Santa Claus has most definitely exploded in my house.
I mentioned in the past that my Christmas decor is lacking. As in, I put up our tree (most years) and call it a day. Maybe it’s because Dorothy has discovered a passion for Christmas lights, or because most days I’m bored out of my skull, but the Cotten family has gone all out this year.
Starting with outdoor Christmas lights.
I have never in my life had outdoor Christmas lights. Especially colored, vintage ones. We can blame/credit that one to the hubby. I completed the look with a vintage sled and my trusty year-round milk stool.
Our entry way features my new favorite pillows from H&M, and a magnetic chalkboard frame that will display our Christmas cards.
Right now it proudly features our first letter from Heydi, our 12-year old from Honduras. Courtny signed our family up as a sponsor for Children International earlier this fall, and I can’t tell you how good it feels to do something for a little girl who needs so much. We’re so excited to send her letters, and even a Christmas gift, to give her and her family a very special holiday. We’re just getting started with Children International but so far we love everything about it. I highly recommend, if you are able.
There was a battle of the Christmas lights in the Cotten house. I totally won.
This year I added a few strands of red lights to my original white LEDs, and I love the look (although I’m already planning on the “warm” white LEDs for next year). Courtny fought for uber expensive glass bulbs that I poo-pooed. Come on. We have a toddler.
Our Lands End stockings are tied with ribbon and garland around the basement staircase instead of from the mantle. Our fireplace resides downstairs, but I didn’t want our stockings to be the only Christmas item in the basement. Therefore, this is my solution.
Dorothy (and Courtny) love this train. Momma loves that it isn’t on the floor. However, the train made a suicide jump one morning last week and you would have thought the world was ending – according to D. We’re looking for a replacement, to say the least.
In terms of ornaments, we most definitely sport a hodge podge. I buy ornaments on all of our travels and for special occasions, and we also display many in memory of those who went before us. I think I most cherish the handmade ornaments my sisters made us for our first Christmas as a married couple. We had nothing but a 5 ft. Christmas tree in our apartment, and they were nice enough to make us clothespin reindeer. It’s a nice reminder of our family’s humble beginnings. 🙂
My grandmother left me her Christmas village, and this is the first year that I’ve been able to set it out properly. If possible, the display is even more precious to me now since it features many Montgomery County landmarks – like the General Lew Wallace Study and the Old Jail Museum.
Yes, Crawfordsville has landmarks. I know you’re shocked.
Okay. It’s a loose theme. But I still love it.
Do you have a “theme” for your holiday decor? Tell me about your favorite Christmas decor item in your home below in the comments!
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