I know this is WAY late but I wanted to share a bit of our home's Christmas with you before I pack it all up for the year. I do LOVE Christmas-ing my house. In my life of pursuing minimalism I have found that one thing I truly love are my Christmas decorations. I may part with a few of the smaller things after this season but my three big trees and all the nativities must remain.
First the outside. We do as much as we can without an extension ladder.
What you can't see very well through the trees is a small blue light Christmas tree in the upstairs window and a white tree in the downstairs office window. The new white tree in my office tree is Penn State themed. Bought the tree and blue ornaments cheap after Christmas last year. A stuffed Nittany Lion sits perched at the top.
What you can see easily from the outside is my smaller gold decor tree on the landing. I love it. Also hung from the landing is a huge wreath my mom's husband made for us and some icicle lights that brighten up the living room.
Prelit garland on the mantle adds even more warmth and glow.
I love my stocking holders, even though they don't sit flush on the mantle and can easily be pulled off and wound someone's head or foot.
I used to not want any Santa decor around the house, but I do like this one. Also things with glitter or sparkle have a prominent role in my holiday decor.
Speaking of glitter, check out the two Christmas ornaments the fine folks at Sea World gave me this year! Penguins are my favorite animal so I love this glittery guy, and the shiny stingray is especially appropriate since they opened Aquatica this year.
One thing I have a lot of around the house are nativity scenes. I love this one my mom bought for my kids when they were much smaller.
Apparently I forgot to take a good photo of our 9 foot Christmas tree, so here's the Instagram I took after Santa stopped by.
So now that I've completely enjoyed my Christmas things for well over a month, it's time to take them down till next year. I bought nothing at all after Christmas this year, a true first for me.
Next year we'll have one more stocking to hang by the fireplace whether she's home with us yet or not. I'm praying for a miracle on that one, and I won't even mind having to baby proof the trees.