Decorating for Christmas

No better time than the eve of Christ’s birth to talk about Christmas decorations. In preparation of the birthday celebration and Santa’s arrival, we pulled out the green & red storage tubs full of goodies and got ornamental up in here.

I decided this was the year to replace the little wire hangers on our ornaments with real ribbon. It only took about an hour to string about one hundred yule-tide balls and I love the overall effect. Since all of our ornments match, I went with a thin white ribbon for all. If you have a more electic style of tree embellishment, then a variety of different ribbons would look effortless and less matchy-matchy. Either way, no more running out for tetnus shots the week of Christmas because of wire-jabbed fingers.

The number one thing on my new-to-do-this-Christmas list was copy this idea. C’mon, nothing says Jesus is born like a disco ball! And since Jeremy and I used much smaller disco ball ornaments in the past – it was the milk to my cookies and brought me a whole lotta good cheer! Of course our color scheme is different from the Cottage Living interpretation – more traditional colors with a very untraditional ‘star’.

We placed the tree in the den this year instead of the living room. And it was my brilliant boyfriend’s idea to place it in front of the window (I had it in the corner – what was I thinking?!?!). Now you can see the lights from the street – YAY! Yes and here is a fun Bower Power fact – guess how many lights are on our tree…give up?…no clue?…I did the math and it is in the neighborhood of 3200. Sort of overboard I guess. But this gives Santa from Atlanta no excuse for missing our house. It’s the one on fire.

When we removed the curtains, the curtain rod just begged for embellishment. I found an old Southern Living At Home catalog that featured a fireplace with round ornaments hanging with ribbon. Thus our blinged out curtain rod. I kinda think it looks like musical notes. And I love the shadow it casts on the wall. Oh and if you ever need some southern inspiration – look at the SLAH catalog for a quick boost.

The naked fireplace was so bare before. Now it has some candlesticks, faux garland, little white and red balls of yule-tide, and black & white ribbon giving it an infusion of Christmas fun. I know what you are thinking…it is missing something. Alas, we have no stockings. The shame. We definitely need to order some this year – do I hear post-holiday shopping?!?!

Ornaments got scattered all over the house – but this was one of my favorite displays. Our white ceramic horse head got the holiday treatment with a couple jingle bells (mini disco balls) and a silvery ribbon necklace. A few ornaments in small glass vases and you have yourself a sleek, modern (and super easy) display!

The den’s coffee table got in on the action with ornaments galore and a bowl of Christmas kisses (no mistletoe required). The starry origami ornament is too big for our tree – but just right on a tabletop. And when the morning light hits the disco balls in the big bowl – it takes everything in me not to bust a John Travolta move. Seriously – the whole room lights up like Studio 54! It’s totally groovy :)

I think a couple elves got a hold of our giraffes…those sparklers are too funny! Look’s like we have another Vixen in the house – and this ain’t no reindeer! Meow!

Well, I hope that you all had fun decorating your house for the big day. I know (understatement ahead) we had a good time. During all our preparations, I still thought of you and your great holiday ideas. Some peeps like sugarplums – me, I like decor…so I have a few questions that I hope you can answer in the affirmative. Will Santa be proud? Are your stockings hung with care? Could your tree ‘sleigh’ me with delight? It is the greatest gift to spend time with family and friends – but a close second is a house full of reminders of this wonderful winter holiday.
Merry Christmas Eve!



  1. mrs.leah.maria says

    I’m in love with your thingy behind the tree! Gorgeous, Jesus would definitely approve of those disco balls.

  2. Freckles Chick says

    LOL @ Jesus-approved disco balls.

    I adore that you stuck to red, white and silver. Gorgeous impact. Oh hell, now I want to replace all our wire ornament loops w/ ribbon. (although my recent tetanus shot should get me thru the next few years).

    You ‘sleigh’ me with your witty commentary!

  3. Michael says

    Meow, lol.

    I love the giraffes. Seriously, next year you’re coming over to my house and decorating for me. Your home is stunning!

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

  4. Beth says

    I am new to your blog – and I love it! You have a great sense of humor! And congratulations on your pregnancy! I know this post was from last year, but I was wondering if you would give a little tutorial on your tree topper. I have been searching for just the perfect topper for my naked tree top and have never found something I liked until this! The link in the post doesn’t seem to work right and I was wondering where you found the giant disco ball and how you attached it to your tree and if it is attached to your beautiful bows? I failed bow-making class unfortunately – but I still keep on trying! :)

    • says

      Welcome Beth! I love me some new faces around these parts :) And sorry about the link – I guess that when Cottage Living went under, they took some of their online content with them. As for the tree topper – I found the giant disco ball at Hobby Lobby – and they do carry them again this year, so you can head on over and snag one (don’t forget your online coupon if christmas stuff isn’t on sale right now). And we attached it to the ceiling with a cup hook. It was really simple. Just figure out where your topper would go and instead of attaching it to the top of the tree, screw in a cup hook and hang your topper plus the ribbons. You can adjust the top stem of your tree to make it actually appear like the topper is on the tree versus hanging on the ceiling. Then all you gotta do is pull down your ribbons and curl them to perfection :)

      Good Luck & Happy Christmas Decorating!

      XO – K to the B

  5. Beth says

    Thank you Katie! I made a run to Hobby Lobby at lunch and lo and behhold I too will be saying Happy Birthday Jesus with a disco ball (insert booty dance here)! :) Gotta love that! And the cup hook – BRILLIANT! Would have never guessed it – and that little optical illusion will be perfect instead of trying to wrestle with the top of the tree! Merry merry to you!

  6. Carrie says

    Hi Katie, I have been reading your blog awhile now and I am trying to recreate the disco ball tree topper that I feel in LOVE with after seeing it on your blog. Quick question, what size disco ball did you use? I found one at Hobby Lobby but it does not appear to be the same size as the one in your photos? Thanks for your time.

    • says

      It is about 9 inches across…maybe a little bigger…but yeah, it’s not the size of a softball – it’s larger – like a canteloupe. And I got it at Hobby Lobby so maybe you can ask if a different store has larger ones.
      xo – kb

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