It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care… okay, tbh, they were hung before Thanksgiving. We had so much fun decorating for our first Christmas in our new home! I absolutely love our fireplace! All of our decorations are inexpensive and most were DIY projects you can easily re-create at home.

Of course, most importantly, our Christmas tree is up! We scored this beautiful pre-lit tree from Home Depot on Black Friday four years ago and it has been one of my favorite investments. We had plenty of left over ornaments after filling the tree, so they are displayed in a simple basket for the season, which adds a nice touch to any corner. I plan to DIY a burlap tree skirt this year to make the bottom more festive.

I’m not big on decorating outdoors- I think it can be over done. I do like the simplicity of small white lights outlining the roof, but we don’t have access to outdoor outlets. Instead, we decorated the front door with a simple wreath and a small artificial tree using some burlap, a bow and an umbrella holder.

Some of the store bough items include the stockings hung on the mantle, festive pillow covers and the bottle brush trees that are pretty popular this year. Everything else was a DIY project. I made these beautiful Rae Dunn inspired ornaments using my Cricut. And got some dollar store wreathes, bows and ribbon to hang on the kitchen cabinets. My final touch was creating my own festive mason jars with cranberries, spruce sprigs, orange slices and a tea light candle. Don’t forget the Poinsettias!

What’s your favorite ornament on your tree? I thiiiiiink mine is my Lenox Tinker Bell 🧚‍♂️

P.s. look out for my next blog post featuring my DIY coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar!

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