October and November are always crazy with 2 Thanksgivings and Halloween. For the last 3 years I have decorated for Canadian Thanksgiving, then Halloween, and then for American Thanksgiving. I always look forward to December 1st because I can focus on just 1 holiday, Christmas. I wait patiently until then to start pulling out the decorations, baking cookies, and dancing to our favorite Christmas tunes. Since this is our third Christmas in the house decorating was a little easier as I already knew some of my favorite decorating spots. But as always, I added some new items and changed a few things up. It took about a week to find the perfect spot for everything.
Last year I was so busy we never got around to taking photos which I swore would NOT happen again this year. Rob and I spent one afternoon staging some photos to document all of my decorating. I promise my house isn’t always this put together!
Rob made this for me a few years ago since the mantel wasn’t long enough for all of our stockings. I still have to get one for Henry, the newest member of our family.
The kiddos reading nook is filled with Christmas stories, I shared a full list here a few days ago.
My Mom taught me when I was young to always make my bed in the morning. If you get nothing else accomplished that day, at least your bed was made. It has always stuck with me. No matter what the day I have had, when I go upstairs for bed I feel 100 times better when the bed is made. I feel like this holds even more true when the bed is decked out in plaid!
The kids rooms are filled with lots of Target Dollar Spot finds I have collected over the years. Sprinkled in are also a few pieces from my childhood. I love swapping out some of the usual decor on their walls and subbing in Christmas themed pieces. Even better are the framed prints I can just rotate and leave in the frame all year round.
My favorite thing to fill the house with are Christmas trees. I have about 30 throughout the house ranging in size from 5 inches to 9 feet. We use the larger trees to showcase all the ornaments we have collected over the years. Upstairs there is a 3 foot tree in each bedroom. The kids each got to decorate their own and are full of ornaments they have been getting since their first Christmas. The tree in our room displays ornaments made by my Mom and I years ago when we use to do craft shows. Our living room tree is packed with ornaments from our childhoods, Rob’s airplane collection, my Mary’s Angel collection and my favorite ornament of all time, the one Rob gave me Christmas Eve 2009 when he proposed <3.