While I love Christmas, I don’t do a lot of Christmas specific decorating. I find I don’t enjoy lugging a lot of cartons of decorations around or unpacking and then packing it all back up. So in the interest of preserving my love of Christmas, I keep my decorating very simple.
Without a large collection to draw from, I try to get creative with what I have. We collect pine cones on our walks through the woods each year all season long so by mid winter we have a fun collection to display. I display my pretty cookie cutters in a bowl, set out all my candles, and lay out the cozy throw blankets. A few pops of red and green finish off a Christmasy feel. It is just enough to get me excited about the holiday.
Baking is a big part of the season for a lot of us and I like to fill some mason jars with premixed dry cookie ingredients. I tie a tag around the neck with some baker’s twine and they function as practical, temporary (I don’t have to wrap and pack them away when the season is over!) decor and when I’m ready to get started on cookie baking, some of the work is already finished. It’s a win, win, win in my book. I also keep homemade hot cocoa mix and granola on hand all winter long, as well as a big bowl of oranges for some cheery color on gray days.
Slowly setting these things out around my house the weeks before Christmas is my way of preparing my heart and my home for the greatest gift of all. I savor the process of preparing for Christmas in small ways that allow me to fully enjoy the whole Christmas season.
Cookie cutters: similar
Striped taper candle: similar