Blogmas Day 23…A beautiful Christmas mess.

This year it took me awhile to get all my decorating done for Christmas. There were days that just didn’t feel like a cheerful time, not a good spot to be in. You all know what I am talking about, many of you have had sad moments in this year of 2020. We have lost love ones, there are new rules to everything, and then there is the unknown of what each day will bring. Best to look ahead now and stay positive as much as possible. Which means Christmas decorating must go on.

Everything was pulled down from the attic. I decided to take my time with decorating this year. Each week brought something new. One week it was the tree, the next was a table display, wreaths, paper snowflakes and Gingerbread houses on another day.What a mess it was for a few days.

Since we pulled everything down from the attic I decided to get rid of some of our Christmas decor for donations. Ended up getting rid of Halloween too and some of our Thanksgiving decor as well. I want to simplify more for 2021. Decided I will not be decorating or celebrating Halloween anymore. My daughter even agrees with me…too much has happened and who even knows if people will feel comfortable giving out candy anyways. The pandemic has opened our eyes to what we need to focus on and if I had to pick a holiday, and only one holiday, it will always be Christmas.

We went out and got a real tree, not a potted one though, just one from a tree lot. I wanted to have a pretty tree to cheer everyone up including myself.

We had to set it up in the kitchen area, which is okay because this is where we spend most of our time anyway. It wasn’t small enough for the small table in our living room.

I always enjoy unpacking Christmas decorations. This is a sure way to put anyone in a happy mood.

We added something new to our Christmas decor this year… a cocoa bar. This is trending right now. I of course made my little cocoa bar from items I thrifted and repurposed. Then I   added yummy edible sweets from the local dollar stores in our area. I am still trying to keep within a budget. My family loves this set up so much that they want it kept up all year long now.

I like to stick to red and white colors like a candy cane when decorating.

These little chairs were purchased a year ago at IKEA. They came three in a package and they were all black. I just changed the colors by painting them.

To save money we repurpose old decorations. Some pink ornaments my daughter was getting rid of were painted all white. Then with a red paint pen new designs were drawn on them.

I hung them on a mini tree in our kitchen.

My collection of bottle top trees, tiny houses, and some of my Santas were displayed on our library cabinet this year.

Some of my regular followers will recognize this book cabinet. I wanted a similar one like this at a furniture store here in our city but it cost $600. One day out hiking we drove through a neighborhood where they were throwing away their old kitchen cabinets from a remodel. The cabinet doors were solid. My husband cut out the centers and added glass from large art frames we bought second hand on dollar days at the local Goodwill. Then we found an old couch that was being tossed for trash pick up days and took the legs from the bottom of the couch to add to the bottom of this cabinet, The finishing touches were a large piece of beautiful wood for the top. The whole piece ended up costing under $20 to make ourselves.

I keep my little gnomes up on a shelf above the couch.

It is a mess for awhile in our home but once I find a place for everything it all comes together nicely.

For a few weeks our home is like a Winter wonderland with lights everywhere.

An old fish bowl I bought for $4 became a snow globe and a wine glass snow globe my cousin made for me sits next to it. I try to put all my snow globes in one area grouped together

Every year when we pull out all the decorations our cats stalk the rooms looking for things to steal, play with, break or see if they are edible I suppose.

Alley cat waits quietly on our kitchen table for me to leave the room so she can smell the pine clippings in the tool tray.

I have to be careful because they know I will be busy for the next few days, not watching them closely. They have toys we buy for them but Christmas ornaments and decorations are the best toys to them. Mostly it is my son’s ginger cat that is up to no good but everyone reminds me that Alley Cat is no angel either.

I turned this vase I picked up at the second hand shop into a little fish tank with it’s own filter and everything. Went out and bought ten feeder fish to get things started in the tank with the water and a couple days later I noticed there were only 4 fish left. Looked over at two of our cats and they were cleaning and licking their paws like they just had the best treat of their lives.

 I have to figure out a design for a top for my aquarium vase invention. For now it is covered with some plastic canvas which has holes to breath. The cats still love hanging out up there. This is where our Christmas tree usually goes every year, we try to keep things small.A few small items out here and there.

Last years tree in this photo sat on the table where the tiny vase tank now sits.

I also have an old French door we keep in the house until we figure out what to do with it. Might turn it into a table like we did with the other one. Each season I will decorate it with something. In the Spring I add a pretty floral wreath.

After weeks of decorating we are finally ready for some Christmas cheer. Now I can catch up on the never ending laundry cycle. Merry Christmas everyone.

  For more Christmas homes check out these bloggers. We can’t really invite anyone into our homes because of the virus but we can invite you in through social media for now. I would love to see how you guys all around the world celebrate this Holiday season. Your traditions, stories, and photos make us all stay connected and that is what this season is all about after all. Stay safe out there and God bless you all.

Sarah’s art house

Mind beauty simplicity

My multi colored, mismatched crazy tree. I call it the 2020 Christmas lights tree.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    Wow, your house looks like Christmas wonderland with so many beautiful decorations! I especially loved your little acorn-shapes candles that’s sitting beside the grey gnomes! Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Not too long now! Aiva 🙂

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    1. You would love those little candles. I have had them for a couple years now. They are self timed so they come on every night for a few hours then shut themselves off. They are wax pinecone shapes. I have two sets, one for the city and one set I keep up north. I have always hated walking into dark rooms so I have lights (fairy lights mostly) that come on during the dark so where ever I am I will always have a little light in areas at night. Something I guess I kept with me since a child. It is really pretty walking into a room with tiny glows of lights without it being to bright that is. The walking sticks above our French doors in one photo are from some of our walking adventures out in the woods when the kids were little. I left that part out of the post, but it is a pretty way to frame a wall and I love the memories that come with items like that. Thank you.

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  2. Johanna says:

    Your decorations are so sweet. I’m impressed with the shelf…wow!

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    1. Thank you. That was a fun one to put together with my husband. Right now we are working on turning an old book shelf into a pie case. I think that is what they used to call them but I will be using mine to store crafts and the outside will be old shutters I need to chalk paint later. I hope it comes out. Maybe I will post about it. We are always redoing furniture.

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      1. Johanna says:

        How fun! I’m sure it will be really nice 🙂

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  3. You’ve outdone yourself with your tree!! I absolutely love it !!!
    Also the way you “walk” us through your house and explain the meanings behind all of the little things….yes, you definitely took us on a tour and made us readers feel right at home!

    Thank you so much for all of the work and effort you put into each and every of your blogs posts!
    And it’s not only once…I mean I’ve been following you for quite a while and you really just keep on delivering, while always being kind, honest and heartfelt.

    The biggest thank you from me to you for just being you and giving me faith that there still are “these kind” of people out there!!

    I wish you and your loved ones the most peaceful and still happy Christmas possible and may the upcoming year become one of the best ones in your lives!!
    Big hug from me to you

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    1. Awww…thank you Manuela, so sweet. It hasn’t been easy this Christmas, there are some mean things going on out in the world. It was a nice break from it, just celebrating and doing our yearly Christmas traditions. I hope you and Frank are doing well and I love your memory tree, just beautiful. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. Big hugs from us all here in Arizona too.

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  4. I think it took many of us longer than usual to decorate, and I think I’ll keep this in mind in future years; decorate when the mood hits, to enjoy it, and not just to get it done!

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    1. Yes, I agree. IT was just hard I suppose, seems being stuck at home more creates more things to clean, cook and do. I enjoyed doing a little Christmas weekly instead of spending hours in one day trying to get everything done. So much stress that way and that isn’t what Christmas is about. Have a beautiful Christmas and Happy New Year too.

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      1. You too, have a lovely and safe holiday!

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  5. Gersom Clark says:

    Merry CHRISTmas Cheri! GOD bless you and your family!

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    1. Thank you and God bless you and yours as well, have a beautiful Christmas day.


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