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Sooo, when I said yes to participating in this year’s Farmhouse Christmas Blog Tour organized by Sheila of Maison De Cinq, I had no idea I would be just a few weeks out from major shoulder and bicep surgery. Because my arm is still a noodle and I can’t lift anything at all, it may come to no surprise to you that I have not decorated for Christmas, yet. I have started thinking about it if that counts!
Really, if I didn’t have my current physical limitations, I think I would have my decor out, but I’m not as independent this year and I can’t just pull out the bins when the mood strikes. We had our first snow followed by January-like temperatures and I am feeling that mood. I’m for the glow of Christmas lights, for puttering around the house, fidgeting with greenery and decorations, and sipping on a Caribou dark hot chocolate while I’m playing and creating.
I didn’t want to bow out of this awesome group, so I’m going to share some of my favorite “moments” from my Christmas decorations last year along with some of my favorite Christmas traditions. Looking through the ways I’ve decorated in the past has helped me prioritize what I want to do this year, since I need to scale back a little bit.
I absolutely loved what I did in our living room last year. I really dragged my feet on taking it down, because it was just so beautiful. You can find the details on the ornaments, stockings, the tree (an artificial one from Balsam Hill), etc. in THIS POST. It was packed full of ornaments, lambs ear, bells, pinecones, ribbon, pom-pom garland, and lots of lights.
I made the tree skirt a few years ago and you can find the tutorial HERE. The tree collar is from Balsam Hill and it was one of my favorite new additions to my Christmas decor last year. I liked that I could layer it over my homemade tree skirt.
I bought the knit stockings in an after Christmas sale a couple of years ago from Crate & Barrel. You can find them HERE. Now that I have three weeks of crocheting under my belt, I might try to make some for next year, so they can be personalized!
Before we even moved in, I imagined a little Christmas tree in a crock or basket on a stool in front of the back staircase. I’ve been using the same little tree from Target for the past three Christmases. They had it again last year, but I can’t find it this year.
Last year, I discovered this LED candle hack when I was sorting through my Christmas bins and happened to have a pile of vintage-style candle holders nearby as I was putting batteries in the LED candles. It’s such a simple little tree, but I love it.
One thing I’ve done for years is make an advent wreath out of candles, greenery, and an antique ironstone ring mold. It’s my own take on a Christmas tradition. Last year, for the first time, I used all artificial greens. I learned our first Christmas in this house that cut greens dried out in minutes! Well, not minutes, but they would be crispy brown fire hazards within a few days. I prefer live greens, but I found a collection of artificial versions that looked pretty good, even on close inspection. I share my favorite fakes HERE.
A tradition we’ve carried on for several years is filling mini grain sack stockings with little gifts and treats for the boys.
I’ve had the stockings hung in a garland and, most recently, decorated our dining room tree with them this year. Given my limitations, I’m not sure if we’re going to put up the dining room tree this year, so I might have to come up with a different plan for the advent stockings.
One tradition I can carry on without an issue is putting out a bowl of mixed nuts. My Oma used to do that every year and, even as a child, I gravitated towards the bowl and enjoyed using the nutcracker and tasting the contents of each shell to see if I liked it or not. The walnuts were and are definitely my favorite.
I keep mine in an ironstone bowl and use an antique English nutcracker I bought on Etsy a few years ago.
And, I plan to make Nuts & Bolts again. I am already starting to crave this stuff! THIS is the recipe I use.
And, I’ve already solicited some help with making gingerbread houses and ornaments. They are so much fun to make that it’s worth trying to figure it out with one good arm! Royal icing is very forgiving, so I think I can manage some left-handed designs.
You can find the recipe I use along with templates HERE.
I even make little “name cards” with gingerbread dough leftover from making the houses.
We’ll put up our tree over Thanksgiving break, but before then, I’ll start putting out some greenery and decor. If Jeff hauls up the bins for me, I can slowly do what I can do.
As far as new things I’d like to do this year… I’d love to crochet some snowflakes for our tree. My mom made them when I was a kid and I think that would be a fun project.
We’ll see what else inspires me this year…
Now, I’m going to send you along to the crazy talented Bre of Rooms for Rent. If you aren’t familiar with her work or her home, you’re in for a treat…
And here are the other Christmas home tours if you want some more inspiration…
Hosted by Maison de Cinq
And don’t miss yesterday’s tours!