Happy December my friends! Today feels like the perfect day to share my cozy Christmas living room with all of you. I tried to keep things really simple this year. I mean, let’s be honest–the living room pretty much belongs to my kiddos. With that in mind, I made the wise decision to focus on using items that are not breakable or fragile, unlike the nativity set I really wanted to put out. By the way, what is it about kids and nativity sets? I don’t know if your kids do this, but it’s like a moth to a flame every time mine catch a glimpse of a nativity set. And then I have to explain for the 123rd time that while these little people do look just like miniature dolls, they are not toys. NOT TOYS. Put down baby Jesus. This conversation happens every time. And honestly, I just don’t have the energy to do it this year. Hopefully one year soon when they’re a little older it can make a glorious return to our home, but for now it’s safely tucked away in storage. Kinda sad, right? I mean, how do I decorate for Christmas without a nativity set? I don’t know my friends, I just don’t know. But this is what I’ve come up with, so I’ll stop rambling and get on with it!
This adorable Grain Sack Pillow is from Farmhouse Wares–you can find it here if you’re interested. Surely it’s acceptable to leave this pillow out all year round. Reindeers aren’t just for Christmas…right?
I always get so many questions about this set of baskets hanging on the wall. I found them at Hobby Lobby over a year ago. I’m not sure they carry these exact ones anymore, but I bet you can find something similar.
This may be the most simple holiday mantel ever, but I love it. Simple is just winning out for me this year. I made that Christmas wreath in about 10 minutes. You can see how easy it was to create in this post.
I know I already said it, but the simplicity of this room is really wining my heart over this year. Sometimes I think we can stress too much about decorating for the holidays. And I’m guilty of that myself. But the truth is it’s a lot of work. And time. And energy. And we all know it’s so tempting to get sucked up in that familiar game of comparison. But I’ve noticed a few changes in myself over the past year or so and the main thing that sticks out to me is that I love easy. I love simple. I love when things aren’t too cluttered and when I can focus on one or two accent pieces without feeling like every inch of the room is fighting for attention. Does that make sense? I hope so. And my philosophy is really no different when it comes to holiday decor. I’d honestly rather go light than overdo it. Subtle rather than over the top. And I think opting for the simple route can still result in a home that is cozy and warm for the holidays. Plus you’ll probably have more time for cookie baking, movie watching, and other merry holiday activities. And that’s a BIG win.
Well I seem to be rambling today, so I’m going to stop here and just say thank you for visiting my blog. I always feel so much gratitude when I finish writing each and every post because I think about all of you. I am seriously so appreciative that you take time out of your day to read my posts. It means so much to me!
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