Our First Christmas

This is far from our first Christmas together but this will be the first Christmas in our new house! I have been frantically unpacking for a couple weeks trying to get ready for the holidays. I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever and will be hosting a couple Christmas’, a cookie decorating party and my in-laws for the holidays; so I am trying to make this house look like a home. Sunday I finally decided enough was enough and it was time to break out the Christmas decorations (and Mariah Carey’s Christmas Album) and start decorating for Christmas.

Christmas Decor, tamcam10

Last year I may have taken advantage of after Christmas sales at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby and Micheal’s just a smidge too much. There is a good mixture of Christmas past and present to decorate with.

Christmas Decor, tamcam10

I bought my first Christmas tree and invested in one of those that just unfolds, amazing! No more trying to decode the faded color spots on the branches, getting scratched up from the branches and then realizing you messed up! This tree was up in two minuets flat, just take it out of the box and flip upwards. The kids decorated the tree all by themselves and loved asking questions about all the ornaments.

Christmas Decor, Christmas Countdown, The Stockings Were Hung, Antique Pie Hutch, tamcam10

I have big plans for this antique pie hutch but time has gotten away from me and I just haven’t quite gotten to making her over yet. For now I really like how this turned out and it gave me a place to hang our stockings.

Christmas Decor, Mixing Vintage and New, Antique Theater Chairs, Bottle Brush Trees, The Stockings Were Hung, tamcam10

My antique theater chairs are finally in their spot in the entry way (you can read about them, Here) On my last visit to my favorite thrift store, The Looking Glass I picked up this shelf and I think it is the perfect companion to my chairs.

Christmas Decor, Bottle Brush Trees, Jello Tins, tamcam10

I added a little decor to the kids’ bathroom but they decided that they needed more….

Which then led to them putting up little Christmas trees in their rooms…

Vivian said that I had enough trees so they could have some, she was right, plus I loved having them in the decorating spirit.

Green Cake Stand Christmas Decor, Truck and Camper Christmas Ornaments, tamcam10

This idea I stole from Pinterest and I just love it! I already had the green cake stand and then I found the car & camper ornaments at Walmart.

Green Cake Stand Christmas Decor, Car and Camper Christmas Ornaments, Bottle Brush Trees, Vintage Tree Ornaments, tamcam10

The cake stand wasn’t quite enough decor for my island, it needed some length to it. I had plenty of bottle brush trees and a box of vintage ornaments, add some snow and elevate (I used utensil drawer organizers) and my center piece was complete.

Cabinet Wreaths, Sugared Christmas Deer, Vintage Pie Pans, tamcam10

 I have seen all the pictures of people decorating with Christmas wreaths on their kitchen cabinets and I love the look. Last year in my after Christmas shopping I picked up three of these “wreaths” which are actually candle rings, they were the perfect size for these upper cabinets. I took the third wreath and deconstructed it, bringing the greenery all the way down.

Christmas Decor, Sugared Deer, Kitchen Decor

I could not pass up these sugared deer earlier this year, they are just too cute.

Vintage Inspired Pie Pans, Christmas Decor, tamcam10

These vintage inspired pie pans were a great for above the cook-top. Everything I have hung up on the walls for Christmas was done with 3M Command Strips, I use them everywhere. I don’t like putting holes in the walls because I like to change up my decor and things don’t always hang in the same spot. These strips allow my to hang decor where ever I want.

Vintage Christmas Deer, Pink Christmas Tree, tamcam10

My mom rescued this sweet little deer from my grandma who was going to toss it, she knew it would fit right in with my decor.

That wraps up my Christmas decorating for this year, I can’t wait to start hunting for bargains and treasures to add for next year.

Merry Christmas … Tam


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