Here’s a peek into our home this year.
My favorite little snowman and simple tree with burlap wrapped around the bottom.
I love seeing how everyone decorates for Christmas, so I thought it would be fun to share our Christmas decor with you. Every year it changes a bit. I’ve shared our decor over the years, here’s a look at Christmas 2008.
One side of our entertainment center (credenza): I made the “merry” banner the snowman is holding using this alphabet from Lifestyle Crafts. The mailbox and the reindeer are both from the thrift store.
Peppermint trees. These are from Hobby Lobby. The metal tree is from the thrift store too.
Our Christmas advent calendar is one of my favorite things. I love the simple shape of it. I bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond and then I used mod podge to cover it in scrapbook papers. Our kids LOVE the advent calendar! I leave the little chalkboard up all year and just change the saying on it. The Christmas banner was also made using the same Lifestyle Crafts alphabet dies, you can get 20% off using promocode NoBiggie. The ribbon candy in the glass pedestal dish are tree ornaments. I love the look of ribbon candy, but I don’t really like to eat it, and the real stuff breaks so easily. So this is my solution. 🙂
This little church and bottle brush trees. I love white Christmas decor, and this is a start.
These little bottle brush trees are from JoAnn’s. They are ornaments, but I love them better sitting table top. They would be super simple to make too.
All this month I’m doing our own little version of Elf on the Shelf. I’ll share more on this later this month. Our little elf Barry swapped out our stockings for sneakers. 🙂
I found these sneaker stockings at Winco and thought they were so funny! Our stockings aren’t that sentimental and we weren’t too attached to them, so this is something fun to switch up.
A few new ornaments this year: “fra-gee-lay”,
little s’mores snowman with candy canes,
a little Afton ornament
I adore this ornament by Jim Shore.
I’ve been collecting brass deer from all my trips to the thrift store. I love how they look all together.
My most favorite Christmas decoration, which is new this year. It’s so beautiful.
There’s a story that goes with this beautiful picture of our savior and Mary. Last year after our little Afton had passed, my sweet sister-in-law Logan gave Kyle and I this beautiful picture for Christmas. It was Christmas Day night and all I wanted to do was cry my head off. I felt like I needed to keep it together for everyone else even though I was dying inside. I wanted someone to cry with me. When we unwrapped this beautiful picture, I couldn’t hold back the tears. It was such a sweet gift, but at the same time, it was hard to look at and not be reminded of everything I would be missing with Afton.
Knowing Logan’s thoughts as she gave it to us to help us remember that I will be able to experience all the joy with our daughter Afton after this life, is a sweet thought that I cherish. Bringing this beautiful picture out again this year, I look at it differently. I see our sweet Savior with Mary and all the promises his life on this earth give to us all. He is the reason for this season and it’s through him that we can have peace and hope and promises that we hold dear.