Getting Ready for Christmas

It was hard to do, but I waited until after Thanksgiving to start my Christmas decorating! I think it is important to give Thanksgiving its moment- it’s a special holiday that focuses on family and gratitude while others can sometimes get lost in the materialism. Anyways, I really like decorating for Christmas, I think it’s just a fun time of year to celebrate and be happy! Plus it’s a good excuse to change up the look of your house, especially when we are spending more and more time indoors with Winter’s arrival.

I decided I wanted to make an Advent calendar for J so that he could have smaller presents spread out over 12 days. So Saturday night he went to work and I got busy transforming our main room!

We don’t really have a focal point in our living room- except maybe the TV- so I turned our bookshelf into a fireplace, covering the front with cardboard that I stamped to look like bricks. I’d seen this jute twine sheet stuff at ACE earlier and I knew I wanted to decorate with it somehow and this seemed like a good opportunity. I just draped it over the top of our fireplace and then used it as a tree skirt below.


I’d been collecting random boxes from food and stuff this past week so I gave them a spray of white paint and added cardboard roofs to transform them into houses.

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Some of my gifts are too big to fit into the houses so I wrote up clues to find them and put the clue in the jars. 

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And the banner was really easy to make- I just lightly spray-painted an old Trader Joe’s bag, cut out circles, and wrote “Merry Christmas” on them.  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset IMG_2418I collected the greenery on my last day in Cambria.  I like how this tree had a blueish tint to it, and it was just growing wild by the side of the road.  I added driftwood and pinecones to the “inside” of our fireplace.
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And I had to add a bird to this display since J just loved the last bird so much!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Our tree! J and I went to ACE on Sunday and picked out this mini Noble Fir. It fits perfect in this spot.

Now that I have something nice to look at its back to statistics and the world of Excel spreadsheets.  But lucky J to have 12 days of Christmas presents!


3 thoughts on “Getting Ready for Christmas

  1. Like everything you did for Christmas-so clever . Kaitlin, I love reading your post-I feel like I am part of your life-I know how you are living. I love you. Merry Christmas to you and J (hope someday I will have the opportunity to meet him) Love, Nana


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