I’m so excited to decorate our first home for Christmas together with Dillon next year. I already have some ideas tucked away and a Pinterest board to store festive inspiration throughout the year. In lieu of sharing a home tour today, I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas decorative pieces found along my virtual travels.
vined monogram ornament via Anthropologie
Oh Holy Night canvas via Lindsay Letters
red berry eucalyptus wreath via Magnolia Market
oven mit via Threshold
live mistletoe via Pottery Barn
apron via Threshold
buffalo check napkins via Williams-Sonoma
It’s become a sweet, sentimental time to realize this is the last holiday season I will spend in my childhood home. I am so very excited to establish new traditions with Dillon next Christmas and am gathering inspiration from my family this year. We moved into our current home right before Christmas when I was eight and there has always been something very special about this time. After sharing some of our Thanksgiving traditions two weeks ago, I’m sharing some of our long-standing Christmas traditions with y’all today!
To this day, every year:
– we pick an evening to decorate the tree as a family while sipping eggnog and listening to carols
– we watch Christmas movies + specials as they air on TV, with our favorites including Elf, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Charlie Brown, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph
– my mom buys us a themed ornament to coincide with our life events from that year. Some of my favorites commemorate getting my license, graduating from high school, and getting engaged.
– we attend service together on Christmas Eve and then go out for dinner afterward (except this year – our church is having service on the 23rd and 25th instead).
– after dinner we on Christmas Eve we drive around the neighborhood on to look at the light displays.
– my mom and I watch Christmas specials on Food Network and behind-the-scenes of decorating Disney World
When I was younger, we had a few extra traditions too:
– my brother and I took turns moving the coordinating piece of our fabric advent calendar each day.
– my mom would buy chocolate advent calendars for us each year to enjoy each day leading up to Christmas.
– we would leave milk, cookies, and a note for Santa (and carrots and water for the reindeer of course!)
What have been some Christmas traditions you’ve enjoyed in your childhood home?
In case y’all missed it, I shared my 2016 Christmas gift guide last Tuesday, which can be viewed here. Today I am excited to link up with Victoria and Sarah for the first day of their Christmas link-up with my wishlist for this year. It’s quite short and simple, with little treasures and luxuries that I know would be well-used in the year ahead.
leather tote I’ve had my eye on this Cuyana bag for years. It would be a great upgrade from my current tote!
devotional | I’ve heard great things about New Morning Mercies and would like to acquire a copy of my own.
water bottle | ‘Swell water bottles are so fun and this pattern is consistent with my preference of white and blue.
DSLR camera and lens | The timing of getting a DSLR camera would be perfect as Dillon and I enter our marriage.
riding boots | I tried these boots on in Target last week and they were even cuter in person.
social stationery | I really enjoy sending happy mail and this set would be darling (with my monogram, of course!)
I also would really like anything from my 2016 Christmas gift guide! What’s on your wishlist this year?