I’m keeping it simple, my decor this year is mostly garland for scent, poinsettias scattered here and there, ornaments in various vessels, and always branches ~ simple touches since I want to spend most of the next week enjoying the twinkle lights, the baked goodies, the traditions, and our family.Beautiful and magazine-worthy? Yes. Simple? No.
My definition of simple Christmas decorating goes like this:
1. Buy a tree (but only on years when we'll be at home for Christmas)Now I don't think there's anything wrong with elaborate holiday decorating. But there's also no need for false modesty. If you do something that you're proud of, own it. It won't spoil the effect if you are upfront about how much effort it really took.
2. Decorate the tree with hand-me-down ornaments from my own childhood. Nothing matches and I love it that way.
3. Put up a nativity set and felted wool stockings for the kids
While my decorating is definitely simple, my family's style of get-togethers is definitely not. We hosted my entire immediate family. With 17 people staying in our house and 19 people total, it was chaotic (in a good way) and busy and productive. We ate amazing food, spent lots of time reading and talking and playing games, and worked on several projects. My dad made wooden marble runs for the grandkids and helped me with several electrical/wiring projects. Pictures coming once I get around to it!
I'll end 2011 with a picture taken on Christmas day after church and before we opened presents.