When you decorate for a holiday only once a year, do you ever forget about what decorations you have? Then, when you get everything out, does it seem like everything is new and pretty? That’s what happened to me this week.
Oh, look how beautiful these are! I forgot we had these! Where did these come from?
We sorted the ornaments as we put them up. Much like the harvest and Halloween decorations that got sorted through, I recycled some items and tucked others away. We parted with some and held onto the keepsakes.
Mostly, I like to decorate with what we already have. Red candles can quickly turn a mantle into a festive scene without much effort. These are from Ikea where I think the candles are a good deal but they’re not drip-less. This can get a little messy.
What I really need is Mr. Carson (from Downton Abbey) to round-up those footman to polish all of the silver in our house. My goodness! Even with holiday red candles in the holders to distract the eye, the silver looks brown-ish, grey-ish.
We kept our homemade and only meant to last one-year tree topper – Tree Topper Tale. You probably have all the materials needed to make one at your home right now. It’s lasted 23+ years and still looks great!
I also like to decorate with nature – and items that can easily be collected and composted. These pine cones I collected on a camping trip several years ago. They’re holding together but once they start to fall apart, into the compost container they go.
I pared our Christmas decorations down to these two containers plus a bag that I keep our front door wreath stored in. It doesn’t take long to decorate with the tablecloths and table throws. They’re made from old curtains from the Polo/Ralph Lauren store where I used to work. Different wool fabrics all look similar with gold trim added.
This is another holiday decoration I love – the Advent wreath. This is a ring of chicken wire and greens are stuck into it. Our church hosts an annual “Advent Fair” and there’s good cheer, cookies, and Advent wreath decorating.
And, of course at Christmas, it’s the tree itself that makes a statement – and takes over our living room! We cut it down last weekend and the spiders who lived in the tree are now living in our home. I’d really like to get a sustainable, reusable tree but Brad won’t hear of it. He loves to cut the tree down every year and have red lights. Compromise.
It feels good that I killed two birds with one stone this week – cleaned out the Christmas decorations and got the house looking festive and ready for the holidays. Next week, it’s the laundry area…I think! Who knows if I’ll get a bee in my bonnet and attack another area. Happy holidays + organizing!
How are your holiday decorations? Do they need cleaning out and sorting through?