Happy Thanksgiving week my friends! The holidays are in full swing around here! If you haven’t already started decorating, I’m guessing this weekend it will be go-time for you! I’m wondering…do you change your Christmas decorations from time to time? Do you add to them every year? Do you like to chose a theme for the season?
I had a bit of a slow start with my process here in the new house, after all, we lived on Willow Creek for 23 years, that little white house was very nearly a part of me. I knew exactly what Christmas decorations suited her best.
For years, before I painted all the dark wood, I used traditional Christmas decorations…posted HERE
The year I redecorated Willow Creek, I went nuts with a Pastel Christmas…posted HERE!
Last Christmas I decorated with a ‘Snow Day’ theme because my tiny-love Ellie, was dreaming of a white Christmas…(posted HERE)
But none of those themes work for the new house because the fireplace is so vastly different here on Stone House Lane. It took me awhile to envision what our new house needed.
When I choose a theme for decorating I use it for the whole season, in decorating and throughout December when we have our get-togethers. In 2009 I used The Symphony of the Bell and gave out little bell ornaments as party favors (HERE) . In 2010 I went with Live Cozy posted HERE. Last year it was Snow Day!(Snow Day Christmas Party posted HERE)
So what would it be this year?
A few months ago, when I saw the cover of Richard Paul Evans newest book I had this sense of all things Christmas envelope me.
I was completely inspired by the soft colored lights on the snowy tree…
You know me…a southern girl who longs for snow 🙂
That was my starting point for the decorations.
My other inspiration came from our new location.
We’re less than a mile away from Kennesaw Mountain National Park and over 18 miles trails that wind through beautiful untouched woods. The Husband and I have fallen in love with these trails. We’ve watched the landscape gradually change from May to November as the thick canopy of lush summer green gave way to vibrant yellow and fiery red.
And best of all, nearly every time we walk we see deer.
Beautiful, graceful deer. Some nibbling contentedly, others looking us right in the eye and occasionally one will leap through a field and it’s more beautiful I tell ya, than watching a prima ballerina.
Every time I see one I’m humbled and in awe of God’s goodness.
I felt it only fitting to include these magnificent creatures in our Christmas decorating.
In October, we found 2 gorgeous deer exactly like this at Costco. (they quickly ran out, I’m glad we got them when we did!)
I knew they needed to be on the mantle but when I got them up there, they got lost in all the stacked stone which is similar in color.
So…I spray painted them white! The ones below aren’t my deer but you get the idea!
Now they really stand out! Can’t wait to show you mine!
For the outside…we’re going uber simple. Wreaths and red bows on the windows and…
Two gorgeous lighted reindeer from The Home Depot…(they have so many Christmas decorations this year!!!)
I guess I’ll call my theme: Snowy Woodland Christmas 🙂
I’d love to hear a bit about your creative process my friends…
Have a inspired week!