For the first time in 11 years, I’m living in a house. Not in an apartment, sandwiched between other tenants. Not in a loft with thin walls and roommates. An honest to god house. I was so excited to decorate for Christmas this year because I had this image of lights strung outside and a big ole tree in the living room with holiday-scented candles galore. I couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving to come and go so that I could pull out the bins of decorations and get started. We ran to the store to get more lights and an outdoor timer, grabbed some garland for the front porch railing and I was ready to go.
Well… I got most of my wish. It turns out this house is old enough that there’s no outlet on the outside of the house. So aside from feeding a very long extension cord through a window (which would lead us to dress in winter coats inside the house at all times), we didn’t have a way to illuminate the house with pretty white lights. I’m pretty bummed about that, since that’s what I was the most excited about. But, I guess I should look at the bright side (no pun intended): at least this will save us money on our electricity bill.
Anyway. I managed to take care of the rest, and there are a couple rooms that remain untouched simply because I don’t have enough decorations for a full house yet since I’m used to only having a couple rooms. That’s a problem I’m okay with, since I know my holiday decoration collection will grow over the years. So if you have some time to kill and want to take a look at what we’ve done with the house for the holidays, read on!
I made this swag myself. We had to trim Sappy the Christmas Tree a bit once we got home, so I pooled together the bits and pieces we removed, grabbed some small decorations from the local dollar store and went to work. I’m pleased with the way it turned out! I decided to attach it to my vintage sled I picked up last month instead of placing a giant bow on it (that was my original plan). Nothing crazy, but enough to give the porch a little shimmer and shine.
When you first walk in, you see Sappy the tree, our stockings, and a little something tucked behind the tree à la A Christmas Story. You’ll also notice the kissing ball in the kitchen entryway. The boyfriend takes advantage of this by standing under the threshold whenever possible.
You’ll also notice a little end table to your left that’s currently a mix of our nautical theme and holiday cheer. I threw a handful of little red and silver ornaments in with the candle and decided to display my stacked Santa I received many years ago (filled with candy, at the time!). It’s sort of like those little Russian nesting dolls except he’s… ya know… Santa.
Our living room is divided into the main sitting area with the TV (off camera, to the right in this photo) and a little sitting area/office. I decided some twinkly white lights, table runner for the sofa table, festive pillows and some other little touches would be enough for me.
From there, you enter the kitchen (under the aforementioned kissing ball). I’ve got the kitchen table all decked out, with a few other touches throughout the room.
Can we talk about how cute this mug is? I brought it from Starbucks a few years ago, and I only pull it out at Christmas. It has an adorable visage of a mouse and a squirrel with a little story inscribed on the inside. And with as cute as that all is, the little tiny mouse on the handle is my favorite part.