I’ve been drooling over the gorgeous holiday decor on sites like Pinterest and Houzz lately, but the reality in our house is a little more kitschy and haphazard and a little less “winter wonderland”.
Here’s our living room, warm and cozy. But don’t be fooled by the Instagram filters! There is not much going on here!
We’re talking a Christmas tree my 4-year-old completely commandeered (more on that in a minute), a garland from Home Depot that I balanced on the mantel, and my one go-to Christmas decorating move which I call the annual “piling of the ornaments”:
I scored those oversized ornaments at Costco. Cool, right?
I also took approximately 3 minutes to wind a fake garland around the bannister. Talk about speed decorating!
Oh and the tree – our four-year-old completely took over the tree decorating process and decided Gallon-sized Ziploc bags would be a great core design element:
Every time I walk by I see new
huge pieces of junk ornaments hanging from this tree! He is like a human Christmas elf, churning out construction paper, scotch tape, and Ziploc decor on an hourly basis.
Let’s just say I’ve lost all control.
Now, I don’t mean to complain! But I have to admit I’m a little bashful when I have visitors over.
I guess because I’m in the business of decorating, I really do want to WOW people. Magnolia branches! Real evergreen garlands! Angels singing!
But what visitors get instead is basically the Christmas clearance aisle. And nifty new ideas for their Ziploc bags.
I will say, my kids look at our lights and our tree and they see magic. There is just pure wonder on their little faces and it does give me pause. I suppose I could just focus on what they see, and not worry about the rest!
Is anyone with me here? Do you feel completely tapped out by the rest of your life and it leaves little creativity or time to decorate for the holidays?? Can we all make a pact to just keep it real this year??
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