This post was written in collaboration with Kirkland’s.
This past week I started my Christmas decorating.
I couldn’t wait another minute. I’ve been dreaming about decorating this house for Christmas since I put the mirror back in place.
And I started with this step.
This is the step I waited for Santa Claus on.
Each Christmas morning my brothers and sisters and I would tumble out of bed and run downstairs and hang over the banister and make general melee and wait for our parents to open the door to the living room. Eventually my father would poke his head out from behind the door and announce with glee that in the middle of the night Santa had come.
All the anticipation.
All the joy of the morning.
All of those Christmases started with this step.
I’m getting it ready for the next generation of Christmas morning melee makers.
Here’s my Christmas beginning.
Here’s my start.
I am so happy.
Here’s my Christmas banister.
I started with a basic Christmas garland.
Look for the most inexpensive garland you can find.
You are totally going to go all Cinderella on it and get it ready for the ball.
I started at the bottom of the stair case next to the newel post and used basic florist wire to attach the garland to the banister. I looped the garland through the posts at every third post—attaching the garland every foot with florist wire.
It took three strands of garland to loop the entire staircase from top to bottom.
Then I went back and fluffed.
Next, you want to add in different Christmas picks.
Different types of greenery are the key.
Look for cedar and pine and fir picks. Then using florist wire, attach the picks to the original garland. I added a pick every six inches on the garland.
Next, I layered in fresh cut magnolia leaves.
I used real magnolia leaves on this display and wired them into the garland with florist wire.
They were placed every 12 to 18″.
Lastly, I layered in ornaments.
I simply threaded them through branches on the garland.
I added polka dot ornaments and red and white ornaments and snowflake ornaments and merry ornaments and….
….and these tiny trucks (that are on sale right now).
I have worked with Kirkland’s for four Christmases in a row and this is the CUTEST YEAR I HAVE EVER SEEN.
Maybe it was shopping for the new house.
Maybe it was the smell of pine in the air.
Maybe it was the stair step.
But just between us—I literally almost had a come apart in the middle of the store.
Here’s what came home with me (and what I’m going back for).
Can we start with these stockings?
They are super affordable and look so high end.
There are actually four different patterns. There’s a snowman pattern that’s not pictured here. I bought two of each of these patterns for our family. Here’s the link to the snowflake and the reindeer and the Christmas tree.
Just when you thought they couldn’t get any cuter—look at this reindeer stocking bar holder I found online.
I’m going back for this.
(total aside: I didn’t even know stocking bars were a thing)
There were tons of cute pillows.
I brought this one home with me.
The embroidery on the “Believe” looks super high end and the stuffing is extra fluffy.
I loved this sign.
And this fur pom pom throw.
And this little bit of merry by the front door.
I’ll be back after Thanksgiving with more Christmas decorating.
This was just a little peek because I was so excited.
Until then, if you need me I’ll be on the bottom step….
….waiting for Santa. 🙂
PS If you checked your mailbox this week, you might this face smiling back at you in the Kirkland’s flyer.
Doesn’t she look like she’s ready for Christmas. 🙂
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disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Kirkland’s.
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