Probably like a lot of you, my Christmas decorating has evolved a lot over the years. More and more I’m trying to simplify down to the things I really love.
My favorite combination is rustic with a lot of glitter, so woodland-themed Christmas decorations always catch my eye.
So I’ve kept that theme in mind when decorating this year.
Porch pots are one of my favorite things to do. In the past, I’ve started with boxwood bushes in the pots, but this year I used small arrangments from the hardware store.
I took out a few of the elements I didn’t like (red berries and velvet bows) and added in more of the stuff I do.
Cypress evergreens are great for draping in front of the pots. I got mine at a local garden center but Trader Joes often has them at this time of year.
I added in some ribbon, large ornaments, extra pinecones, and these battery-operated lights that operate on a timer.
For the front door, I took a swag of greenery (also found at the garden center) and added ribbon and bells.
I did the same garland treatment to both of our fireplaces. I started with a pre-lit garland and then added picks (some branches with smaller leaves for contrast, and tiny brown pinecone branches to keep it rustic).
When all of that was added I could hardly see the lights on the garland so I added more of the same battery-operated lights from the porch.
For many years it was my habit to do a silver and gold themed tree in the piano room, and to do a cluster of three smaller trees in the family room with our family and travel ornaments on them.
A few years back though, I simplified from multiple trees to one tree, first in the piano room and then in the family room where we could enjoy it more.
This tree is a pre-lit tree I bought many years ago from one of the big box stores. It’s a thin tree (to be honest it was always too thin for the piano room) but it works perfectly in this spot in the family room.
Even though the tree is pre-lit, I add a bunch of these lighted candles for even more light. (It’s still not quite enough light for me…next year I may add even more strands.)
For this tree, I started with green gingham ribbon that I literally bought off one of the display trees at Seasonal Concepts.
I added a lot of mercury glass ornaments that I had, along with round ornaments in greens and browns.
These glittered pinecones are my favorite. I have way too many of them.
Ditto the glittered reindeer.
I picked up three of these sweet little woodland birdhouses.
And two of these woodland Santas (I would have added more but two was all I could find).
The last thing I included were woodland picks, both glittery ones and some with leaves and berries. In lieu of a tree topper, I clustered several of the picks at the top of the tree.
How are you doing Christmas this year? Simple? All out? Traditional? Something new? I’d love to hear!