Simple Christmas Decor and Traditions

Simple Christmas Decor

Have you decorated for Christmas yet?  If not, don’t worry!  In no time at all you can turn your home in to a winter wonderland without breaking the bank.  Today I’m going to share some simple ideas and tips for decorating your home this Christmas and any season, and I’ll be talking about a few Christmas traditions I like for the family.

Christmas Wreath

 

I got his wreath a couple of years ago; it was in a set with some garland and trees.  It was pre-lit but very plain looking, so I just spent a few dollars on some Christmas balls and ornament hooks, and attached them to the wreath.  I chose all red to match our door and shutters and also just to keep things simple and clean.

And one thing I love about this is that I can easily remove these and add other balls or ornaments for a totally different look.

Of course, Christmas stockings are a must!  Even before having any kids I always put our stockings for the dog and cats.  Atop this shelf, I also  have a cute little Christmas sign; you’ll notice as I decorate I’ve got some kind of Christmas sign sign or signs on each shelf.  I get a lot of these from the bargain section at Target, and I’ve also gotten some at the dollar store.

I also enjoy getting things like jars, lanterns or other containers and placing Christmas balls inside.  During other seasons, I like to use similar containers and fill them with fall leaves, Easter Eggs, flowers, or anything else that fits the season.  It is an easy and cheap way to decorate, and you can often use items you already own.

Christmas Decor

For this shelf, I just added a few items in front of my already existing decor.  As you can see, we have more signs and a container of Christmas balls.  There’s also a Santa Hat; since taking this photo, I’ve added another Santa hat on top of the lantern on the left side.  Again, the Santa hat is something cheap, and yet it is very festive for this time of year, and quite often you may already have a Santa hat on hand.

We also have a Christmas Countdown.  I think these are so fun for kids.  I’ve had the one pictured above, but I may get another when Thaxton is bigger.  Here is a great collection of Christmas Countdowns.  This one from Melissa & Doug is very cute and inexpensive.

I’m also considering doing a Jesse Tree as part of our Christmas traditions for advent and am currently looking at resources for that.

You’ll also notice that we have an Elf on the Shelf here.  Thaxton got this for his birthday, and I’m looking forward to doing this tradition with him as he gets older.

And of course, we have our Christmas tree. (Here’s a great deal on a Christmas tree if you need one.  And Target has a great selection of shatterproof balls.  I got a box of 50 for just $15.) The Christmas tree is my favorite Christmas tradition.  I’m actually planning a post on ornament traditions.  I have a ton of Christmas ornaments, some of which I’ve had since childhood, and I always have a good time selecting which ornaments will appear on the tree.

I hope you enjoyed checking out some of our Christmas decor!  I’d love to hear your comments and any ideas you’d like to share!

 

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 352

Hello all! Thank you for stopping by for this week’s Friday Favorites party!  Before we get to this week’s features, I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays in general.  I hope you all have an awesome weekend with your family, filled with love and a a lot of great memories!

I also have one last minute Christmas gift for everyone…a giveaway!  It is a giveaway for all my cooking friends out there, and it is a $25 Gift Card to Chef’D.  This is one of those services where they send you fresh ingredients in the mail, to help you create gourmet meals.  I recently got to try them out, and I had a great experience with it.  The giveaway was just posted, and it will be open for a week, so please head over and enter.

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Christmas Party Must-Haves from Oriental Trading

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Oriental Trading and received free products to facilitate this post.

Christmas is almost here! Many companies, schools, and even families have already celebrated their yearly Christmas party, but there’s still a lot of partying left to go!  Oriental Trading always has a wide of variety of seasonal items to help you create the ultimate party!  I recently received an entire box of Christmas items that could turn any ordinary holiday dinner into something merry and bright! Today I’m going to highlight those items and tell you why I recommend them for your holiday bash!

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Table Decor

I found the cutest plates and napkins (pictured above).  There’s just something about this mix of colors and patterns that make me smile.  They are bright and bold with a touch of the whimsical, and I think they look great for adult or children’s parties.  Also managed to find this polka dot table cloth, featuring pictures of Santa, an elf, rudolph, and a snowman.  I think it goes quite nicely with the plates and napkins.

As you prepare your party today, you need dishes to serve your food.  The Christmas tree, bauble, and snowman trays above come in a set of 12 (4 of each design).  Their cute shapes and colors make them a perfectly festive way of serving up appetizers, snacks, candies, as well as your favorite holiday sides, or even pulled turkey! It’s also an affordable to serve your food in style without spending a lot of fancy serving trays. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 350 – w/ Christmas Ornament Giveaway

Hello everyone! Welcome to a special edition of Friday Favorites.  This week we are celebrating linky party #350.  That is a lot of link ups!  I want to thank everyone who stops by and links up with us each week (and anyone who just stops by to check out the features and shared posts).  I know that many of you have been linking up here for a long time, and I definitely appreciate it!

To celebrate 350 weeks and as a special Christmas treat, I am offering a giveaway from my Etsy shop.  I’m also offering 10% off this weekend with coupon code: MERRYCHRISTMAS.

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 349

Happy December, Friends! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party! This week we have so many fun ideas for the holidays! I’m sure that you will enjoy each and every one of them!  Please take a moment to look around, and as always I invite you to share your ideas with us so that we may feature you here!

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Hand Stamped Jewelry & Christmas Ornaments + Small Business Saturday

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Today is Small Business Saturday!  Across the country people are supporting small business by shopping small!  I’m happy to call myself a small business owner; apart from my blog and content services, I also have an Etsy shop.  It feels good to be able to do something creative and use my talents to make money for my family, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity that I have a to a work from home mom! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 348 – with Giveaway from Leroy Lime

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! And welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  I hope you’re having a lovely holiday week, and I appreciate you taking the time away from your holiday festivities to spend a moment with us.  While you’re here I invite you to check out our giveaway from Leroy Lime.  The giveaway is for a sweet piece of Christmas tree garland, and we have a lot of easy entry options for you!

I’d also like to take a second and invite you by my Etsy shop this weekend.  I sell hand stamped Christmas ornaments and jewelry, and for the holiday weekend, I’m offering customers 10% off with coupon code GIVETHANKS.

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 347 + a Christmas Giveaway from LeroyLime

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  This week we have a very special edition.  Not only have our hostesses picked some fantastic holiday ideas for you to take a look at, but we also have a giveaway for you this week! Yay!

The giveaway is for something that’s handmade…it follows under the category of holiday decor…and it comes to you from our friend and Friday Favorites hostess Dawn of LeroyLime.  Dawn has been hosting Friday Favorites with me for nearly a year, and she was a regular visitor to the party long before then.  She is also an avid crafter with her own Etsy shop, and I’m very excited to feature her shop here today!

Please check out the giveaway below; you can get 5 entries just for linking up a post this week!  But if you don’t have a blog, that’s okay too!  There are a lot of other entries that don’t require you to participate in the party (although we’d love to have you!).

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DIY No Sew Pet Blanket and Pet Stockings with Purina

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When I go out shopping these days, the aisles are decked with Christmas decorations and great gift ideas.  I can’t help but get in the spirit of the season and start planning my holiday shopping list.  And as I get ready to prepare my gift list, I always include my four legged family members!  The Simply Sweet Home dog and cats get a stocking each year, filled with food, treats, and toys.  And we have a good time watching as they receive these gifts.  Today I’m going to show you how a few products from Purina can help you to make your pets Christmas merry and bright!  And I’m going to share a tutorial for a DIY Pet Blanket, the perfect handmade gift for your dog or cat.

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Tres Leches Pumpkin Cupcakes

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The holiday season is almost here! (Or is it here already?)  And with that, comes holiday baking and snacking!  When you’re an on-the-go mom, you don’t always have time to spend a whole day in the kitchen baking up something for the family Thanksgiving or the church potluck.  Luckily NESTLÉ® is here to save a day with whole host of baking staples and creative products that make holiday baking easy and fun!  Today’s featured recipe is actually two recipes in one.  I’ll be sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Muffins, and then I’ll show you how can transform those muffins in to Tres Leches Cupcakes. [Read more…]