Since I didn’t do much decorating for Fall or Thanksgiving, I was itching to get out my Christmas decorations. I scaled back quite a bit (and actually got rid of a bunch of decorations) because I knew Nora would get into EVERYTHING… however, our house still feels really festive!
Come on inside and take a look!
When you walk in our front door, you walk right into the living room — and since we’ve knocked out almost every wall in our living room, we don’t have anywhere to put a tree 🙂
So, we have our main tree in the office by the French doors that lead out to a deck on the back of our house. I honestly really like it there because it’s out of the way, but still very visible from the big front window and from the living room.
Here’s a closer view — you can also see that I have our stockings hung on the shelves in our office since we don’t have a fireplace.
Instead of our traditional ornament-filled tree (that Nora would most certainly ruin), I opted for simple white lights and some jumbo candy canes. She LOVES the candy canes, and I love that she can’t break anything!
I also hung a simple red berry wreath on the top of the tree (I used the same berry wreaths on both of the doors as well).
We have 3 other Alpine trees in our dining room — and I absolutely LOVE how they look!
Here’s a look at our entire dining area from the living room.
I’m a huge fan of red in the kitchen (and anywhere else!) — which is why I painted our china hutch red. Fortunately, the red makes our home look extra festive during the holiday season.
I have a huge wooden star on top of the hutch along with a string of electric pillar candles that actually flicker just like real candles — how cool is that!
I have a few other simple festive details in our kitchen… including greenery and bells on Nora’s toy cabinet, a tin Santa by the stove, and simple tree-embroidered cloth napkins.
Oh, and remember that post in the middle of our kitchen? I decided it would be the perfect place to display all our Christmas cards.
We set up our ultra simple Nativity set (made by Dave’s Grandma) on the window sill by our kitchen sink.
I love that I can see it whenever I’m in the kitchen — which is a lot!
Back to the living room…
The shelving unit below our TV has some simple greenery, pinecones, and bells on top; and my FAVORITE “JOY” blocks on the middle shelf.
I put a cute stuffed Santa on the bottom — and yes, Nora loves toting him around the house!
We have a few more jumbo bells on an end table. I’m getting a little sick of Nora shaking them, but she seems to love it, and I love how they look on our end tables.
I also put some greenery and lights above our window.
I have a black metal star with red berries in the hallway…
… and my favorite wooden Christmas tree in the bathroom 🙂
That’s it — nothing too fancy, but it works for us — and so far, Nora hasn’t ruined anything!