From Christmas to Winter: transitional decor that works!

Have you ever undecorated after Christmas and immediately felt that your house looked naked or empty? I have.

Did you know you can leave some of your Christmas decor out to serve as winter decor? You definitely can- don’t pack away all of your Christmas pretties. Today I’d like to share how some of your Christmas decor can transition to winter decor.

1. Candles

Do you love the look of soft Christmas lights and candles? There is no reason you can’t use white Christmas lights and candles for a soft, cozy winter look.

2. Do you want to display a snowman?

You know you just sang that like Anna from Frozen. Snowmen are perfect for winter or Christmas and you can leave them out from November to March if you want.

3. Pine branches and pine cones

You know what I love? Decorating with natural elements. Pine cones can be used to decorate for fall, winter or spring, and they can be used as vase fillers too. Plus, they’re pretty easy to find.

4. Red berries

Red berries are great for fall, Christmas and winter. I love how these things look mixed with the soft glow of candles or white lights. Pair them with some fake snow and they’ll look amazing.

5. Bottle brush trees

I love bottle brush trees but I especially love how versatile they are. They work well for Christmas or winter and they look great with almost anything.

I hope this gives you some great ideas for filling in those after Christmas bare spots.

Winter home tour coming soon!

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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!

What’s happening with Lumber in My Minivan

The Christmas season is upon us, and we are doing well. We have made some wonderful memories and have spent lots of time together as a family.

Our Christmas pictures were beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with them!

Photos by Hildaberry Creatives

My oldest lumber child and I went with some friends to see The Nutcracker. It was a blast and we loved it! We also got to take pictures with the stars of the show.

We also took random pictures at our town Christmas tree. These could have been good pictures, but the littlest lumber wasn’t having it.

This one is kind of funny though.

Our Christmas season has had some rough moments. Our sweet yellow lab mix passed away last week. We had him for 13 years and all four of us miss him terribly. Despite how much we miss him, we are in no way ready for a new pupper. Please keep my family in your prayers as losing fur babies is tough.

The kitties have been getting some extra love, as they miss him too.

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Our next few days will be busy, as we are celebrating Christmas with both sides of my family and both sides of Mr. Lumber’s family.

Someone didn’t want us to leave.

We will be posting one final Christmas post on Monday and will then resume regular schedule on December 26. Have a wonderful and safe week!

Easy Christmas Crafts: sweater trees

Sometimes you just need to make a cutesy, fun and girly craft. These little sweater trees definitely fit that description.

Awhile back, I got into making scarves. I’m not very good at crochet and I didn’t have the time to get really good at it. I made a few of them and then I got stuck with all this yarn I’d bought .

I was able to find another use for almost all of my yarn, but what on earth was I going to do with this pink?

I may have mentioned my girls each have a pink and white themed Christmas tree.

What if I make something Christmas themed and pink with this yarn? I went to my local big box store and perused the craft section. I came up with this.

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I used a hot glue gun to attach my yarn to the cones and then I had this:

These adorable little yarn trees look so cute in my girls’ rooms. I may just have to make some more!!

What yarn crafts have you created recently?

2019 Christmas Home Tour

2019 Christmas Home Tour

It’s that time again…Thanksgiving came late this year and Christmas is coming early…or so it seems. I feel like I have scrambled to get our home decorated for Christmas this year, and as a result, there are some things I did rather quickly and not as well as I’d like.

This is our home from the outside- we typically do candles in the windows and wreaths on the outside of the windows. We did that again this year. I’ll show you our Christmas porches later this week.

This lovely vignette is on our entry table, right inside the front door.

The faux fireplace is new to our home this year, as my husband and I built it last fall. I was so excited to be able to decorate it for Christmas. I absolutely love how the decor turned out. We’ve got a lantern, tiny zinc houses with LED lights in them, red berry stems and bottle brush trees.

I’m in love with this mantle. I just stare at it sometimes. Those needlepoint stockings are from LL Bean and we’ve had them for years. See those poinsettia pillows in the chairs? I made them from placemats.

Our main tree, which is decked out in red and gold, also lives in the living room.

We also have these super cute Christmas pillows.

On our sewing table, there are more red berry stems, more bottle brush trees, and the yo-yo Christmas tree picture my grandmother made for me.

In our dining room, we have the music tree. This tree features music themed ornaments, and some of them were used by my parents on our childhood Christmas tree. It has sentimental value and I love it.

Our table features a simple red plaid table cloth and a long wood box with candles and Christmas balls. The serving window features a candelabra with Christmas tapers. See if you can spot Santa in the middle.

A matching candelabra can be found on our side hutch. A Christmas tree tea light holder, a Christmas sleigh photo and a bowl of ornaments are also present.

The family room was an office up until a few weeks ago. We never used it, so we decided to make it a space we can all enjoy. Our family Christmas tree is in here- it has personal ornaments and souvenir ornaments from our family vacations on it.

Also, on our piano, you will find the manger my grandfather built for me and the nativity set my grandmother gave me. We also display an LED house and a Lenox serving plate here as well.

We decorated the tv stand with more candles and these empty chair ornaments. I ordered the empty chairs in honor of my dad and grandpa from a good friend of mine.

Our pipe shelves in our hall bath got a little holiday treatment as well.

As did the pipe shelves in our master bath.

And you can’t forget the snowmen in our kitchen.

While I was in the kitchen, I spotted our daughters’ elves on the shelf having a coffee date. Those silly elves!

We have this cute little tabletop tree in our master bedroom.

Our youngest daughter has her own little pink and white themed tree.

My oldest daughter has her own tree as well.

Aaaaaand that’s a wrap! Until next year, here’s my beautiful mantle signing off.

I kid, I kid. But, in all seriousness. I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas home tour. Tune in later this week for a Christmas craft and a look at our Christmas table scape. Have a wonderful week.