A Colorful Christmas

Y'all, this holiday season has been busy... which is great for business, but that also means that this girl is TIRED! The sad truth is I was too worn out to put up all of my Christmas decorations this year.  As much as I love my Snow Village, garlands, nativity scenes and Santas, I didn't have the time or the energy to do it.  I also didn't want all the STUFF out.  When I put the decorations away, I'm always relieved that my house is clean and clutter-free...  so I decided to bring on all of that feel-good happiness a few weeks early.  The decorations were minimal, and I used a lot of rearranged everyday items, but it was a welcome change that I've enjoyed.  Below are a few of my favorite details  from this year's "Colorful Christmas": The Mantle - I opted for retro bottle brush trees and a watercolor painting from my grandmother.  I had the hardest time finding "pastel" stockings, so I ended up spending an hour or so with my mom's trusty Singer sewing machine to make my own.  They're not pretty up close, but they'll work for now.  (These trees are so fun - we even used them to dress up our lockers at the store this year.)dsc_1072sm dsc_1069sm The combination of the colorful trees and bright pillows (borrowed from the guest room) make for a cheerful and cozy fireside spot (Lucy agrees). img_1902sm My Tree - This year I went with a Nordmann Fir, adorned as usual with white lights and my colorful plastic balls.  It's dog-friendly and easy - exactly what I needed! dsc_1204smNostalgia - This is my favorite nativity.  For no good reason other than I've always loved it.  Since I've lived in this house, it's been an amazing addition to my kitchen decor, mostly because I can keep it safe inside a cloche on the counter. dsc_1221smA Paper Lover's Nativity -  I bought this cardboard nativity a few years ago at an estate sale because it's the same one my mom got from her mother. It fits perfectly on top of my grandmother's mini piano. dsc_1205sm A Bright Entry - A colorful ball ornament wreath and abstract painting by my grandmother at the door kicks off the colorful feel for this year's decor! dsc_1210sm Red/Green Books - Instead of packing up all my books, I decided to utilize the red and green ones for my entryway display.  One less thing to pack up, and a great way to use something I already have out.  It's a win-win, right? dsc_1224sm The Church - This new addition to my decorations has been a favorite - it's a wooden church for holiday cards!  It checks all the boxes:  cute, useful, and efficient. img_2204sm2