Merry Christmas and happy holidays! In keeping with tradition, I’m sharing a few photos of our Christmas decor this year including the star of the show – our 100% mountain-grown fresh evergreen!
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It’s our first Christmas in the new house and since we are still settling in, I’ve taken a very minimalist approach to decorate this year. Mostly because I’m tired. 🙂
Thankfully, the minimalist look was easy to pull off. I was able to reuse holiday decorations I already owned and simply sprinkled them lightly throughout the room. Interestingly enough, everything I own feels “new” since it’s in a new space.
Something I’ve always wanted to try is cutting a Christmas tree in the mountains and this year we actually did it! It’s legal where I live as long as you obtain a permit and follow the rules regarding cutting area and size of the tree.
We trekked up the mountain without a clue what to do, but after some searching in a snow-covered clearing, we found this smallish fir tree. He’s tall and straight and has nice even branches with lots of space in between.
Too much space? Maybe. But that’s how they grow in nature and I love it!
It’s definitely one of the most memorable trees we’ve ever had.
With such delicate branches, we were limited in terms of how many lights and ornaments we could hang. I went with matte black balls and crocheted snowflakes (check Etsy for similar!) from last year’s tree and it turned out to be perfect. Lightweight, but still interesting to look at.
For lights on the tree, I used a single strand of battery power copper wire LED lights. It’s just enough light to give the tree some interest without weighing down the branches.
Our new living room opens up to the dining area, where I kept it very, very simple with some fresh greenery in a vase. And I love the tiny flash of red from the stool we keep at the end of the dining table. It’s the perfect height for my preschooler to sit at when we do crafts or eat dinner at the ‘big’ table.
One thing I couldn’t do without is my snowman mugs. Each year I swap out my everyday mug for my holiday mugs. It’s one of those little things that just makes me smile on these long, dark winter days.
Pro tip if you have small cabinets like me – store your everyday mugs in your Christmas boxes while your holiday mugs are out. Then switch them back in January.
The ‘silver forest’ as my husband lovingly refers to my mercury glass tree collection, returned to the top of the bar cart. I’ve had these for a number of years, and even though they aren’t new, or the latest style, they still make me smile year after year. Sometimes it is better to invest in fewer pieces that you can use over and over again.
And if you would like to see how we decorated our house last year, click here to read the post.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!