Christmas Decor at Our House

This year, our holiday decor is taking place rather s-l-o-w-l-y.  I pulled out all of our Christmas bins, but so far, less than half have been unpacked.  The bits that did get unpacked or a few purchased new this year are making our home feel special for the holidays.  
My son is obsessed with the countdown to Christmas this year, so he loves our homemade Advent calendar and things like this nutcracker that lets him actively count down the days until Christmas.  He pulls the nutcracker down everyday as soon as he gets home from school and changes the wooden blocks to reflect how many more days.  

Our coffee station in the kitchen is what greets me each morning, so this festive little set up with the red berry wreath, red lacquer try and coffee mugs is a happy spot.  
Every year, we display a nativity scene and the one we’ve used in years past is awesome, but it’s really large and takes up a lot of space. For a change, I like the small, simple wooden nativity scene with just a star, baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary.  I’ve got it nestled in a wooden tray with faux snow.  
Our ‘drop zone’ table got festive with a mini tree, sparkly nutcracker, fresh red roses and two garlands adorning the table.  

The red wooden star garland I picked up at World Market and they have another one that is red wooden hearts.  Super cute and different!  I just weaved this one into the faux greenery.  

In the kitchen (and the entryway), I put some faux branches and berries into my World Market vases, they are perfect because they have a small neck, so you only need a couple of branches to create a full look.  I sprayed the neck of this one gold awhile ago for bling.    

The “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sign I picked up early this year and couldn’t wait to display it!  

We’re hosting Christmas dinner for 12 adults and 5 kids this year so our dining room will be put to good use! So often we don’t use it, but it’s right off of our entryway, so we see it all the time and I like to keep it looking pretty.  Right now, we’ve got a gold glittery snowflake thing happening and it’s my favorite part of the house.  I’m always asked where our console table is from and it’s this one but I added drawer pulls. 
Although I haven’t totally planned the table yet, we’ll go with a traditional theme and use this red plaid reindeer table runner.  Our table currently has the leaf in it, so if you have a shorter table, the cute burlap reindeer head would hang off the side (it’s 16 x 90 inches). 

I was thinking of using a wreath and candle as the centerpiece of the table, but may change my mind before the time comes.  I loved this branch and feather wreath because I figured I could use it into the new year.  

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Whenever I can, I like to incorporate candles into my decor because they give off such a nice ambiance in the evening.  And it’s perfectly fine to mix metals!  We’ve got silver candleholders with gold candles and it looks lovely.  p.s. These 3×6 candles are on sale now 50% off (2 for $4.99).  

My Grandma sent our son a gift with instructions not to open until Christmas, so I wrapped it up and put it under our tree.  He’s dying to open it now, but I told him he could open it on Christmas Eve;)  I remember always getting to unwrap one present on Christmas eve, so we’ll continue that tradition here. 
Here’s the other World Market vase I mentioned.  I use these throughout the year with faux branches.  I love the height they provide- this one is 18 inches tall and is sitting on our entryway table.  It looks doubley nice reflected in the mirror. 

Even though our decor is evolving slowly this year (still working on upstairs!), we are having a fun holiday season.  The kids’ Christmas concert was the cutest thing ever!   Our son gets out of school next Friday for two weeks and my in-laws arrive too, so it will be fun to have a full house for a change. 

See how we created our Christmas tree “oh what fun” here
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  1. December 15, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    seriously, your house is always so darn cute. Can you come help me? 😉

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:34 am

      Yes! I'd love to Meredith! 🙂

  2. December 15, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    Oh, Megan, I love all the pops of red! And that simple nativity is just lovely. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:35 am

      I've seen so many good nativities, but this is the simplest one and I really liked that about it.

  3. December 15, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Love it all! Classy and love all of the red. Well done!

    xo Melissa

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:41 am

      Thanks Melissa! Hope you're having a great holiday season!

  4. December 15, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    So beautiful, M. I just love your tree! Can't wait to hear more about your trip. What a fun holiday with the age of James. So much goodness.

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:36 am

      So true about this age! 4 has been my favorite age yet! But he'll be 5 soon! 🙂

  5. December 15, 2014 / 5:11 pm

    So pretty! I love the mix of traditional and simple holiday decorations. Where did you find the black and gold chevron plates?

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:36 am

      Hi Anne! Those are from Mikasa- I've had them for several years now.

  6. December 15, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Hello! What wonderful Christmas decorations and beautiful home you have. Do you mind sharing where you purchased the foliage/greenery in the tall World Market vase?

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:37 am

      Oh sure, it's from Hobby Lobby! Make sure you get it when it goes on sale half off. 😉

  7. December 15, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Your decor looks fab as always and I adore your festive little coffee station. Did you do anything in the butlers pantry this year?? I'm working on trying to style our bar for the holidays which is so fun but hard to get perfect 🙂

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:37 am

      No, not yet! I should! I've seen some cute printables that say, "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry" which would be cute in the butler's pantry.

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:38 am

      Thanks Robin!

  8. Julia | Pawleys Island Posh
    December 15, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    love your tree!!!!

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:34 am

      Thanks Julia!

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:39 am

      Australia! My heart is breaking for y'all right now. So much sadness and tragedy around the world lately. I'm so sorry for the pain that everyone is experiencing. Thanks for your sweet comment.

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:39 am

      Thanks Jordyn! Hope y'all have a wonderful Christmas together!

  9. Andrea Worley
    December 15, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Beautiful home Megan! It's so cozy and I love the traditional colors of reds and golds!

  10. December 16, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    i want to know about your black /gold dishes??!! What are they??

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:40 am

      Hi Melissa! Thanks so much, those are from Mikasa. They also had them in aqua a few years back.

  11. December 16, 2014 / 4:29 pm

    Everything looks gorgeous!! Have a Merry Christmas!!

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:41 am

      Thanks Tisha! Merry Christmas to you!

  12. December 19, 2014 / 3:13 am

    Where did you purchase the marble top console table? Thanks!

  13. December 19, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    I love it. I can't wait to have a place of my own so I can decorate a tree again. So pretty. = D

  14. February 21, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    I like that you have 3 mirrors. I think it's so pretty. Mirror isn't just useful but also acts as decoration ^^ very pretty

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