I’m so excited to be joining nine other fabulous bloggers for a Merry Little Christmas Blog Hop, and sharing with you the holiday decor in our family room.
The images of gorgeous Christmas decor has been floating around the internet, blogland, Facebook, and Pinterest for weeks and it is amazing! I’ve been blown away with all the beautiful homes decked out for the holidays, and I have to admit, it’s also been a little intimidating!
I keep our holiday decor pretty simple these days, even though I have tubs and tubs of Christmas ornaments and various decorations stored away in the attic, that have been collected over the years.
But several years ago, after spending days and days decorating, I realized that I wasn’t enjoying it much. Holiday decorating had become stressful. It was taking so much time to get everything decorated and I began to dread getting it all out, putting it up, and then dreaded the time it was going to take to get it all down, once Christmas was over.
I wasn’t enjoying what this season is really all about, so I decided that I was going to simplify things and bring the quiet and calm of Christmas back into our home. I started decorating with natural elements, keeping it simple, and easy to do, leaving time to enjoy and breathe in the season.
Most of the decor that I used in the family room came from cuttings from our yard; oranges, pears, lemons, and nuts from the grocery store; and pine clippings from the scrap pile at the tree lot.
The tree was dressed in white lights, and I considered leaving it that way. There was something about the simplicity of it that I loved, but in the end I did add a few more elements.
I cut small sticks and branches from the yard, as well as some leaves and pinecones, spraying them with gold metallic paint and poked them in throughout the branches, and also added a few dripping chandelier crystals.
And of course, there is a bird’s nest in the branches, as well as one perched on top of our clock. My mama always believed that if you had a bird’s nest in your Christmas tree, you would have luck all of the following year, so there is always at least one or two in our decor every Christmas.
Our mantel is dressed with a natural pine garland, oranges, white lights, and a few ornaments and moss balls. I placed my century old Holy Family statue in the center with a couple of larger chalkware nativity sheep on each side.
My big cement lamb got a little dressed up with a burlap scarf, a few old ornaments, and a sprig of pine greenery. He stands on the hearth of the fireplace all year long, so it’s easy to “dress him up” for what ever season it is.
I collect antique religious pieces, so I pulled out a couple of my favorites and used them in a smaller vignette on the coffee table.
One of my favorites is this French plaster statue of little St. John the Baptist holding the Lamb in his arms.
I use boxwood wreaths and moss balls in my decorating all year long, so it was really easy to give them a little Christmas pizazz with the addition of a simple ornament and gold ribbon.
A few ornaments scattered on a side table, with some sprigs of greenery in a little vintage pitcher, and I’m close to being done!
Using fresh pine garland is perfect for adding holiday touches to mirrors, tables, or architectural pieces, and it makes your home smell just like Christmas!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my simplified decorating in the family room!
Be sure and head over and visit the other blogs on the Christmas blog hop and take a peek inside their beautiful homes to see how they decorate for the holidays!