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Over the years of decorating with little kids in the house, I have learned to hit the high spots when it comes to Christmas decorating.

A little color on the couch, some festive greenery and a Nativity set the kiddos can play with.



On the mantle or Nativity set speaks for itself. The accessories are slightly simpler this year with handmade finger garland and pom-pom garland.


The Wise Men journey from afar. I guess the donkey is less interested.


Our tree has a blue and silver in theme, with a stand out pink ornament in memory of our daughter, Celeste. We used to corral our Christmas tree to keep toddlers out, then I started elevating it so I could see the bottom of it. Last year I realized we could just put it on a normal height table. And so we did. And so I love it. The only thing at risk is the lowest level of tinsel.



I purchased this rocking horse and doll crib from Selective Antiques in Hughson. The wine box in the crib is filled with Christmas books I collected over the years. I made the double sided tree skirt from home decor fabrics bought on clearance at the now closed and sorely missed, Home Fabrics.


We acquired this white aluminum tree and ornaments last year for Peter’s hospital room. It was quite remarkable encountered it again and realizing how far we have come.


I’ve been searching for a way to hang these vintage ornaments acquired from my parents. I think this year it might be just right, for a bit of whimsy.


Each year, I hang garland the ornaments for the 12 Days of Christmas above our bay window. We sing the song as we hang them.


This is where I begin to struggle to find space since nothing can go on the coffee table (it ends up on the ground). But I love these items and their metallic sheen.


It is not Christmas yet! I create our Advent wreath each year using fresh greenery. The basic metal ring is placed in a footed fruit bowl with evergreen, berries and seeds added. The boxwood wreath is a faux find from Ikea. I’m loving these beeswax Advent candles from the Cloister Shoppe. Unfortunately, I did not see any for sale this year.


I made another slightly shabby, wreath from evergreen clippings picked up at the Christmas tree lot.


It was a great mood boost for me last year that everywhere I looked, there was some festive decoration. I am, happily, not a minimalist.