Grace.

I had planned on sharing part one of a full Christmas Home Tour with you all yesterday, but unfortunately the weather hasn’t cooperated with me. We’ve had a lot of grey and gloomy days around here, which does not make for prime picture taking.

Christmas Decor | JOYful Front Porch

Christmas Decor | Christmas Home TourI was getting really frustrated that I couldn’t get any good pictures in our house {that was nearly pitch black}….and so I stopped myself. This whole blog gig is supposed to be fun {a lot of work, but fun} and the Holidays can already be stressful enough. I just didn’t see the need to allow self-imposed stress. 

Christmas Decor | Vintage Ornaments in hand carved bowl from Kenya

Christmas Decor | Turquoise Christmas ornaments in antique dough bowlSo, I’m giving myself some grace. I’m sharing a few of my favorite shots that I have captured this season. A little bit of stress-free prettiness. And then I’m going to mostly-sign off until after Christmas. 

Christmas Decor | Vintage inspired bottle brush trees lined on the mantel

Christmas Decor | Coffee Bar with vintage thermoses and Santa mug

Christmas Decor | Winter scene under cloche

Christmas Decor | Kitchen window vignetteI hope you’ll give yourself some grace, too. Don’t kill yourself trying to make sure every last detail is perfect this Christmas. Take some time to slow down, relax, and soak in the season. Make memories instead of unattainable expectations. 

Christmas Decor | Vintage thermos Christmas table centerpiece

Christmas Decor | Vintage Christmas tableEnjoy the time you’re able to spend with your loved ones. And don’t forget to take a moment or two out by yourself, too. Even the most extroverted of extroverts needs a little time to herself. There is something to be said for margins, and something sacred about time alone. Embrace the quiet and the crazy. 

Christmas Decor | Color blocked Christmas tree

Christmas Decor | Winter vignette with Lindsay Letters "Oh Holy Night" printWhatever you do, and however you celebrate this season….let it include grace….

Christmas Schnauzer…because Grace is the entire reason we have Christmas in the first place. 

How are you giving yourself grace this Christmas?

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Color Blocked Tree

One day in November, I looked my husband in the eye and said words I never thought would come out of my mouth. “Under no circumstances should you allow me to buy any more Christmas trees this year”. His reply? “Done”. 

You see, I have a Christmas tree of some sort in every room of the house. Even the laundry room! That’s 7 trees {not counting the bottle brush, glass and ceramic trees of course}. It’s a disease. 

Color Blocked Tree

The after-Christmas sales got me one last time this past January, and another adorable white tree practically jumped into my arms…..for only $9! It even came with ornaments! 

Color Blocked Tree

I kinda forgot about it between January and December…and I rolled my eyes at myself when I found it in my garage. All’s well that ends well, though — and this little cutie looks awesome in our office! 

I arranged the Christmas ornaments that came with it in a color-blocked pattern. I had a faux lamb skin from Ikea for a future project on hand — which makes a lovely tree skirt! 

Color Blocked Tree

The tree topper was another post-Christmas sale find, at Walgreens of all places! It’s a nice throw back to Christmases past, and its colored lights coordinate so well with the vibrant bulbs.  

Color Blocked Tree

 

Does anyone else have a sick obsession with Christmas trees like me? How many are in your house?

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Color Blocked Tree

JOYful Christmas Porch

Hi y’all! I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was full, but great! I’m officially done with all of my Christmas shopping! Woohoo! 

We didn’t get around to putting lights on the house this year, but I did decorate the front porch as usual. I always get a fresh garland for around the door. This year’s is cedar {which, since last year, I forgot I’m slightly allergic to….but it’s so pretty!}. 

JOYful Christmas Porch

Instead of a wreath, I hung this JOYful door banner. You can find all of the details in my post at All Things Thrifty

JOYful Christmas Porch

The big chalkboard got a festive touch, too. When I’m trying to get inspired, I’ll do a Google search for chalk art to use as a guide. I just freehand based on my inspiration. 

JOYful Christmas Porch

The porch needed a bit of sparkle, so I brought back the tomato cage trees. 

JOYful Christmas Porch

Little miss Macy Jane had to get in on the fun, too. :)

JOYful Christmas Porch

 

macy front porch

JOYful Christmas Porch

JOYful Christmas Porch

Did you hang lights or decorate outside this year?

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