I love Christmas! I LOVE decorating for Christmas. When you’re in the military and move every so many years, making each new home yours can be a challenge. One I happily accept. I love to put our personal touches on each of the homes we live in; even if those touches need to be temporary. When it comes to holiday decorating I usually keep it minimal. I REALLY don’t like moving this sort of stuff around – because honestly, we never know where we’ll end up. Will the house be smaller, larger, have a garage? We can’t say. Next we need to factor in damage. A lot of our belongings inevitably disappear between the packing up of our stuff and the unpacking, or are damaged with each move. It’s frustrating, but we deal.
Over the years, I’ve learned I need to limit how much holiday decor I allow myself to have. What this means is decor for holidays other than Christmas get relegated to no more than two bins and Christmas gets four. That’s it. The bulk of the ornaments on the trees were collected over the years at our various duty stations or can easily be replaced if I need to purge excess items in preparation for a big move.
The Friday after Thanksgiving I began decorating our home. My boys have never showed much interest in the tree. Even as babies or toddlers they left it alone. I can not say the same for Ellena. She has been all over this tree and took a keen interest in watching me decorate it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught her touching or pulling bulbs off. I love her curiosity, and the challenge she’s given me to keep the lower half of our tree to the shatterproof decorations and bulbs. I think I may have FINALLY gotten my Christmas decorating partner. I’m looking forward to future Christmases where she and I will really decorate our home together.
I still want to tweak a few things but here are a few photos of what I’ve done in my living room so far. I love the small wreathes between each of the windows (we’ve four in our living room). This prooves decorating for the holidays needn’t be over the top. Sometimes the simplest of touches, have the greatest impact.
I picked up this countdown garland from Target this past weekend. My advent calendar got ruined in our last move, so last year I used store bought ones for my kids. When I spied this one I sort of fell in love. Apart from the candy, which my boys love to look for each day, my husband and I are writing little notes to our boys. These sort of traditions are so wonderful and I hope when they are older they’ll want to continue them with their own families.
I love these reindeer pillows. I bought them in Italy, but you can find similiar ones in many stores. I also love this one from Joss & Main. The black and white pillows I also added this week. I’ve wanted a black and white check or plaid pillows for these sofas since we moved into this home a year and a half ago, but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on them. I found these four pillows at Kirkland‘s and they were very affordable. Here is a comparable pillow from Walmart!
Check back tomorrow, I’ll share a bit more of my holiday decorating and how I make military housing a home.
Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Before her current gig working in social media management and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!