I love the Christmas season. I love decorating, shopping and celebrating Christmas every year.
Today, I want to give you a tour of our home and how we decorate for Christmas.
Now, before the pictures start flowing, I want to warn you that this is not a Hallmark Christmas.
You know what I’m talking about- those movies where Christmas is done to the fullest in every part of every house in town. Where the streets are covered with lights and no one is left out.
Our Christmas is pretty low key here. I decorate the main living areas, but the rest of the house is fairly left out.
But I want to show you our Christmas tree and some of the treasures I love to put out each year.
Our goal when decorating for Christmas is to remember Christ- the reason for Christmas.
Since we lost everything in our house fire three years ago, we have had to remake our Christmas traditions alittle.
We lost Christmas items that cannot be replaced (like homemade stockings and ornaments) and some that we just don’t want to replace (like a large Christmas village).
We had a tradition of buying an ornament for every vacation we went on, starting with our honeymoon. That was 15 years of vacation ornaments that can not be replaced from the fire. That first year after the fire, I would get so sad looking at the tree and not seeing them hanging there. Not to mention all of the kids homemade ornaments from school and church activities.
But as they say, “It is what it is.” We can’t go back and change the past, so we move forward.
But one of the good things about losing everything is that you get to choose what you replace. You get to choose how to decorate for Christmas because you get to start over.
When we started over, we decided to make Christ and the nativity the center of our Christmas. Our kids were almost teenagers then, and we just really didn’t need all of the Santa stuff anymore. So when I shopped for new decorations, I chose to buy more nativities and less Santa decor. I decided to start collecting nativity scenes instead of village houses.
So without further ado, our Christmas homestead. . .
Our Front Porch:
We haven’t put up the lights on the outside of the house, so these trees aren’t lit yet. Hopefully we will do that this weekend.
I love having a little display for each holiday on this bench by the front door. There are lights inside the jars that will come on at night.
Our Christmas Tree:
We just received this piano from my mother. It is sentimental to me because she used to play it and teach me piano lessons on it as a child.
I love this tree. It has lights that are already on it, so you don’t have to add the lights each year. I put the burlap on it because the first year after the fire, we didn’t have many ornaments. Now I just like the burlap, so I have kept it.
My Favorite Picture for the Wall:
I just love this picture that we put up in our entry way for the holidays. It goes with our nativity theme and it is just a sweet idea.
I was given this nativity as a housewarming gift after the fire and I just love it. So cool!
This is a simple nativity the shows the basics of the nativity story.
I like this nativity because of it’s cool shapes. When you put it away, the figurines fit into the castle walls.
We have other nativities around the house, but these are my favorite.
Our Christmas card hanger:
It is empty now, but this Christmas card holder (really it’s just a chicken wire lid I use with the baby chicks and some clothespins) was an idea I got from this blog post —> DIY Holiday Card Display @ Lolly Jane. I originally had a wreath attached to it, but I didn’t have enough room for all of my cards by the end of December, so I took it off.
I tried to add crafty, rustic ornaments to my new tree. I love this cute santa.
Another simple, clean ornament for the tree.
I had cross-stitched stockings for the whole family before the fire. It was a sad thing to lose. I just didn’t have the patience to remake them, so I bought these stockings and had a local person add the names. I think they turned out great and simple.
That is the main part of decorating for Christmas on the homestead this year.
We will also be doing some homemade decorations and baking for Christmas this year. If you like to see what is going on at the homestead for Christmas all month long, you can follow us on Instagram where I will be sharing pictures and stories of our Christmas 2019.
I hope you have fun decorating and spending time with your family this season. If you would like, we have a Country Christmas Bucket List PDF to give you some ideas of what you can do with your family for the holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Do you have a favorite decoration you love to put up each year? Tell us about it in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!