It is our very first Christmas in this house and I am very excited to share with you pictures of how we have decked our house out for the big day!
Outside my husband spent one very long afternoon up a ridiculously large ladder before the snow hit to get our exterior lights up. It makes me happy when I go out at night and come home to the twinkling lights!
We decided to make the switch from a real Christmas trees to an artificial one this year. I miss the piney smell, but it is sure nice having the tree up early to enjoy and not having to vacuum up pine needles. It only took a few days and my two year old was bee-lining to the tree first thing in the morning to make sure it was lit up!
The tree is upstairs in our bonus room so the kids won’t have far to come down and see if Santa has come. There was some debate over where to put it, but I think this works best. There is lots of room for the 9 foot tree and that room has a soft carpeted floor for the kids to open their gifts on and play Christmas morning.
Two of my favorite new ornaments on are tree this year are this handprint reindeer and snowglobe my little guy made at preschool. He is not big on crafting, so I appreciate when he does actually bring home a craft.
I also was feeling a bit of puppy mommy guilt as we were decorating the tree and I realized Rumbull had no ornaments yet so I got him this one when we were at the mall for our annual visit to Santa. I was very excited to find a personalized one that matches Nova’s!
The kids DIY stocking are new this year and you can read more about how I made them here. They have been hung on the stair railing next to the tree where Santa can easily find them.
I also found some new throw cushions for the couch and a placed a few small Christmas accessories we already owned throughout the room to make it festive. Dontcha just love our giant couch!? It has been perfect to cuddle up on as a family and watch all those great Holiday specials over the last month!
On the main floor, I still haven’t managed to get any pictures hung on the living room walls so I had a blank slate to work with for Christmas decorations. My sister in law pinned these pretty DIY Snowflake Popsicle Ornaments from Fab DIY and when I realized how easy and inexpensive they would be, I decided to make some.
I painted mine white and hung them alongside some wooden snowflakes I found at the Dollar Store. I love the way they pop against the color of our living room wall and the big impact it makes for just the cost of some popsicle sticks and hot glue! And, you can also see my sister in law’s stir stick versions here.
And, of course, I added a couple more Christmassy cushions for the couches in this room!
Our fireplace has a clean, modern look that I really like, but I do miss not having a mantle to decorate. In our old house we had a large corner mantle that I would set my Christmas village out on so this year I had to figure out a new solution. I ended up filling my China cabinet with the village and it turned out pretty well.
My Christmas village is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer themed so I decided to carry that theme through some of the other decorations on our main floor. My DIY Rudolph banner look great hanging over the dining table, and I love the little snowglobe inspired centerpiece I made using with my new ornaments from Target. Hop on over to Moms and Munchkins to get the free printable file I created to make your own flying Rudolph Banner.
We had considered putting the Christmas village up in the niche over the front closet, but the configuration wouldn’t have worked well. I ended up coming up with this cute Rudolph scene after making some simple mountain shapes from foamcore and hot glue. We already had the sleigh and used it as an excuse to buy the Rudolph and Hermey figures from Walmart.
I also put up my small 4′ tree in the living room and put all the Rudolph ornaments I have collected over the last several years on it.
Finally, one simple DIY project I did were these quick snowmen on each of the kids bedroom doors. This is not an original idea, but still one worthy of a share because it is so simple and fun for the little ones. Mine were cut from foam sheets and wrapping paper.
Phew. If you have made it this far I hope you have enjoyed my tour. I think I have made a good start to decorating our new house for the holidays and hopefully I can add to my decorations over the next few years. I would love some Christmas themed accessories and towels for the bathrooms!