Monday, December 14, 2009

Our sweet and simple Christmas decorations

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. 

Front door

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!

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester


  1. What fun to go cut down your own tree!! I really like your nativity too! Merry Christmas!

  2. Very pretty. Don't you love those dollar store decorations! I like the ornament cluster & display around it. Merry Christmas!

  3. Everything looks lovely. What a pretty tree! Have a merry Christmas and God bless you and your family!

  4. Beautiful decorations! Thank you for the holiday tour.

    Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2010.


  5. Your house is so pretty. I love you CHRISTmas tree and especially love your Nativity. I'm sure it has many memories wrapped up in it for you.

    Have a Blessed and Merry CHRISTmas,
    Dawn @

  6. Your pictures are great. There are new tree pictures up on the holiday blog...and I am loving looking through all the beautiful decorations on the Home Tour...Just need a few free hours...

  7. Everything looks beautiful Chelle! What is a Jesse tree?