Holy Moly Christmas in the house. I can’t believe it was already here. Already done. Already over. I feel like I bathed in everything Christmas this year. I literally swam in it. It’s dripping off of me like droplets of tiny sparkly, festive molecules. I intended to just dip a toe or two in but then I dove in…head first…having no appropriate attire on…just complete abandon. And when it was here….my gosh, was I in it. It was divine and holy and feels finished in the best possible way.
Now on to house decorations.
Will came home one day after preschool and mentioned that he wanted a Christmas tree. I figured they must have started talking about the holidays in class or the playground and so I asked “well, what kind of tree do you want?!”
Orange and blue. (if I charge my phone enough to get the video off of him saying so, I’ll add it to this post).
I figured that Jeremy would be ticked. After all…Jeremy is a Tennessee fan…orange is ok…blue? not unless that blue is the color of the faces of Auburn fans…or Florida fans. So instead of going with royal blue or navy, I went with the baby blue as the main color of choice. And it is appropriate…seeing as how this is the year of boys for us.
With color scheme on the table, I knew that the next step would be to make this sucker as child-proof as possible (seeing as how Weston still doesn’t really understand what NO means) and frankly, the last thing I want to do is worry about glass shards on the floor. Here’s what I came up with…
During the evening, it still glows just like a normal tree…even with the wacky fun color scheme. It still reminds me of Christmas and all those warm fuzzies as if the ornaments were green and red and gold. And the look on Will’s face when he saw his request come to life? Oh dear baby Jesus…it was as if Santa himself was right there with us delivering a life size monster truck with his name on it.
The tree topper is actually an old styrofoam ball (it lived a previous life as the head of Mickey Mouse for Will’s birthday party) and Will and I jammed straws into it, spraypainted it all orange and then wrapped the entire thing with orange yarn. Will requested a star (this is our first!) and I kinda love the homemade goodness of it. I also like the idea just as decoration in a kid’s room. A few of these over a changing table or as a corner decoration would be amazingly graphic and fun.
The entire thing started with the fabric garland…simple squares of different fabric sewn together to make a long string of fun. And then I cut out the alphabet from a diaper box and painted them all baby blue (I hung them with blue paper clips).
My orange yarn came in handy because that is what I made my pom-pom ornaments with…
and all the extra clippings got thrown into 88 cent plastic fillable ornaments. These are awesome and next year I hope to buy up a ton of them (Walmart had them but my local one sold out in a week and a half…that means in August, they sold out.)
This year I also did a grown up tree just for me. I have always wanted a white tree…and since our orange-and-blue one was a hand-me-down-freebie, I had no problem shelling out $40 on this six foot white version. I decided to put it in the little alcove in our foyer because it was the most child-free space in our house (we usually gate off the kitchen and the living room so that the boys can’t get up the stairs (and when I say boys, I mean Weston…because Will is pretty adept at climbing over our ottoman-turned-baby-gate).
The rest of the foyer got a little silvery splash too.
The foyer table got a simple mercury glass bowl atop a mirror (confession…it’s not really a mirror anymore because Jeremy accidentally slammed the front door and this mirror that was in the reading room fell and shattered) so I put some glitter wrapping paper in it and set the deer on top. I love how he looks like he is sniffing the glitter. May we all be glitter-snorting.
Speaking of deer, I moved the faux taxidermy deer head out of my office and put it in the foyer about two months ago. I love it watching over us.
Last year my mom gave me these oversized JOY letters. They were going to get painted but then I couldn’t decide on what color…so instead I wrapped them with strands of tinsel. It is just tied on and took about two 10 cent strands each…so it was a really cheap and fast.
and of course, Mr. Kringle himself had to make an appearance 🙂
I had a ton of other tinsel strands in storage (I had been planning on using them for a photo backdrop but never did) so I draped them on the stair railings until that photoshoot comes to reality.
This tree is very different than our regular tree…it’s very child-unfriendly. All the ornaments are breakable, glass and special.
The rest of the house got very minimal decorations. I did put some of the natural looking trees all together. I made half of them…bought the other half…and they are just a happy little forest…
I also put out my bear snowglobe. I got it last year at Target and Will is OBSESSED with it. He says that the bears are him and Weston and I like that idea very much.
In the kitchen, the little whitewashed shelves got Christmasitized too. They have proven to be quite the perfect spot for adding a little cheer into any season and because I spend 99.99% of my time in the kitchen wiping the floors, wiping the counters, wiping the spills, wiping faces and hands, cooking and then starting the wiping process over again…I love having a little decorated spot to look at between wipes.
My favorite photo from last year. I never really posted about Christmas day last year…it was splendid…filled with newborn awesomeness and two year old wonder. My darling boyfriend thought I was crazy for wanting a picture of them in the mess of unwrapping…but that’s me…a mess enjoying the mess.
I love my little penguin cookie jar and I hope one day to have a collection of them…all filled with chocolate goodness. yes. all the cookies would have chocolate. and maybe some nuts. and chocolate covered nuts.
On the very top shelf, I put this thrift store house. It is the perfect size. I put the jar of M&M’s up here about a week before Jeremy discovered them. I usually like to hide candy from him (a five pound bag is like a midnight snack to him) but who knew that a spot way out in the open would be the perfect hiding spot!
And on the very bottom, I put my white wooden nutcrackers. They are from Hobby Lobby last year. I love that the faux wrapped present gives the entire thing a graphic punch in the Christmas jammies.
So there you have it…our holiday decor…a little late…but still a sweet reminder of this year’s celebration of Jesus’ birthday! I think I might keep it all up till Valentines…afterall, nothing says LOVE like an orange & blue tree, right?!