Monday, December 9, 2013

12. Start a Collection of Christmas Decorations

Hi! Thanks to all who saw my surprise Sunday blog post, & gave suggestions on how to handle our cabin fever. Ben went hunting this morning, and said it doesn't look like the roads will be able to melt today either. Yikes! No Frozen for me. :(

As you may know, I made a 101 in 1001 list a few months ago. If you haven't checked it out.. do so, here. :) It's been so fun to work through the goals, and so many of them have just happened naturally. What? Well, as I've tried to pursue intentional living in different ways, following through with goals has come too. I've had tons of help, it's been such an encouragement how many people have wanted to help me follow through with these things. I updated a few this morning! Looking at my list can seem so intimidating at times, but I'm okay with the fact that some of these things may not be completed. All that matters to me is being able to look back in 2016 (WOW!) and be flooded with a bunch of lovely memories. If we haven't been to a horse race by then, I'll be just fine.

Today, I want to share a bit about how I started collecting Christmas decorations for our home, as a part of a #12daysofblogging linkup!

Saying that last Christmas was total chaos is a huge understatement. The actual holiday wasn't at all.. it was joyful and great. We got married 4 days after Christmas. So to us, it felt like we crammed in a bunch of stuff right before our wedding, all while trying to do last minute prep for that too. It was just a lot. I think that's why I was so intense about finishing all Christmas shopping before December showed it's face. We arrived back from our honeymoon and then immediately started student teaching. So basically I skipped over a glorious time that could have been Victoria shopping for Christmas things for 80% off at Target.

I don't believe that these things are what fills our home with Christmas cheer... but they're fun and special to us. As you may know, I'm really passionate about decorating our home in a way that welcomes others and creates a simplified, beautiful environment for our little family on a daily basis. I'm not a crazy neat freak for the sense of being a neat freak.. but I want living life in our house to be simple. I don't want us to be digging through drawers every time we need something, wasting time that could be spent in other, happy ways. All of that being said... I was excited for a pretty Christmas house. I was also determined to do it on our normal budget. You can read more about how "intense" we are with our dollaroonies, here.

I bought all of our Christmas things from Target, Hobby Lobby, and World Market. We've been given a few different ornaments here and there, but everything I bought came from one of those places.

I had intentions of having lots of nice photos of our decor for you today, but the snowed in nature of our daily lives has put a gloom over everything. This one, favorite photo of mine will do. :)


I started picking things up right when Christmas started to take over stores. Normal stores, not Hobby Lobby in August. :) All of our ornaments are (gasp!) plastic. :) They came in two big $15 packages from Target and I love them. It was nice to not worry about anything breaking, and I think they're beautiful. I'll probably keep them around until we are a) old b) they break. One day, someday... we'll have babies and they won't be able to easily break our plastic Target ornaments. Our tree topper also came from Target. Our ruffled burlap tree skirt came from World Market. My mother in law bought that for us but I made sure to send her a coupon. :) In other places of the house we have really simple, mostly gold and white decor. There are two red knit stockings hanging from our bedposts. I wrapped garland around our dining room windows. I put a deer figurine (that we keep up year round) in a cloche to make it appear more "Christmassy"! We bought a few little $5 trees to scatter around the house to carry the holiday throughout. With the exception of our tree, I probably spent around $150. For some this may be a fortune, for others a penny. But I pulled from different areas of our budget and tried to start our little collection with wisdom, and style. I also purchased a few things with my monthly spending money in October at the Magnolia Fall Show.

My goal was to get some simple things that I could display in different ways for years to come. I bought everything before Thanksgiving week, so we didn't have to run out for anything last minute. What has preparation for Christmas looked like for y'all? I'd love to hear any tips that you might have! :)


17 comments:

  1. For me, because my husband and I don't expect to stay in one place long, collecting a lot of Christmas decor really isn't feasible. But, it's important to me to have a few special decorations that are portable enough for me to take them anywhere: a tiny pewter nativity scene I've had since my teens, and more recently, some cute little s'more snowmen tree ornaments that caught my fancy. Those mean enough to me that I know I'll keep them no matter where we go in life!

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  2. Huge fan of the wall art by your tree. Is it canvas art? What a classy addition to your living space and tree are. Also being a total wrapping paper addict, I love the green and red paper under the tree.

    Keep it Sassy & Classy,

    B

    http://msultimatesophistication.wordpress.com

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  3. My friends and family tell me my tree looks like a Charlie Brown Christmas, but I love it. Over the years I have strung the kids artwork from Bible School, Sunday School, and various classes. Even though the kids are 26,23 and 16 - I love pulling out their 3 year old hand prints and 6 year old art projects from my Christmas box. (Maybe I need a second tree as I start collecting the grandkid's art.) Andres, my most sentimental child, loves to pull out his decorations and retell stories of when and how he made each thing. Also, about 10 or 15 years ago we started buying one ornament every time we went on vacation. So now we have ornaments from all over - and it like a walk down memory lane every time we open the Christmas Box. Our tree is not glorious or color coordinated - but it is so full of family love and memories that I would never want another one.

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  4. It looks beautiful!! Most of our decorations are things I've made and almost all of the ornaments are ones I've had since childhood. I really love the Oh Holy Night wall art too!

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  5. Your tree is lovely, Victoria, and and I'm sure the rest of the decorations are just as beautiful. I love how you've managed to capture beauty with simplicity early in the season so you can sit back and relax and enjoy the REASON for this season! Well done, my friend!

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  6. But you didn't mention that AMAZING canvas next to your tree! I just want, want, want it. Which means I might spend my night trying to make something that sort of resembles it! :)

    Your tree is gorgeous. We do a color scheme too, red and silver and white... And basically, I buy ANYTHING that's covered in glitter because I just can't turn away from the sparkles. Yeah, I'm that girl. :) Thank you for joining us Victoria!

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  7. Okay I AM IN LOVE with your burlap tree skirt. I am such a burlap addict! Oh, and I completely understand how your list can feel overwhelming at times. I look at mine and wonder how I am going to complete it all. But we will get them done girl! I am so glad you stopped by my blog! I love that we have so much in common, especially with those panel walls. NOT FUN! I would love for you to follow along with me on my blog :)

    http://sincerelymrslo.blogspot.com/

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  8. Your tree is beautiful and I LOVE the skirt! We bought and decorated our tree Saturday and it is too tall for our apartment. The top have to frump over in yeild to the ceiling which is kind of funny. Tiny apartment problems! Also, love your coat (the black and white one) So pretty! Where did you get it?!

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  9. I love to slowly collect Christmas decor! I'm on my third year of collecting and I think next year's big buy will be a nice nativity scene :)

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  10. I love everything about that lil corner of your home! So simple yet gorgeous! To prepare for Christmas, I took a trip to Hobby Lobby with a budget in mind, and picked up enough craft supplies to finish off our Christmas decor that I started last year. I spent last week finishing 4 different projects and also framing some of my own prints from my shop. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your posts from this link up!

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  11. that is such a gorgeous tree! i love that it's so put together, like a proper lady. someday, one year at least, i want to have a themed christmas tree that is pulled together like yours.

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  12. not sure if my other comment came through, but long story short, your tree is gorgeous, your decor sounds gorgeous. applause all around!

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  13. I really love the rustic chic look you have going on in your house! It really does look like something out of a magazine! Did you paint the Oh Holy Night canvas? If so, you are talented my friend!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

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  14. Your tree is gorgeous ! I couldn't wait to see how you would decorate it :) It's really nice ! And I love the frame at the back :)

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  15. Where did you get your canvas? Gorgeous!

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  16. Love the canvas! Where did you get it?

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