We moved into our house 3 days before Christmas last year. Needless to say, we did not decorate! I was excited this year to see the house in festive bloom! Because we did not have a lot of extra money, I made no new purchases (except for some dollar store goodies!). I have a good idea of a few things I might look for after Christmas.
Our good friends have a tree farm, so we got to go pick ours out and cut it down.
Because we do not have a mantle we hung garland from these vents with ornament hooks. It was perfect to hang the stockings.
I got these stockings at World Market before we had the boys! I bought 2 extra- for future use. This is our first year to have all 4 up.
Beethoven gets a hat every year. :-)
In the dining room, I was trying to make an ornament wreath (SO not as easy as it looked here). What I ended up with was a cluster-type thing. I kind of like it.
Just some knick knacks on the hutch. This might get some after-Christmas love.
I do like these jingle bells from the Dollar Store!
We are doing a Jesse tree for the first time. We started late, but I have really enjoyed the devotions. Bear likes the ornament hanging part. :-)
Close-up of our pretty nativity set. We bought this in Ecuador on a mission trip.
Some gingerbread in the kitchen!
We tried to keep things simple. I have so many ideas about what to do all over the house, but I do not want that to get in the way of why we celebrate. It will be fun to add a little here and there, though. It's hard to have a healthy balance between the spiritual and physical sometimes, but we are trying!
I do really enjoy seeing how these super creative people decorate!