This post is sponsored by Balsam Hill (who also sponsored the Hallmark movie I watched last night).
Go Balsam Hill.
I really wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas this year.
It’s just all been so overwhelming.
The move. The remodel. The painting. The drywall dust. The refrigerator holding court in the dining room.
I was going to push some boxes aside, brush off the dust and put up a small tree in a corner with a few ornaments and some gingerbread men.
Living room I’m looking at you.
In the marathon of Christmas—I hadn’t even left the starting gate.
Calmly, I announced my decision to my family.
They stared back at me in horror.
“Not decorate for Christmas?”
“Mooooooommmmmmm. You have to. You live for Christmas. Are you kidding? Is this a joke?”
They exchanged glances and side-eyes and eye rolls and then burst out in choruses of:
“We got this, Mom.”
The living room became a beehive of activity.
Unpacking boxes and moving picture frames and unrolling the rug and putting the furniture in place and sweeping up the dust (again and again and again).
Together we put up the Christmas tree.
The living room looks like this.
Can you even?
Can you press pause and imagine this room FILLED TO THE TOP with moving boxes and assorted stuff and those beautiful wood floors COVERED WITH DUST.
I should have taken a before.
It would make you appreciate the entire scene even more.
And the best part?
I’m just getting started.
I’m painting the curtain rods white and adding more things to the bookshelves and figuring out what to put on top of them and reworking the seating a bit and adding a bench under the window and maybe adding a softer rug.
But for today?
There’s this wonderful, glorious, amazing, incredible little bit of Christmas wonder.
It sparkles and shines and glows.
Here are just a few of the ornaments that we added to the tree.
When I unpacked the boxes from Balsam Hill, the twins and I gave each one a standing ovation.
It’s like a convention of pretty ornaments got together and showed up at my house.
We hung gold sparkly ribbons from the tree and white and gold polka dot ribbons and tucked them all in the branches.
The Christmas music filled the room as we added the ornaments to the tree.
It was dark when we were finished.
The room was clean and the floors were swept and the pillows were fluffed.
Everything was ready for Christmas.
And in the still of the night, we turned out the lights and saw this.
Isn’t it beautiful?
I’m thankful for every sparkling light.
I’m thankful for clean floors and chairs to sit in and a mantel that’s ready for stockings.
I’m thankful for the glow that dances across the room
But most of all, I’m so thankful for a family….
….who wouldn’t let Christmas be tucked away in a corner. 🙂
A giant shout out to my friends at Balsam Hill who believe in Christmas as much as I do.
Here’s the shopping list for the Christmas in the room:
(These are so glittery and beautiful and look like works of art and they come in different shades of silver and gold and platinum)
And for Cyber Monday they are having a GIANT SALE with items up to 50% off.
You can see all the deals here.
My tree is happy to be hanging out with some of its favorite tree friends today.
Stop by and say hello.
disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Balsam Hill.
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