Dec 7, 2011

What Christmas Looks Like at Our House: Part III

Living Room at Christmas time ::  Christmas tree, wreath hung with ribbon by the window, stockings hung by the fireplace, red striped pillows, and so far ...only a few gifts wrapped and under the tree.

Our family tradition is driving down to Home Depot and picking out a live tree.  Then we bring it home, my husband puts it in water, trims the branches, and strings the white lights onto it.  Then as a family, we watch "White Christmas", drink sparkling cider, and decorate the tree.  This year, our tree is full of all different kinds of ornaments.  I had thought about thinning them out one of these nights, after the kids had gone to bed, but then changed my mind.  While at one point in my life I may have done this, right now I'd rather not waste my precious time around the holidays erasing the work of my children.   I like to see how proud they are of each little ornament that they hung and the little stories they remember about each little one.  In the end, it doesn't really matter how crowded the tree may look.  I don't think any little changes to it could make this tree look any happier. 
Oh, and every year we like to string popcorn and cranberries together for our tree too.   It's really fun until you poke your finger with the needle a time or two.  :)

Also... a few left over Christmas tree trimmings made it into this white pot in the corner of our dining room.
{Oh dear, please ignore my dirty floor.}

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed the addition of these two chairs from the picture at the very top of this post.  These lovely chairs were on a fantastic sale at Target a couple of weeks ago and had been on my wish list for that empty space by that window for awhile.  I love them!  Now their is room for everyone in our family to have a place to sit during a movie or family scripture study, etc. 

Well, that's the living room for ya!
I'll be back later this week with a tiny bit more Christmas decor.  I'll give you a hint, it has something to do with lots of red little circles...


Julia said...

Your living room is so homey and inviting! I just LOVE those chairs:). Your tree is lovely....I left the tree just as the kids decorated it, too! It makes them feel so proud.

Merry Christmas!


DeAnne said...

i love it! the chairs are a great addition.

Makayla said...

The kids did a great job on the tree! I honestly think it's one of the most beautiful trees I've ever seen. It makes me wonder if I should leave the ornaments on the floor that Dallin took off and threw down there. ;-) Someday hopefully my kids will want to help, rather then undo. Until then I love our Christmas tree with ornaments on the top and none on the bottom because that means I have a toddler. Love your homey living room. Love you even more.

KC and the Sunshine Kids said...

Friend, I LOVE you for keeping your kiddos crowded ornaments or homemade jobbies on the tree... I am the exact same way!! Especially as kids get older and would NOTICE if something was moved or changed, what would we as Mom's be saying to our children about their creativeness or handiwork if we changed it?? :) I LOVE it. It looks shouts I am LOVED by a family! :) Good work.

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