2021 Christmas Home Tour

Another holiday season has nearly come and gone. I couldn’t let the season pass completely without sharing our home tour from this year. I changed up our decor quite a lot but I wouldn’t say I simplified anything. Please allow me to share my favorite features with you.

Living room

When you walk in our front door, you’ll see this wreath that I made last year.
Our living room. The plastic on the couch is to discourage cat scratching.
Daisy wouldn’t get out of the picture.
Our fireplace mantle is one of my favorite areas of our house to decorate, especially at Christmas time.
These zinc houses were a Target dollar spot find and I love them!
On our sofa table in the foyer.
My grandfather built this manger for me some time ago.

Our family room

Perhaps my favorite room in the house, for lots of reasons.

Kitchen

My grandmother’s food scale, and my great grandmother’s butter churn are a part of this vignette.
I love snowmen! You’ll see these everywhere.
My grandma made this yo-yo quilt Christmas picture for us.

Dining room

The girls’ trees

Each of our girls have a small white tree with pink and purple ornaments

Our little bedroom tree

Bathrooms: hall

Master bath

Outdoors

Merry Christmas to you all. We hope you enjoyed our home tour.

Christmas Traditions You Can Do With Your Family

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we are excited! We wanted to share some of our favorite traditions with you all, as we prepare for Christmas Day.

1. We read The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve night.

This has been a tradition since the oldest Lumber was a tiny tot. We make it a point to make popcorn or hot chocolate and read this classic story together. If you’d like to own a copy of this beautiful book, you can get one here.

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2. Ride around and look at Christmas decorations and lights

Get some hot chocolate and ride around your town looking at the Christmas decorations. This cute set up was spotted while we were headed to see The Nutcracker.

And you never know, you just might find a cute photo op (if your kids will cooperate, that is).

3. Get your elf on

We have a blast with our elves on the shelf. You could always read the Elf on the Shelf book or watch the movie. If you don’t have them, you can get them here.

4. Turn off all the lights and simply enjoy your Christmas tree

This is one of my favorite things to do, and it doesn’t have to be Christmas Eve. Just enjoy the peace and quiet and bask in the soft glow of the lights. This leads me to my next thing.

5. Read the Christmas story in Luke.

This is my favorite tradition. There is no Christmas without Jesus, and He is definitely the most important part of the Christmas season.

What are some of your family’s traditions?

We will resume regular schedule on December 26. Have a wonderful Christmas Day!

Why I put up six Christmas trees

If you’ve been reading for very long, you know I love Christmas. I might even love Christmas a bit too much- I decorate so much of our home for Christmas, and while my family sometimes tries to talk me out of it, I would never do anything less.

Today I will share our different trees, before I share our full home tour next week.

1. Dining room tree: the music tree

This tree has some ornaments on them that belonged to my mom when I was growing up. The ornaments have sheet music on them. There are also French horns, trumpets and metal bells.

2. Family memory tree

This tiny little six foot tree is filled with mementos from family vacations, special memories such as births and our wedding, and ornaments the kids made. Nothing on it matches but I love it. It’s my favorite tree in the house.

3. The main tree

This tree is in our living room and it is the main tree in the house. I absolutely love it. It’s big and pretty and well lit. I also love the red and gold ornaments.

4. Oldest daughter’s tree

4. Youngest daughter’s tree

Both of our girls have white four foot trees with pink and purple ornaments and beads. I let them decorate their trees themselves.

In our own bedroom, we have a small tabletop tree with red and gold ornaments. And to answer the question…I put them all up because it’s fun and I enjoy it! You should do what you enjoy too!

Have a wonderful week!

Cute Christmas Finds at Dollar General

I love Christmas decor at places like Hobby Lobby, but I don’t always love the price.

Did you know you can find lower priced, but still cute decor at discount stores? Some of my favorites are Dollar General and Aldi (yes, the grocery store). Today, I am sharing some of my favorite recent Dollar General finds.

All of the items I am about to show you are $8 or less.

1. Christmas bucket with “leather” handles

How cute would this be on a porch with a faux tree in it? Or maybe on a fire place hearth with birch logs in it.

2. Red plaid table runner

I love this so much- the colors in it are so festive. I’d love to pair this with some green chargers and some Christmas china.

3. Red plaid “Merry Christmas” pillow

This pillow is so pretty and the price is perfect. I bought one for my mud room entry.

4. Tabletop Nativity

This table top nativity has everything I love- warm wood, metal and Jesus. It’s perfect!

5. Faux book stack

Who doesn’t want this cute little “book stack?” I love everything about it.

I hope you enjoyed these Christmas goodies! You may even want to go visit your local DG and see what goodies you can find.

Five Beautiful Handmade Ornament Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a great handmade ornament. Someday I hope to have an entire tree filled with my children’s handmade creations. These ornaments are simple and cute, and you can definitely make them with your kids.

1. Snowman face ornament

Just take an ordinary Christmas ball and coat it in epsom salt. You may need more than one coat. Then, fashion a “carrot nose” from a pipe cleaner and glue the carrot and two buttons to create the snowman face. Use an infant sock to create the hat.

2. Pine cone ornaments

You can make these ornaments so easily: just get some jute twine, ribbon for bows and some pretty pine cones from your yard. Tie the ribbon into bows and tie the jute twine around the bow knot. Hot glue the bow and hanger to the pine cone. That’s really it!

3. Snow globe ornament

We made these ornaments by gluing a tiny Christmas tree inside an empty clear ball. Then, we added some epsom salt “snow.”

4. Pipe cleaner candy cane

This is by far the easiest ornament on this list, and you can make it with small kids. All you need are red pipe cleaners and white- no glue and no cutting! Simply twist them together and curve them into a candy cane shape.

5. Picture frame initial ornament

Want a super cute gift for a friend or teacher? Go grab some inexpensive small picture frames and stick on letters (or cut them out with a Cricut or Silhouette). Attach a cute piece of ribbon and you are set!

Have fun creating!! What are some of your favorite handmade ornaments?