I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a host for the Christmas Tour of Homes 2018 again this year. I am teaming up with Carol from The Red Painted Cottage, Joy from The Aspiring Home, and Nicki from Sweet Parrish Place. We have such a talented group of bloggers that are participating in the Christmas Tour of Homes this year. We will be sharing several blogger’s homes every day for the entire week. Be sure to visit every single one for Christmas inspiration.
I recently heard someone say that those who love to decorate for Christmas do it because it brings back childhood memories of Christmastime. I believe that to be true.
When I get together with my family, we talk about the excitement our mother had when we decorated our home for Christmas. We would pull out the same ornaments and decorations every single year and we would squeal when found our favorite things in the storage boxes. She always had Christmas music playing and we usually made divinity that evening too. She still uses the exact decorations and some of the ornaments are over 50 years old. I believe that she is the reason why I love to decorate for Christmas.
Now that my children are older, I have learned something that I wish I could have told my younger self. I felt like I wanted my children to think that Santa was good to them but just like me now, they only talk about the things we did at Christmas, not the gifts they received. They talk about how I always make a certain breakfast that made the house smell like cinnamon. Our children talk about the gag gifts that we have given them that still make them laugh. They talk about all the Christmas candy that we make every year.
If you follow my blog, you know that I do not like to overspend or go in debt at Christmastime. I try to use Christmas decor that I already have, decor that I have found thrifting, and I may purchase a few things new. The Santa Clause painted on canvas was the thing that I purchased last year. He will be on my fireplace every year. Christmas garland is the garland from Walmart and it is under $13. I added a few Christmas balls to it and the great thing about this garland is that you can change it up every year.
This 3-foot tree is also from Walmart and it is very inexpensive. I have had the set of red boxes for years.
I removed the lime green and red bow and replaced it with a beautiful white ribbon.
I have always been drawn to color and especially at Christmas. While I do love soft muted colors for Christmas, I really enjoy using bright reds and white colors and I feel that it is because it reminds me of Christmas as a child.
I made the diy table runner by adding trim from a thrifted women’s shawl and a thrifted plaid table runner. I feel that it gives the table texture.
My Christmas table is set with Santa bowls sitting on top of a plaid Charger. I scored the tea glasses at the thrift store but I found them also on Amazon. I used some tiny stockings that I have had for years to hold the eating utensils.
Spreading Christmas through the house by adding red pillows to my bedding.
I have had the beautiful Lenox Santa sleigh set for a long time. It was a gift and I am so afraid of breaking it that I haven’t used it in several years. I decided that it is a shame not to use it so we are enjoying it this year instead of it sitting in the box in the attic.
Isn’t this Santa is gorgeous? I hope that you have enjoyed the tour of my home and I hope that you find that you can use some of your decor by changing it up. Be sure to visit all of the other homes because I know that you will really enjoy them. Have a very Merry Christmas!