Posted on | December 5, 2012 | 1 Comment
My friend Mandy is doing a fun link up to show off holiday decorations, and I thought I’d join in the fun! I love seeing how other people decorate their homes in general, but holiday decorations put me over the top.
I am clearly WAY into birds this year. Sorry. I have no idea where it came from.
I LOVE my mantle this year (though I can’t put my stockings on until Christmas Eve, which is new for me). I finally went ahead and sprang for a beautiful fresh wreath when we got our tree, something I’ve been wanting to do for years. I love the way it smells and how lush and natural it looks. AndPlusAlso you can put a lot of birds on it. I also finally decided to buy the big star I almost got last year. I like that it adds a subtle element of faith to our decor, without being too cute or Christmas specific. (just because that’s not my style. yay for you if it’s yours!)
(Don’t worry, we have plenty of cute stuff around as well.)
One thing I do pretty much every year is hit up the clearance aisles at Joanns/Michaels after the holidays. I’d like to say that I plan my Christmas decor for the following year by buying a bunch of stuff at great prices, but it’s more like I wander through the store for 20 minutes throwing clearance stuff in a cart. Then I take it home and pack it all up immediately. When I open my bins to decorate the next Christmas it’s all “surprise! you bought a bunch of birds and fake fruit! make something happen, smarty pants!”
And then there’s my personal favorite, the tree. It has to be real and it has to be full. Also lights. I think I have at least 1,000 lights on our tree this year and every day I think about putting more on. We get ours at the same lot every year, from a Michigan grower. Since that’s where I’m from it’s special to me to have a little piece of “real” Christmas down here. Their trees are amazing and we’ve never gotten a bad one yet.
Link up at Harper’s Happenings and show off your stuff too! I wanna see!