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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/147523037/posts/1866
Mind beauty simplicity https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/180218926/posts/1299