This year I spent very little time on our decorations. More than anything, my favorite décor element right now is ‘clean’. But the day before our one and only Christmas party I did cut a few boughs, add in some holly and had my oldest help me clean up the front porch.
My Christmas tree this year was decorated with handmade ornaments that my daughter and I made and silver and red jingle bells. It was very simple, very clean, and very lovely.
Here are a few of the ornaments that we made over the years. The burned wooden rounds and scrabble tiles were this year. I also made and gave many as gifts. I have started adding the years on each of these ornaments so I know when we made which ones.
The mantel was equally simple with the same burlap banner that I used for fall, but instead of pressed leaves into it, I did a garland of blinking star lights. Sugar Pine cones and a greenery garland draped on top of the mantel finished it off with some red candles.
I have seen so many design blogs that create these whole new spaces for the holidays. I can’t help but think, what a chore! Yes, they are beautiful, but I really like ‘simple’ and ‘clean’ best of all. Always.