The decorating started right inside our front door. I found this adorable little snow globe that plays jingle bell rock. Everett loves it. I put it in our entry with our keys and a free printable and hope that it stays in one piece.
For the tree and mantle, I got a few more squishy ornaments that my kids can't break and added a few things I snagged from clearance or my sister snagged from out her back door in Reno, Nevada.
|pinecone from Nevada, argyle tree - target clearance 2012, bird- target 2013, miniature tree- walmart|
We actually found an immense 9 foot tree for 30 bucks right around the corner from us. Sure, it was so big it bent and broke the tree stand and caused the tree to fall over ... and sure, it needed 4 strands of 20 foot lights to cover it... but I love it.
This year I wanted to devote a place for all the kids Christmas stuff. I wanted it to be something they could play with and get into whenever they wanted and something that would get them excited for Christmas. I ended up using a corner of the living room that we keep their toys in. I made sure that we have all our Christmas books, nativity set, Christmas countdown and a little tree they can play with. Our chalkboard reflects what I hope we're doing this month. Making the emphasis Jesus' birth and not Santa. We aren't completely ruling the jolly fellow out, but we just want to place the emphasis on the importance of the best gift ever! We added our Christmas card display there too, since Everett loves looking at the pictures of our friends and family.
I still have my own nativity display atop our bookcase, so little fingers can't break things. I absolutely love these two printables that I got last year. I added some of our woodsy pinecone garland from last year and love the way it turned out.
I just love this view. If it was acceptable, and my tree wasn't real, I would leave it up all the time. Just looking at it makes me happy. Now, I'm off to enjoy that tree and some afternoon coffee.