Christmas scenes around the house + our cards

13 December 2023

Just a quick post today to share a few scenes from around our Christmas home!

With the way our house is laid out – one main open room on the first floor, so only a few walls and corners – we just don’t have that many surfaces to decorate. While our nativity may be clustered around our TV instead of luxuriating on a foyer table or piano top, I think this year more than ever we made the most of what we do have.

Come on in!

Before we step inside, let’s pause on the porch. I envisioned Christmas wreaths on our front gates before they were even built and they live up to all my dreams! Wreaths are from Trader Joe’s and the bows are from Etsy.

Our cheery red front door never shines more than at Christmas. Wreath is from Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm and the bow is from Etsy.

My beloved Advent calendar!

These cardboard gingerbread houses were a very fun after-school project last week! I cut shapes from a delivery box and we all used white paint and white paint pens to add detail. The paint pens made it easy to achieve an elegant look even for our five year old. We didn’t trust Annie with them, but she had fun going to town with the white paint – the kids decided her houses were in the midst of a snowstorm, ha.

Popping a few bows in unexpected places was a new addition this year.

We had a German Christmas pyramid growing up and it was one of my very favorite decorations. I asked for the exact same one as a gift the first year we were in our house – this is it! The tablecloth is from HomeGoods.

All dressed up for Articles Club last night!

The pine garland is a new addition this year and is excellent quality. Sadly, it’s sold out (I went back to buy another for our stairs!), but I’d put in your email to be notified if you’re interested! That’s how I snagged these two earlier this year. Here are the candles (battery operated but with real wax!) and candleholders.

This canvas, one of Lindsay Letters’ very first, was a wedding gift more than a decade ago.

This may be of niche interest, but I wanted to share just in case. I bought two of these little caroling books ($4!) at the start of the season, and they have been fun for guitar singalongs. June, especially, loves them and has squirreled one away to her room in an attempt to memorize the lyrics to every Christmas song :)

Finally, here is a peek at our Christmas card! June and I chose the design together and I love that it’s festive while still working with our outfit color palette.

Thanks for stopping in, friends! If you have any questions about anything I haven’t mentioned, just drop a note in the comments.

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December 14, 2023 6:26 am

The carol books just unlocked a memory for me of practicing Christmas carols year round on the piano when I was little so I could memorize them, ha! Kindred spirit, June!

December 14, 2023 12:47 pm

It is on my list to buy that German Christmas pyramid! I have always loved those and was mesmerized by it on Tuesday night!