Did you gobble ’till you wobble yesterday? I know I did! With it being two of my favorite days combined into one this year, (Thanksgiving & my birthday) I stuffed my face extra yesterday. Which I have zero regrets about by the way!
Anyways, with it being the day after Thanksgiving that can only mean one thing – Christmas decorations are going UP! So put on those stretchy pants, throw your hair in a pony and get your work out in by carrying those tubs down from the attic. Growing up, this was always a day I looked forward to. My Mom always had the tubs labeled and I could not wait to crack open the box labeled “Ashton’s Room”. Unwrapping the delicate pink ornaments and arranging them on my own little 3 foot tall tree definitely sparked my love for decorating for the Christmas.
With this being the first year I get to decorate my very own house and full size tree I am trying not to become overwhelmed and go overboard with decorations. Therefore, I have listed a few tips, tricks and a few trends I am currently loving and going to give a try!
- Cutting your own greens – I currently do this already and I highly recommend it! I talked shortly about cutting greenery in my Christmas In The Pines post last week. Since then, I came across Joanna Gaine’s article on making your own wreath with freshly cut greens in The Magnolia Journal Winter 2017 issue. I cannot wait to try it out!
- Using blankets for make shift linens – My Noni, Mom and I are huge estate sale junkies. A few months ago we ran across a loot of antique tartan blankets for $8 a piece! As I was flipping through Country Living’s December issue, tartan throws were everywhere! So this year my mainly red tartan throw is my tree skirt.
- Proper garland placement techniques – There is a hilarious meme going around Facebook about ‘Ornament Placement Disorder’ and I could not find it for this post! I died laughing because that is 110% my mother and me. I feel like ours goes deeper than just ornament placement, because when I ran across Michael’s tutorial on Instagram for placing ribbon on your tree my Mom was like “Oh my gosh send me that link!” So I have attached it for you all here. https://inspiredbycharm.com/2017/11/christmas-tree-ribbon-tips.html
- Sticking with decorations that have meaning not style – This is a point my family has really engraved in me. Every year there will be fad, style or theme for Christmas decorations, or any season for that matter that you will want to follow. That is fine if you are totally into starting from scratch every year. But over the years my Grandmother, Mother, Mother-In-Law and the list could go on, have accumulated ornaments, homemade pillows, school crafts, etc. that have such a personal meaning to them and they put them out every single year. You should have no shame putting that possessed looking wooden snowman that you made in Ag class or the sequin ornament that has your 2nd grade picture on it, because it brings memories and joy to everyone. That is what the holiday season is about right? Recollection of memories and enjoying the moments spent together.