Our Home at Christmas

Christmas is one of my very favorite times of the year. I love everything about December (except our hectic schedule, which has finally slowed down, thank goodness!). I love Christmas carols, Christmas lights, cooler temps, snow (when we actually get a decent storm!), yummy treats, traditions, opportunities to give, hot cocoa with peppermint sticks, beautiful church services, wrapping presents, and decorating our home. Over the years, I’ve collected lots of Christmas decor. I love to have just about every space in our home touched by Christmas in some way. I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving every year, and it’s always one of my most favorite days. I love pulling things out of boxes that have been packed away for 11 months and looking through everything as if it’s the first time I’ve ever seen it. And I especially love decorating with two of the best little helpers. Our kids love decorating for Christmas almost as much as me, which makes it even more fun.

I was recently reading one of my favorite blogs, Everyday Occasions, and Jenny shared a photo tour of their gorgeous home all decked out for Christmas. I absolutely love seeing other people’s homes at Christmas. I love seeing how they decorate, and I love seeing beautiful images of festive touches throughout a home. Reading Jenny’s blog post inspired me to take photos of our own decor. And after editing the photos and looking through them again, I thought I’d share a photo tour of our home at Christmastime as well.

 

We have one live tree and one artificial tree in our home. I love to use the bottom branches from our live tree in little spaces here and there throughout our home.

My beloved felt reindeer garland from Nell Hill’s.

My absolute favorite snowman in my snowman collection. My mom made him when she was a little girl. He stays out year-round. Isn’t he darling?!

His favorite place to sleep. Our tree skirt and the bottom of the tree are covered in fur, but that’s okay… he’s comfy and happy.

I bought these snowflake ornaments a couple of years ago at Pottery Barn Kids. They hang over our stove and add the perfect amount of Christmas cheer to our kitchen.

These candy cane bits mysteriously disappear slowly throughout the month… must be the elves.

I like to keep our mantel decorated simply, and these trees do that perfectly. I purchased them and the white pots at Crate and Barrel last year. I love that they almost look real.

Our tree is not one that is perfectly coordinated or has a theme or looks like it belongs in a home decorating magazine. And I’m great with that. To quote what my friend, Erin, said about their tree… “it’s the keeper of our memories.” I love that. So perfectly stated. When we decorate our tree every year, I love looking back on all of our memories. I love remembering where gifted ornaments came from and thinking about the occasions many of our ornaments commemorate. The thing I love the most, though, is seeing the ornaments our kids have made through the years. There’s no ornament more special or more meaningful than a handmade one.

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Another favorite, a gift from a friend… a retired bulb from the Kansas City Country Club Plaza holiday lights. These make great, meaningful gifts since the Plaza lights are such a Kansas City tradition at the holidays each year.

One of my favorite ornaments… I bought this at a store in Michigan (my husband’s home state) early on in Ryan and my relationship.

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I bought this KC ornament last month at Restoration Emporium to celebrate the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series this year!

Our baby feet ornaments are two of our most special ornaments. We did them the year each of our kids was born. Every time I look at them, I can’t get over just how tiny their piggies were!!

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An early present for my husband this year, to remind him of home during the holidays. I found this on Etsy in the FransGirls shop. It’s made from Michigan wood… how cool is that?! FransGirls was a wonderful Etsy shop to work with; I highly recommend checking out their storefront!

I celebrated five years of being cancer-free in 2015! My thoughtful sister-in-law helped me celebrate with this cute ornament, which symbolizes the gift of good health. So sweet!

Our Hable felt stockings from Garnet Hill. I love Hable’s fun designs and the fact that they’re felt. I don’t know what it is about felt, but I just love it.

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Our advent calendar from Garnet Hill. It’s felt, too. I love it. We count down to Christmas with our calendar instead of counting up; that way, the kids can look at the calendar each day and see exactly how many days are left until Christmas Day. I write our ’25 Days of Christmas’ activities on little slips of paper and put them in each day of the calendar. Our kids love opening the calendar every morning to see what we’re doing that day. I share more about our ’25 Days of Christmas’ project from past years in this blog post and in this one.

My reindeer was a Home Goods find a couple of years back. My husband found the mini oil lamp at a garage sale in Michigan this summer. And the snow-tipped trees are from a beautiful home and interior design store in Lawrence, Kansas called Winfield House.

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I found this fun ‘Merry and Bright’ sign at Nell Hill’s this fall. If you’re in or near the Kansas City area and have never been to Nell Hill’s around Christmastime, it’s a must, especially if you love home decor and decorating. I have not been to the original store in Atchison, Kansas, but her store at Briarcliff Village is simply amazing.

I bought this guy many years ago at Ballard Designs when he was deeply discounted after the season. He’s almost life-size. He was well worth the cost and the fact that we have to find somewhere to store him 11 months out of the year. Maybe we should just leave him out year-round and decorate him for different seasons and holidays!

Another fun metal sign from Nell Hill’s.

Every year, an awesome local pizza place, Pizza West, hosts gingerbread house decorating several weekends in November and December. We get two hours at the restaurant to decorate, a pre-assembled house on a platform, all the candy the kids could possibly want to decorate the house (and eat in the process)… and no mess to clean up! It’s $40 well-spent!

Just a couple of the Byers’ Choice Carolers my mother-in-law has sent me through the years.

When we first moved in our house, I thought we’d use our dining room as an actual dining room, so I started decorating it as a dining space. I found these metal wall hangings shortly after we moved in and loved them, so up they went. Since the kids were still so young then, we changed our minds and decided to turn the dining room into a playroom instead, which has been one of our best decisions in this house. Even though I bought these wall hangings for a dining space, they’ve worked perfectly in our playroom. I can clip the kids’ art to them to display throughout the year, and then I love using them to display the Christmas cards we receive each year. I love looking at pictures of our friends and family, so I love having this space to share all of our cards rather than having them piled in a stack somewhere.

Thanks for taking the time to look through this festive photo tour! From our home to yours… have a cozy, relaxing Christmas!!

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  • Nadeen - Goodness, Ashley! How I loved touring your home at Christmastime! The details you included and the stories were wonderful to look at and read. Of course, your photography enhanced each detail perfectly. I absolutely LOVED reading and looking through this post. Happy belated Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • aspaulding - Thank you so much for your sweet words, Nadeen!! I appreciate you stopping by my blog, and I’m happy to know you enjoyed this post! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

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