I’m so happy you are here.
More happy than the time I found an entire congregation of tiny paper birds with glitter wings on sale after Christmas for .19 each.
And that’s happy with sprinkles on top.
If this is your first time stopping by—it is super nice to meet you.
I’m KariAnne and I live in the house I grew up in and yard sale finds are my best friends and….
…. I’d like to introduce you to my favorite yard sale find all decorated for Christmas
It got its Christmas trees all ready for you.
I’m not sure what it is about this Christmas, but I think it’s my favorite so far.
Maybe it’s because it hasn’t taken itself too seriously, yet.
I know this might seem almost unbelievable to you…
…but I can go a bit overboard at times.
(I see you laughing over there behind the rim of your coffee cup)
There was the year of the 28 Christmas trees.
And the year I color coordinated every room with matching window decorations.
The year the outdoor reindeer wore ugly Christmas sweaters and coordinating red noses.
And let’s not forget the year I made my own monogrammed paper and wrapped the presents with burlap ribbon I wrote carols on.
Or the year I decided we needed a wreath on every single window on every single story of our house.
Or the year I invited the entire church over to our house that evening from the choir loft.
They were all great years.
Each and every one.
But this year stands apart.
This is the year I’m so much more relaxed.
I know that might seem like an oxymoron to introduce relaxation in the middle of a post about decorating, but it’s true.
I’m taking each day as it comes along.
I just heard the most amazing quote from James Clear that said something like this. “Power is the ability to control external emotions. Peace is the ability to control inner emotions.”
That’s what keeps running through my head.
I’m here for it.
I’ve sat with Christmas music playing and watching this village twinkle.
I’ve danced on the Christmas front porch for the twins.
I’ve shopped on the dollar aisle.
I’ve made handmade ornaments for my tree.
I’ve walked the dogs and sung Christmas carols at the top of my lungs and danced in the middle of the aisles at Hobby Lobby and sat in the quiet with coffee and twinkling lights.
And in the middle of all that simplicity and handmade and coffee and pausing, something amazing happened.
Fun showed up instead of stress.
I know, right?
Can you even believe it?
All this slowing down helped me remember what is truly important.
What I adore.
What will be there after the tinsel and ornaments and trees and stockings and reindeer with Christmas sweaters are gone.
This Christmas season I’m thankful for:
Eleven Christmas songs on my playlist
Ten twinkly stars
Nine Christmas movies on my list
Eight fluffy garlands
Seven Christmas bows
Six decorated Christmas trees
Five twinkly mornings
Four laughing children
Three mistletoe kisses
Two sets of furry paws
And one pair of twinkling eyes hanging lights on the Christmas tree.
PS If you want to recreate the look—I’ve put together similar items below.
Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂
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- wooden trees
- lighted village
- cream bottle brush trees
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