I love December. I love Christmas.  I love everything about it. The music, the lights, the spirit of giving….everything.  I love putting up Christmas decor in my home for the holidays. Decorations we have collected over the years mean a lot to me and have special memories, so it is fun to get them out and remember every year. This year was especially fun for us because I have a beautiful new backdrop to display Christmas around.  Here is the way my home looks this year in my family room and kitchen.  I wouldn’t say I was a trendy Christmas decorator. The things I have, the ornaments I display have special meaning to me, so that is what goes up, and that is what I love.

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When you first walk in, I have displayed my Christmas village. It glows so pretty at night, and the kids love to set it up and look at it during the Christmas season.

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You can see all the way through when you open the door, so I have put the tree on the back wall so we can see it when we walk in.

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My tree isn’t a designer tree, but every ornament we put on the tree has meaning for us.  Each year the kids pick an ornament and I write their name and year on the ornament.  We also get an ornament on every vacation we take, either as a family or separately.  We have ornaments from Yellowstone, Jackson, Vegas, Rome, New York, Paris….all over.  This is a fun way to remind us each year of memories we have had together as a family.

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I have kept the room simple this year. I have put out a plaid blanket, a furry blanket, and some fun Christmas treasures to give the room a wintery almost cabin feel.

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I had an old tray that had butterflies painted on the inside. I took some wrapping paper in to cover the bottom, added some books, a bowl with dried oranges and a fun bottle with berries in it.  The books are Christmas books from my Grandma. I love setting out Christmas books to read, and also to remember loved ones who read the stories to you, or gave you the books.

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My uncle made these fun reindeer for us as a gift last year, and I was so excited to put them out. I also found this fun Christmas sign at a boutique in Logan in October.  I love the fun vintage feel it gives to the room.

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I went fairly simple in the kitchen this year.  I added a few touches to my counters, the advent cookie sheet, and hung some ornaments on the light fixture.  That is all it seemed to need.

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It has been fun decorating and remembering Christmas’s past.