Happy December! It’s my favorite time of the year to decorate. When I can fully embrace my love of all things sparkly, shiny or glittery.
I forced myself to follow my self-imposed rule this year and waited until the day after Thanksgiving before climbing the rickety ladder up into the ovenlike attic for the Christmas totes. (The attic ceiling is a bit low so I was unable to stand up straight and had to do my best hunchback imitation instead.)
Taking all the totes out of the attic is a pain (literally) and it usually takes the better part of the week to fully decorate everything, but it is so exciting to see the design in my head finally come to fruition.
Each year I do a different Christmas design on the mantel. This time I knew I wanted the blue ornament wreath (I made after Christmas last year) to be the star. I hung the blue (Southern Breeze by Behr) shutters behind the wreath to frame it out and to highlight the ornaments. This was the first year that I had my black painted mantel wall at the holidays so I decided to go with a silver and white contrast for the rest of the decor. Just a few simple trees.
The two tinsel trees on either end of the mantel were purchased a few years ago from Walmart for a Christmas party. They were only a few dollars each. The mirrored triangular tree on the right was a recent find at Target. The LOVE mirror I found at Hobby Lobby a few years ag0 and “love” to use it at Christmastime. The silver beaded tree on the left was purchased at Marshalls two years ago. I’ve had the deer hiding in my closet for many years. It hadn’t been used much in the last few seasons since it’s burnished gold color wasn’t in high demand. This year I painted it white and brought it center stage to go with the rest of my theme. The scrolly tree was another Marshall’s find that I also spray painted white.
The kitty is fascinated by the Christmas trees. She loves to hide under them and occasionally nibble on the branches.
So what about you? Do you subscribe to the school of early holiday decorating or staunchly wait until a week before Christmas to put up your holiday finery?
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