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.
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. I 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.
And I had to add a bird to this display since J just loved the last bird so much!
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!