Even though it’s a little late, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share the decorations we put up this year to celebrate the holidays. I wasn’t much into the holiday spirit this year, but now that we are packing up all of the decor, I’m sad to see it go!
Have I ever mentioned how excited I was/am to have a mantel that I could actually decorate for the holidays?! We got our stockings from Target. The little deer families were gifted from my mom and they looked so cute keeping watch for Santa.
While I love the editorial look of a styled Christmas tree, we just have too many ornaments with meaning to leave any of them off the tree. Our tree this year was a collection of store-bought and homemade ornaments that we have collected or been gifted over the years. It’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions to unwrap ornaments and reminisce about where they came from.
I promised Troy that when we got a house, we could retire our sad five-foot plastic tree and get a real one. True to my word, we trekked out to the Christmas tree farm soon after Thanksgiving and picked out the perfect one.
In addition to a live tree, we also make it a point to get a fresh evergreen wreath to hang on the front door.
These little guys were a new addition this year. I think they like their new home!
As far as the rest of the exterior of the house, Troy did a great job of stringing lights and making sure our neighbors knew we were in the holiday spirit! I never really got that picturesque snow-covered photo opt (the snow in lower Michigan has been sparse this year), but you get the idea.
The tree in the upstairs window is our old fake tree, put to new use! The inflatable bear in the yard, on loan from my mom until she tells me she wants it back, is possibly the only inflatable decoration I have ever seen that I’ve liked — and I LOVE this bear. He unfortunately suffered a small tear during an ice storm last month, but he’ll definitely be making a comeback next year!
Gratuitous “full moon over lit eaves” shot.
It was so heartwarming for us to be able to decorate our house and host family for Christmas. However you spent your holiday season, I hope it was full of joy and peace. Happy New Year from the Stieves!