I haven't put up a single decoration and I really don't care if I do or not. When we built our home my husband wanted a tall Christmas tree and now, well, I really despise that tree and have an adult temper tantrum (that's a real thing you know) every time I have to put the lights on. I'm getting too old to be standing on a ladder precariously balancing in a ridiculous effort to string lights on a "pre-strung" tree that hasn't worked from day one (but don't get me started on that one).
My boys are grown and really don't care if I decorate or not so I'm giving myself permission to opt out this year. It's really quite a relief. Have you ever had a year where you just weren't in the mood for all that jazz and decided to keep it simple? The world didn't end, did it?
I went a little overboard last year so here's a look at those decorations:
Last fall my husband made one of these orbs for the front yard, they are meant to be "party lights" but work out great for Christmas lights. We have never, ever had outdoor lights so this year is a special treat!
This is the view from the front of the driveway. There is still one more orb off to the right of the picture (near the weeping cherry). You can find a little more information on the light orbs here.
This is my newest little tree. I've never had a white tree but I found this one cheap and figured I'd give it a try. This sits in the entryway at the front door. My grandma gave me the toy truck and I used cookie tins (leftover from the cookie bake) as "presents".
I made the garland with straws and an old beaded necklace, found some ornaments buy1/get2 Free at Michaels and added some ribbon bows, I love using them for ornaments.
This three-tier basket normally sits in the dining room year round. I change out what it holds depending on the season. I recently decoupaged my coffee table, I am not meant to own glass top tables!
This little Santa Cookie Jar was my grandma's.
I used ribbon for my mantle, really easy. I found little star ornaments at the dollar store that I've used throughout the house. My grandmother made the Santa Pitcher.
The Dining Room with a view of one of the light orbs out front. I made the placemats from some leftover fabric my grandmother gave me, the little grapevine tree in the back corner sits out year round, sometimes I add things to it for the holiday but more often than not it sits with a little garland on it and some lights all the time.
I saw the book tree somewhere on the internet and fell in love. I always have books laying around. The "candlesticks" are old spools that I've simply put a candle on with a decorative piece of garland. Took me five minutes to do the table.
I love the little book tree. One of the books (second from the bottom) was made by my mom. I'll be showing more detail about it in the near future. She does lots of artsy fartsy things and this is one of them.
I leave the wreath in the chandelier year round as well. I love how it looks. For holidays I simply add a little detail. This year I hung some snowflake ornaments. Easy Peasy! The paper ball garland on the hutch is a recent addition as well. I made it from leftover magazines and added some ribbon ties for dimension.
These are Dollar Tree ornaments that I've used throughout the house.
I couldn't leave the loft area alone this year. I'm up there quite a bit now so it had to have a tree or two as well. My poor little tree skirt in the background has seen better days. It usually goes with another tree but Ms. Pepper (the new puppy) had other ideas this year.
My tabletop tree is stacked cookie tins with some tree branches coming out the top. So many more things I could of done to jazz it up but I'm decorated out. Next year!
This table sitting area is located right at the top of the stairs. We use the little tree on the ledge for a night light. Works great. I love the red with the atlas accent wall, I'm thinking I need new curtains up here!
The view from upstairs into the living room. I do not do garland up the staircase, do you? I am nervous to try because I clean up enough needles, fake or real, the thought of adding to that is more than I can take. Instead, I throw a Santa hat on every other post. Done! Looks cute and couldn't be easier.
Have you gotten your Christmas decorating done or are you not "feeling it" this year either? Either way, however you choose to spend the Holiday I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!