I realized that I had written about my mom’s Christmas Decoration but had failed to write about my own. Since I have only recently moved to my new (somewhat larger) place I had to come to the realization that decoration that would cover my two room apartment would not do the trick for my townhouse. The problem I had to deal with in decorating this year was that I had more space to decorate and far less money due to the whole grad school thing. I’ll start with my tree!
I have had my artificial tree for three years. I bought it when it was marked down after Christmas the year before I moved out of my parents home. I have been collecting ornaments for it every year. I am very picky about the ornaments that go on my tree. I have to really like them or they don’t make the tree. I only have one set of generic red and silver balls on the tree to make sure the tree is covered.
Below is my newest ornament from this year. As you probably know I am quiet a dog lover and I thought this ornament looked like my Dog Hope (lovingly referred to as Hopie Dog). I picked this ornament up at TJ Maxx for around $7.
Next up is my TV cabinet decoration (yes I know my TV is small compared to the cabinet…it’s a money thing and it hasn’t become a priority yet). I simply decided to flank the TV with a snowman I had purchased after Christmas last year and with the Good Will vase that I redid in an earlier post. In the corner of the photo you can see an old faithful snow man that was one of my earliest pieces of Christmas decoration that I bought for my office while I was taking unemployment insurance claims (short time period in my life between undergraduate and grad school). I love that snowman though so I haven’t been able to part with him.
Next up, is my decorated wall shelves. I chose to keep the shelves very minimal as I did with my Thanksgiving decor. I liked the looks of the metal paired up with the muted tones of my Precious Moments Christmas pieces. I always display my Precious Moments nativity as a way of including some connection to the true meaning of Christmas. I bought the hanging lantern in a specialty store in Williamsburg, Va and I added the bow to give it a Christmasy look. You might also remember that I bought the once silver candle stand on the other end of the display at the thrift store and gave it a coat of black paint to freshen it up.
Next up is my plant stand that normally sits in the living room (it had to give its spot to the tree). I placed the plant stand at the bottom of my stairs to add some decor to that area. The Poinsettias in a vase were bought at Burke’s Outlet last year and I have had the Cherished Teddies figurine for a couple years now, it came from TJ Maxx.
Lastly, is my pathetically small amount of upstairs decor. The picture below is it. I put this small tree (purchased at dollar tree) on my plant stand at the top of the stairs and filled in the bottom of the stand with a snowman decoration that I picked up either last year or the year before.
I know I have a way to go in getting my whole house decorated..but there is always next year right!
Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas and New Years with their families and friends!!