. I should have taken some close-up pics of our ornaments, but maybe I will when we get back home. And I love the new throw I got at Target for $10
to hide the cat scratches on the arm of our lovely leather couch.
Garland on the chandelier: Hobby Lobby - $4. I think I'll get another strand for next year so I can extend it down the arms as well. I usually have lovely gold-flecked candle holders on the table as well, but of course those are in Ohio.
I love these snack plates Steven got from a co-worker last year. The table runner and napkins I got at Bed Bath & Beyond a couple years ago after Christmas for 75% off.
I love our china. It doesn't get used nearly enough, but it so pretty just sitting on the table (Waterford Kilbarry Platinum, in case you're interested). I got the snowflake napkin rings last year at Belk after Christmas. I think they were only a dollar or two each. I was going to set out our stemware, but was too afraid of the cats jumping up there and knocking them off.
I made the ribbon card holder a couple years ago. So easy! Take some ribbon, make a bow, hot glue it to another piece of ribbon, make a loop on the back for hanging, mod podge or hot glue some wrapping paper onto clothes pins and you're done! I also added some beaded curlicues as decoration.
I also have all of the Hallmark jingle pals sitting on the stairs (They come out with a new one each year and I have all 6. I love them.), and Steven's Appalachian Santas on the console table in the foyer. Somehow I missed getting a picture of those.
I am in a very festive mood. All I want to do is wear my Santa earrings, my jingle bell necklace, my Christmas socks and undies, drink hot chocolate, and watch Christmas movies. But I have to work on our Christmas cards, do a ton more shopping, not to mention lots of presents to make... oy. Why didn't I do all this in October and November so I could enjoy Christmas without the stress? But the stress is part of what makes Christmas fun, I think.
Hope you all have a very festive and enjoyable holiday season.