I think I’ve discovered a secret to make Christmas decorating easier.

I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

Shhhh…..it’s just between us…..we don’t want it getting out and then everyone’s decorating starts getting easier and easier and then we all slow down and take a moment to breathe and enjoy the holidays.

Because that would be crazy.


Here’s what I did.

At the farmhouse…..I decorated for winter.

When I say I decorated for winter….I mean….I decorated with snowflakes and trees and pine cones and snow and reindeer and antlers and pallet wood wreaths….

….and then I added a few Christmas trees and a nativity.

That’s it.

At the end of the season….I’m just going to take down the Christmas and leave the winter to keep me company until spring gets here.

I know….brilliant….right. 🙂


You’re welcome. 🙂

PS  If you want a little more winter decorating inspiration….including the coolest idea ever for snowflakes….check out my post today over at Lamps Plus!

PPS  Have you hear the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform Carol of the Bells….AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Image for DebZorn DebZorn

    I've been "winter" decorating for several years. It just makes things so much easier. I live in the midwest, so we have winter for loooong time. Winter decorating is jazzed up with heart stuff for Valentines Day. After Valentines Day, I'm sick of winter and start bringing out the spring stuff. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  2. Image for gina gina

    Kari, I thought I would get my family in the spirit earlier this month and take them to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert this year. My husband wasn't into it!!!! Can you believe??!!!! Glad you feel the same way I do about the Carol of the Bells!!! Love the snowflake!

  3. Image for Ann Ann

    I do this all the time. I like Pine Cones, so many things you can do with them. As always, your ideas are beautiful. You are a great inspiration to us all.

  4. Image for Suzi Suzi

    Welcome to the party. Shhhh....by invitation only ;-). I started doing seasons as opposed to holidays in my long-ago homeschooling days and it just made sense.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    I do that with autumn decorating--everyone around me decorates for Halloween, but the autumn look carries me from mid-September to Thanksgiving. Actually, my front porch is more "winter" decorated than "Christmas"--an old-fashioned sled with ice skates, a winter-berry wreath, etc. Maybe I'm a genius and I don't know it. ;)

  6. Image for Regina Regina

    I've been known to leave my snowman collection and village pieces out long after the tree and Santas are put away! Love the winter decorating, and I flipped over to the Lamps Plus blog - those felt trees? Oooooooo . . . . . :)

  7. Image for Janita Janita

    One of my "Christmas " trees is totally snow themed. We refer to it as our "Winter " tree when people wonder why our tree is still up in February! Makes me smile every time I walk in the room. And I love lights to boost my spirits on the long cold January days. Here here to season decorating . It is the only way to do it! Janita

  8. Image for vicki vicki

    Love your blog. Am wondering why I can't read whole day's post in one spot? Why the "continue reading" link? As an every day reader, I'd love to finish the day's post in one spot.

  9. Image for jodi jodi

    I love the idea of the "natural" decor for winter. I LOVE pinecones and the driftwood is beautiful! OMG....Carol of the Bells is my all time favorite Christmas song....I actually had the Trans Siberian Orchestra performing Carol of the Bells on youtube the other night...it's amazing!! :) Merry Christmas! Jodi

  10. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    Do they have a MENSA for decorators and DIYers? You would be at the head of the list. I have often thought everyone should have an all season tree. You could decorate it for Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Oh! I forgot Columbus Day - I certainly can't forget the Italians and I forgot St. Pat. Think of all the little decorations you could make for that all season tree :-) Do you think we should start promoting it??

  11. Image for Sally Sally

    Yes! I have been de-santatizing for the past several years -- except stuff that goes on the Christmas tree -- because that gets put away on New Years Day. I like to leave some of the rest out for a while. And... depending on how long you like to leave "winter" decor out... REDS can carry over to Valentine's Day. Just sayin'... xo Merry Christmas Sweet Friend! ~Sally

  12. Image for Colleen P Colleen P

    Yep, brilliant! I have been doing this for a number of years. I just take down the tree and garland and leave the wintery stuff until the end of January or so.

  13. Image for Debra Matcovich Debra Matcovich

    I also decorate for winter. I put pine garland sprigs with pinecones and silver and white pearls, with burlap ribbon on my doorknobs and once xmas is over i take out the pearl pics and then it's winterized. My entrance table has a snowy birdhouse on twigs in a silver tray, and a glass vase with snowy branches which i hung snowflakes. I think it's very pretty and I leave it there till valentine's day.

  14. Image for Missy Missy

    Love the Trans Siberian Orchestra...I used to decorate a 10 ft live tree on my front porch..take the decorations off after Christmas and leave it up until the robins started nesting in the spring..It stayed green all winter..

  15. Image for GinaE GinaE

    Me too....winter decorating. I only put out two Santa's, so just those and the tree to take down in Jan. My mantel will stay as is until spring.

  16. Image for Christa Christa

    Why didn't I think of that?? I have been doing fall instead of Halloween then thanksgiving for years, but, then Ido just Christmas. Leaving the house empty come January when it's all packed away. Glad to see that Lamps Plus knows your a rock star!

  17. Image for Deirdre Deirdre

    Hey K: I sent you an email about the article we are writing that will include one of your projects. I need to know how I should caption and link your images. Can you please check your email when you have a second and shoot me back a response? I need this info ASAP. Sorry for the rush! Deirdre @ HouseLogic

  18. Image for Lisa Campbell Lisa Campbell

    You are a genius rockstar. I just keep thinking I can't wait to see it all "next year" when the magazine comes out! You need to check out The Piano Guys on utube or internet and watch them play carols. Amazing. I want to read your response to them!

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