So as soon as the man of the house gave us the ok, we all went straight to work on bringing in our sparkly spirit!
Samantha was able to help with most of the decorating this year, and I found some plastic icicles and star-burst that Skylar could hang without me fearing that she would Hulk-Smash every breakable thing she touches.....sometimes she gets REALLY excited....and likes to REALLY love on things....until they break.....
Please excuse my HORRID pictures....remember how I said Skylar likes to "love" things....well she loved my camera....a lot....so much so that it broke. I'm hoping I have been good enough this year for Santa to sneak a new camera in to my stocking, but until then we are stuck using pictures from my busted up phone (not busted because she loved it too much...busted because it loved the ground too much...so much that it felt like jumping out of my pocket and giving the ground a very intense hug...........................need I add that I had only had the phone for 8 days when this happened....and the extra cute zebra print case that I special ordered on line came in exactly 2 days AFTER it was smashed to bits.................ya, I have terrible luck with electronics)
Don't you just lurrrrve my pretty tree :) I know I do! and yes, that is one of those pinterest famous no sew ruffle skirts (its not nearly as easy as you want it to be...but def not too difficult for a beginner)
Most of my ornaments are cheap....walmart...target....hob lob....etc. my style changes (this is prob my 4th or 5th color scheme in the 11 years that I've lived on my own) so over time I have learned to not spend too much on ornaments and just go for quantity over quality.
I love having a mantle this year...last year we were in an apartment at Christmas time...no fireplace...no mantle....our stockings were hung from our bar with care.................................ya not too merry lol.
This is just 3 $2 9 foot garlands from walmart overlapped in to each other to and a string of the frosted white lights. I also bought some silver deco mesh (6 inch...unwired) and fluffed it up in the garland to add some color. The silver snowflakes were from target as well as the silver stockings....don't you love my "JOY" sign....thank you very much Target Dollar Spot :) (I got it last year, but I saw some of these up there last week....get them now...they go fast cause they are cute and cheeeeep!)
Having my Christmas decor up has made me SO happy...I have spent the last few nights just enjoying that space...no need for TV or noise, just sitting by the fire place and loving my decorations. Its my style. It didn't break my budget. and I love it.
Thats what Christmas decorations are about...make it about you...and your style. If your family is country chic....why on earth are you busting out elaborate gold and cranberry decorations? Grab some burlap, cinnamon sticks and red yarn and bring your style in to Christmas...If you have 3 kids under the age of 5, maybe you just put lights on the tree and let them decorate it with the 5000 homemade "ornaments" that they are going to bring home between now and the 25th....point being....don't let the whole "keeping up with the joneses" thing make decorating for Christmas a stressful thing.
and give your tree a crown....it deserves it :)
Merry Christmas y'all!