I’m just going to keep it holiday-real here.
I do not have it together this Christmas.
Not even close.
Not even for one minute.
Not for one single second.
I’m trying so hard. Really. Truly. I’m playing Christmas music and planning Christmas parties and trying to find the ugliest Christmas sweater on this planet. I have Christmas boxes waiting to be opened and stockings waiting to be hung and strings of twinkly lights in search of a tree and a staircase that’s covered in magnolia leaves.
But that’s as far as I’ve gotten. The rest of the house is either full of moving boxes and furniture packed to the ceiling or full of almost-completed renovations.
I’m dusting instead of Christmas decorating.
So today to celebrate all the decorating that is to come, I’m sharing my very favorite tree. It was in my family room last year—the last Christmas we celebrated at the farmhouse. It’s simple and uncomplicated and handmade.
Just a few of my favorite Christmas things. 🙂
Here is the tree in all its farmhouse glory.
It sits on the side of the family room with the chalkboard I found by the side of the road and the star of Chapter 7 in So Close to Amazing. There are wood snowflakes tucked into the days of the week and the occasional chalk snowflake drawn by an elf.
Most of the ornaments on the tree are handmade.
This is a close up of some of the ornaments on the tree.
My sister made the wood block photo ornament for me years ago when the twins were little. I clipped vintage bingo cards to the tree along with vintage numbers and letters from long ago Christmas projects.
I bought the chalkboard ornaments and scrapbook paper ornaments a while ago, but they are easy to make yourself.
Here’s the DIY for the spring snowflake and my sister just made the yarn and snowflake garland this year.
This book paper garland is so easy to make.
You can find the DIY tutorial here.
The vintage Noel garland was purchased years ago and the DIY for the joyful birds that clip on the branches can be found here.
The star at the top of the tree?
It’s made from my father’s old maps and was a gift from my sister for Christmas last year.
You can read the story here.
The tree has a tree skirt, but I also added a vintage toolbox in front of it for a little more texture.
It’s the perfect place to stack packages.
And handmade ornaments like this one that my other sister made this Christmas.
My cup is overflowing and I’m so grateful for so many things.
I’m grateful for all of you for reading and inspiring and creating and believing and making this world a better place.
But most of all?
I’m grateful for healthy elves and hand-drawn snowflakes and handmade ornaments and sweet smiles and hot chocolate mustaches.
And new houses and new beginnings and all the Christmases yet to come. 🙂
PS And now—I’m so honored and full of joy to be guest posting this week with an amazing group of bloggers sharing their family rooms all decked out for the holidays.
If you are looking for decorating ideas—they have extra.
Be sure and stop by the links below for even more Christmas inspiration.