What can I say, I LOVE Christmas! The lights, sounds, smells of the holiday…I love it all! As soon as December rolls around, I pull out my Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie candle. I love the smell of fresh-baked cookies, and nothing says Christmas like the scent of sugar cookies in the air! If you were to drop by our house in December, you would also notice that we often have Christmas music playing in the background (if my daughter is not watching the Trolls Holiday Special for the umpteenth time)! I love all the faves like “All I Want for Christmas” and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” If I’m feeling a bit saucy, I’ll put on SheDaisy’s “Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” Whatever happened to SheDaisy, btw?? I loved that group!
We also play a lot of Christmas hymns at home and in the car. For my family, Jesus is the Reason for the Season. I want my daughter to understand that Santa is great, and presents are nice, but that the true star of Christmas is the sweet babe born in a manger in Bethlehem. Some of our favorite hymns include “Away in a Manger” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” I love “We Three Kings” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman.” And my mother-in-law, who is the preacher of our church, sings a beautiful rendition of “I Wonder as I Wander” every year during the Christmas season.
So now that we have the mood for Christmas set with candles and songs, it’s time to get to decorating! I love decorating for Christmas, but I absolutely hate taking the Christmas decorations down. I’m someone who always gets just a bit blue when Christmas is over, and nothing makes me sadder than having to store all those lovely decorations away for another year.
I’ve come up with a pretty good solution to my decorating woes: winter decor, rather than only Christmas decor! Jeremy and I try to incorporate some decorations that can be left up all winter with our Christmas decorations.
For the foyer, we put up little snowflakes with red ribbon. These decorations will stay up until winter is over. We also have a Santa by the door, who will be tucked away after Christmas, but the winter theme will remain.
We will take the red ribbon off the column after Christmas. The sleigh bells and nativity scene will come off the door as well. But, the white trees will stay put until Spring!
The apothecary jars will remain on the piano after Christmas, but we will remove the Christmas decorations. These jars can be transformed for any season. I’m thinking of putting apples and pears in them for the springtime. These jars belonged to my mother, so they are incredibly special to me.
This simple pine dry sink was my grandmother’s. My father painted it for us and put a glaze over it to give the piece an antiqued look. I always keep vintage glassware in it that has been collected from family over the years.
In the nook, we will take down the Christmas packages, but leave the tree and lamp post. We will probably add some winter greens to fill in the space after the boxes are down.
So if you’re like me and just dread the thought of the after-Christmas deconstruction, do yourself a favor. Put out some winter decorations that can last the rest of the season. Most of our decorations came from Target and Big Lots. You can do a lot with a small budget, ya just have to be creative!