However, I feel overwhelmed at times with seasonal decorating.
I want my family to enjoy a festive house too, but without a stressed out mom. I have pared down my Christmas decor to 3 tubs in recent years. They are even labeled in priority 1, 2 & 3. So if nothing else happens, stockings and such will be pulled out of tub #1 without much hassle. Everything I used this year to decorate can fit into one tub!
We pulled the pre-lit Christmas tree out of the basement in the beginning of December and have enjoyed an unadorned tree for the first part of the month!
This weekend I added two rolls of burlap ribbon (one plain, one plaid), our simple star, and some paper banners. And I am DONE! And totally ok with that. In fact, I think I really, really like the simple tree this year. It is somewhat refreshing.
I was inspired by Home by Heidi and this post for the paper banners. You can print beautifully designed banners from the Just Destiny blog, but I wanted to try out the print and cut feature on my silhouette so I made my own.
I am trying to find the motivation to pull down the "THANKFUL" banner I made last month and replace it with something for Christmas. I'm also ok with the idea that it can stay put for a while. :)
Two Christmas pillows, a simple tree, garland & stockings on the mantle, and gingerbread houses made by my little blonds are just enough for this family to enjoy without feeling like it will take days to undo.
Merry-Simply-Decorated-Christmas to you!
For some Christmas inspiration
check out the Nesting Place.