Decorating For SC

Favorite Christmas

Normally, I enforce the ‘one holiday at a time’ rule in our house. No decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Some of you may say bah humbug to that but I’m really not scroogy. It’s just that I love Thanksgiving (or not so much the actual day, more like I love the food) and I don’t want to breeze over it. I respect the person who tackles that Thanksgiving meal more then they’ll ever know and plan to NEVER let that duty fall in my lap (unless for some reason everyone would like cold, mistimed food and possible food poisoning…then OK) so lets raise our glasses to them and let Thanksgiving have it’s moment.

This year is different though. The season is shorter and we are heading out of town for a while to celebrate with family. So, this Sunday, it’s decorating day in my house. The lights are going up outside soon and we’ll be all ready to swing into full Christmas mode when we arrive home from our vaca. I thought I would share with you the things I’m most excited to be spending time with for the next month.

1. I bought this awesome print from Hen & Co this year and I am so excited to add it to my wall for the season. I’m finding that being able to change out prints seasonally is my favorite part of having gone through the pain of hanging a collage wall in my family room.  This little deer may sneak up a few days early as I’m being really impatient about getting to hang with him.

2. I’m a little (or a lot) crazy and insist that my Christmas tree only have matching ornaments. No mismatched pickles with sunglasses or dancing elephants on our tree. So, to allow for the fun ornaments, we have a small table top tree in our kitchen that gets all the mis-matchers. (I’m feeling like it sounds like the land of misfit toys, but I swear it’s not.) This year, we are adding our initials to the tree for a little sparkle.

3. In keeping with my crazy, I make a quick trip to Crate and Barrel every holiday season and pick up one or two new silver or gold ornaments for our big tree. These year, I’m into these! Clearly I’m into the silver and gold holiday theme but I think I would like to mix it up next year. What colors do you decorate with? Let me know if you have any recommendations!

4. Costco for the win on this one. I go every year and pick up a fresh garland for our mantel. Something about the fire underneath (burning with care obviously) and the stockings hanging just so make my house feel so cozy during the holidays. This year, I’ll also be stringing a paper garland from our pop-up-shop around the fresh garland for a pop of color.  (Reminder: Only 3 days left before the shop closes!!)

5. Most of the year I’m not a huge fan of personalized items. I just really don’t need to see my name everywhere but these stockings are so traditional that I have to do it. We each have one and Santa fills them along with a pair of pajamas on the side every Christmas Eve. (Thanks SC!)

6. I LOVE TO WRAP PRESENTS! I think it goes with my love for paper products but something about a well wrapped gift makes it that much better. Last year, I made salt dough gift tags  that could be used for ornaments (clearly not on your big tree, only on your misfits tree) as well. If you are looking for a fun punch on your gifts this year, I really recommend these.





Up Go the Lights









Little M was so impressed with her daddy’s Christmas light hanging skills last night. Mr. K was up on the roof with all sorts of ropes and pulleys for safety. Poor Little M could not figure out how he got up on that roof or why she could hear him talking from way up there. Total confusion! And get used to the drool, she’s 6 months old and it’s never {never ever ever} ending. Just keeps coming like a flood. But it’s pretty cute in pictures!

Just Saying: Minted

I ordered our Christmas cards today! has an awesome new comparison tool feature. You can load your photo in and it will appear on all the cards as you are shopping. So so helpful! This year I went with a postcard. Is that tacky? I thought it was different and would be easy for me to actually get in the mail in a timely fashion. Cant wait for them to get here!

Ornament Update

Ornament Update

I have collected our Christmas tree ornaments over the years but have worked hard to make sure they all ‘fit’ together. To make them appear as a complete set instead of the hodge-podge set that they are I updated the hangers on all of my ornaments. In place of the standard boring hooks, I went with some fun Jute Twine  I had sitting around my house. Clip the old hanger off, tie twine in a knot…….What a difference this little update made!


Enjoy! Melissa

Forget The Tree……Oh Garland

Garland 2

Garland 1

Garland Helper

I’m not sure if I’m the only one but I feel like I’m stuck in a holiday decorating rut. Year after year, I pull out the same Tupperware and put up the same decorations. Typically, I hang some standard fake garland on the mantle for the holiday season. This year, I spiced it up and went with real, true-blue garland. I added some white lights, sparkle birds and birch candles. AMAZING! The garland was fairly inexpensive at, of all places, Costco and made a huge difference in the Christmas flare.

Oh and don’t forget that this was the first year I had a little elf to ‘help’ me when I was decorating. I think she successfully taste tested and supervised most of the Christmas flair. But really, having her around really brings back the Christmas spirit. Makes me giddy to think about her opening presents and dreaming of Santa. Our favorite thing to say to her right now, “What does Santa Say?” and give a little tickle as we say, “Ho Ho Ho”! Oh the Christmas Spirit!

Enjoy! Melissa