It’s a little late to share a holiday home tour, I know, but better late than never right? My focus the past few Christmases has been on making our home cozy, inviting and festive to create lasting memories for my little ones. Which meant this year, I was going to take the pressure off getting the house camera ready for a holiday home tour post. I signed up for one, but ended up backing out when I knew it was just going to add stress.
So here we are…the first week of January and you get to see how I did up our home for the holidays! Haha. I can’t even say it will be worth the wait…since I kept it fairly simple and traditional. Nothing crazy or to die for here, but I do hope you enjoy it.
I sincerely would love to be a person who has all of their inspiration hit them in November and get every last detail put into place by December 1st, but that’s just not me. Perhaps the procrastinator in me, but I usually take my time and the real inspiration comes much closer to the actual holiday. I am still tweaking things on Christmas Eve!
If you are new here, let me preface this by saying we just moved into this home over the summer, and I am literally still emptying boxes every weekend, so our home is not all the way there yet. We have a ways to go to make it home (we haven’t even painted one room yet!), but here is how we made it work for Christmas.
Let’s start with the dining room, which is just off the entryway. It’s one of the first impressions visitors have when they come inside. I love that in this home I am able to keep the dining room fairly decluttered and clean unlike our last home where it was basically the drop off station for everything.
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Our vintage Santa mugs always reappear every holiday season and stay out all winter! We love having hot chocolate with whipped cream on top in them.
Our main living room is still a major work in progress as far as decorating goes. We haven’t changed anything in here and even have the old curtains from the previous owners hung up and the broken curtain rod hardware coming out of the wall. Changing that out is next on our list! I have the curtains and new hardware, we just need to take down the old stuff and patch the damage.
Everyone has Yoda on their tree right? And sock monkeys…can’t forget the sock monkeys.
This year, I made another advent calendar for Hazel and Owen to open every day through Christmas. It was a little more elaborate this year with 25 cardboard jewelry boxes that each had a small shadow box scene inside. I made them from old Christmas cards and small ornaments. Each day also had a small candy or gift inside for them, so it was very exciting to wake up every morning!
Sadly, I only got one grainy cellphone pic of it before the days were opened. The kids got stamps for one of the days and then decided to stamp several snowmen and “I ❤ Santa” on every remaining day…ugh.