The kids and I decorated our Christmas tree tonight. We just couldn’t wait one. more. minute. In fact, I have been slowly adding Christmas touches to my house for the past few weeks. This is a time of year and a season that I enjoy and look forward to all year. For me it’s not about Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day (although I cherish those as well) but more about the whole season together and what it represents. Thankfulness, gratitude, love for our Savior and love for each other.
Making my house feel magical for my family during this special time of year brings me so much joy. I like to spread it out! Decorate when the mood strikes. Add a little here and a little there. I don’t like to feel rushed. The smell of fresh greenery and the lights of the Christmas tree add such a warmth and coziness to our home. I want to enjoy it for longer than the few weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas! The holiday lights remind me of how much I have to be grateful for. They remind me to slow down and cherish this time with my family.
I know a lot of people like to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. That’s great. Some years we have done that too. I believe you should do whatever feels right for your family. For our family it felt right to turn on some Christmas music and decorate our tree today. We were all in the mood and had a blast. :) There is no right or wrong when it comes to holiday decorating. We plan to fully celebrate Thanksgiving and feel gratitude for all we have next to the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree. Sounds magical to me!
If you are like our family and are already decorating or thinking about decorating for this special time of year, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Christmas decor ideas I’ve found on-line. I hope these pictures give you a few ideas and inspire you as much as they do me!
I love fresh greenery. Aside from its intoxicating smell, I love the simplicity and elegance it adds. If you didn’t want to put it up and down your whole staircase, I love the idea of just placing some at the bottom of the stairs. Add a few ornaments and ribbon if you want to dress it up.
And I have always been a fan of using candy canes in Christmas decor. Another inexpensive way to add some holiday cheer!