It’s here!! I finally get to decorate for my favorite season for the first time in our new house. Our tradition, which started last year in our townhome, is to decorate on November 1st. At least I waited until after Halloween, right? Growing up we always waited until after Thanksgiving but I want to enjoy this season for as long as possible. Heck. We’ll probably keep it up until at least February. Kidding. Kind of. Who knows.
The first place to start is Hobby Lobby if you want cute stuff for cheap. You can get soooo many decorations for at least 50% off. That’s where this lovely tree topper came from. Simple and sweet.
I love love LOVE this handmade wooden tree. We got it from a local carpenter in KC. I’m totally blanking on the name but will post it once I find his information. He makes trees of all different sizes – each one unique.
We kept the front porch simple for now until we get all the lights hung up. I found this real, evergreen wreath for $17 at Costco. Bargain! The best part is that we won’t have to store it after the season’s over (and it smells amazing!). The top layer of the front doormat we got at IKEA for $8 and the bottom layer is from Amazon. Layered doormats might be my new favorite thing.
Our Christmas tree wouldn’t be complete without diffuser ornaments. Duh! I love to add a pine or spruce oil on the lava rock so I can have the smell of a real tree without the hassle. We almost got a real tree this year for the first time but decided not to since we put our tree up so early. I need it to last a little longer. Maybe one of these days we’ll get a real tree. But until then, we’ll stick with our fake tree and all the yummy oily smells.
Our fireplace decor is a combination of Target, Hobby Lobby, and Pottery Barn. The moose were a gift and I love them and all their cuteness. I love our custom stockings from Pottery Barn which we most definitely got when they were on sale or used a coupon for. I’m telling you. You don’t have to break the bank decorating your house. You can find the same cute stuff in the clearance section at Target that you can find for triple the price at a boutique.
PSA: If you’re out running around, Target has 9-foot garland for $5! I couldn’t pass this up. We used this on our fireplace and added in some red berries to give it a little more character.
Tree #2 is also from Target and was our first Christmas tree from last year. I love it and all it’s sparseness.
Do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear some of your family traditions!
Slow down this holiday season and soak up every single minute spent with your family and loved ones.