Now, since I still don't have a place of my own, I can't do much in the way of decorating but I've never been one to go all out anyways. I really don't see the point in completely turning your home upside down for a month only to have to go back and rearrange everything all over again. I just stick to one little section of my living room, I call it my Christmas Nook:
It's not much, but it's mine and it makes me smile. Cash seems to like it too, she was just waiting for the moment I removed all of the Christmas gifts from that bottom shelf, she does so look forward to sitting on new surfaces.
I don't go out of the way with ornaments, I prefer hanging trinkets that mean something, remind me of trips or certain events, rather then just covering the tree in solid colored balls. This year I added the "Whale Tale" I got on our Carnival cruise and Cash's ornament. We got one for Norman last year and it was only fitting we had one for our other baby.
Please note the R2-D2 lego ornament, I also have a Millennium Falcon I'm quite fond of.
This year I nabbed a sweet mini tree skirt too. I've had this mini tree for about four years and never knew they made tree skirts for small trees. Add some festive holiday garland and voila!
That's pretty much it for my holiday decorating save for the front door. I've developed an obsession with small holiday flags and now wish to own a different one for each month. I used to roll my eyes at little old ladies who would pick these up at Christmas Tree Shops when I worked there and now I understand. I find myself scouring the flag bins looking for just the right one. So far I only have one for Halloween and this new one for Christmas. But mark my words, I'll have one for every month eventually, I'm determined.
I was actually looking for something a little less "Christmasy" and a little more "Wintery" but I love the little penguin hitching a ride in this one so I got it. It's all rather silly really since I have an entrance off to the side of the house and only Joe and I see the flag, but still, I like them.
I don't know about the traditions in your home but I leave everything up including the tree until New Year's. January 1st or 2nd, it all comes down and the magic gets put away until next Christmas. And between you and me, I hope the year goes by soon, I really do love my holiday flag ;)
If I don't blog until then, have a Happy New Year everyone!