Christmas 2015 Round-up

I’m late . . . as usual, I’m late.  If you ask anyone that knows me, they will tell you that I am constantly late, I can’t help it, it’s just something that has become a part of who I am.  I’m not proud of it, but, it is what it is! So here I am 4 days after Christmas, and I thought it would be fun to recap on my Christmas 2015 decor that I shared on my Instagram account. I don’t know about you, but this year I found myself decorating pretty much up until the last minute!  I didn’t want it to end . . . that is, until the day after Christmas!  I was totally over it!

This year I decided I would embrace a more traditional Christmas theme for 2015, after scoring some cute thrifted decor.

I was totally crushing on this plaid wrapping paper I purchased at TJMaxx . . . I explained how we reuse cereal and other food boxes to wrap gifts with and trick our kids.

 I loved that wrapping paper so much that I made mini pennant banners using twine and a hot glue gun, to spread Christmas cheer in our home.

The traditional red/plaid Christmas I had planned on, evolved to a more burgundy/maroon, which I think was a better choice for our home.  Using things that I already had on hand, made my Christmas decor easy and cost effective!

We chose the very first tree we found, and I think it was perfect!  

I used pinecones, gathered from the park, faux poinsettias from the Dollar Tree, the Target Dollar Spot chalkboard wood slice tags, and other neutral ornaments that I had from years past to decorate the tree this year.

I had my kids write words that symbolized 2015 for them.  My 15-year old chose the word “Focus” which I think fits his year perfectly!  He’s been doing wonderful in his first year of high school so far!

Unpacking the Christmas decor, Baby K really got a kick out of this brass bell, he thought it was the coolest!

Adding simple bows to our neutral stockings helped to carry the theme through the house.

I made mini wreaths, out of arborvitae and some from boxwood and holly bushes in my yard.  

Adding an old scarf to the tv console as a garland worked perfectly and was definitely baby friendly.  I had a paper banner up before this, and Baby K completely ripped it apart.  The scarf, however, he had no interest in.

Our plate rack wall got adorned with fresh clippings from the yard and I added a Pottery Barn Christmas Tree plate to top it off.

I made a garland out of fresh clippings from the yard and boxwood mini wreaths out of a paper plate!

I just couldn’t get enough of the little wooden reindeer I found at the Salvation Army, I tucked them in between our plates on our open shelves.  And what better place for Dancing Santa to hang out, then near his reindeer!

Some of the reindeer relaxed on our kitchen table as well with these lanterns filled with ornaments and fresh cranberries.

I also brought it way back to the days when people used to string cranberries for Christmas decor

(Shout out to my 6 year old Cayden for handling this messy task!)

I think it was a fun addition.

In our bedroom, I added a cozy plaid blanket, a Holiday pillow, a sweater pillow and some string lights to our bed, which created the most amazing ambiance-I’m pretty sure the lights will stay a while.  

A Dollar Tree mini wreath, a candle and some greenery tucked into this small lantern added the perfect finishing touches for some easy Christmas Bedroom decor.

Speaking of bedrooms, we added string lights and a mini tree jam packed with vintage wooden ornaments, and filled a wooden Tonka truck with lights  to complete the Christmas decorating in the boys’ room.

Lastly, we put out sugar cookies for Santa, and I laughed about the fact that I couldn’t find my Christmas cookie cutters, so I improvised with my spring cutters! 

And the part that made my 6 year olds year—was me catching Santa on tape in our living room!  

Thanks to the “Krinl” app and to Ashley from blog for sharing the app on her feed.

Until next Christmas!

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  1. Erin Marshall
    January 16, 2016 / 2:46 am

    Carli I loved your Christmas round-up. You have such a beautiful home and family!

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