I don't do alot of Christmas decorating. I'll be honest I'm just not a fan of decorating the inside of my house for Christmas, I mean its just alot of stuff to store for 11 months out of the year! I tend to keep things simple and to use things that have meaning or a story behind it.
The first Christmas tradition is that my daughter and I always buy a Christmas ornament for the tree each year. This year we actually got 4.
Sloan picked out this wooden bird from Silver in the City. A cool little shop on Mass Avenue near downtown Indy.
Go figure I picked out a handmade owl from Silver in the City. Cute eh!
Then the next 2 were my daughter's idea, its an H and N for our baby girls we lost this summer, who are obviously still very much in our hearts.
Our tree is a collection of our yearly ornament tradition, handmade ornaments my daughter made at school and 11 ornaments with Sloan's photo in it for each year to reflect her age! We always get a real tree every year even though each year I think we should buy an artificial one when Christmas is over but by then I'm done with Christmas!
The kitchen is pretty simple, I hang my Williams Sonoma red and green towels on the stove. Here's a secret, I've been using WS towels when I was young and broke and the only thing I could afford in the store were the towels. I decorated the table with our Williams Sonoma hot chocolate mugs and I bring out my Granny Kaye's salad bowl and fill it with my Christmas cookie cutters, then on the window I put pinecones in my pots and glued some berries on them.
In my dining room I put my Christmas dishes in the hutch and line the back of the hutch with some Christmas fabric, change out the chandelier candles to red and set the table with my dishes and some sparkly pinecones Sloan made for me more then 5 years ago.
The last room I did was the living room, of course that's where the tree is but I also decorated the mantle with fresh evergreen and our stockings and some candles, a side table with our advent Calendar that is my daughter's favorite part of Christmas and a snowman I painted last year at the local pottery place and a Santa key that my daughter thought Santa used in a previous house when we had no fireplace.
I really think its the personal stuff that makes the holidays mean something and the very reason I started this blog, its about making your house into a home!
Oh wait, I have to show off my husband's handy work outside with his lights! Great job honey!!