Merry & Bright

Christmas is my favorite time of year (besides summer) but I like the season to start the day after Thanksgiving and preferably end the day after New Years. I feel like when it's stretched from Halloween to mid or in some cases late January (hello neighbors...?) it loses its luster. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, am I right?  We host most of the holidays at our house, and I wouldn't have it any other way, I look forward to the decorating and the preparing of all things festive. At Christmas, I try to swap out our holiday decor with the items we typically have out. That way it doesn't get too cluttered and when you do put away all the Christmas you can replace it with your normal items and your house doesn't look quite so bare. We have two trees, one that is in our kitchen/great room and one that is in our front living room that can be seen from the street outside. I like simplicity. We always only do white lights, it's just my thing, white lights outside, on the trees inside and the mantle. I add fresh cedar garland (which can be found at Trader Joe's, Costco or Home Depot) to the mantle as well layered over a faux pine garland (that's my way of saying a cheapo one from Michael's) but when it's layered with fresh you cannot tell. I bought the trees at IKEA, they have a bit of a Charlie Brown quality about them and I love that. I put them in baskets instead of a tree skirt, it adds some elevation and I think it looks charming. The color cream is my thing, I think it's fresh and cozy all at the same time. We have all the same cream knit stockings and plenty of cream knit pillows and throws throughout the house to pull it all together. Here's some shots of what we think makes our home merry & bright...

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I don't like to have all of the cards out on display because again, I'm not a big fan of clutter. But I LOVE to get Christmas cards so they are all in a little lunch box on our coffee table by the tree so we can look through them. Then at the end of the year, I keep them bundled together so we can look at them in the years to come. It's especially fun to see how each family grows and changes throughout the years. Side note: is that not the cutest Christmas card you have ever seen?! Those two little cuties are my nephews. 

I don't like to have all of the cards out on display because again, I'm not a big fan of clutter. But I LOVE to get Christmas cards so they are all in a little lunch box on our coffee table by the tree so we can look through them. Then at the end of the year, I keep them bundled together so we can look at them in the years to come. It's especially fun to see how each family grows and changes throughout the years. Side note: is that not the cutest Christmas card you have ever seen?! Those two little cuties are my nephews. 

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