The Christmas tree pine smell, stockings on the fireplace mantle and the marshmallow hot chocolate on the stove. It’s the season of creating a cozy holiday atmosphere in our homes and we all love doing it. Let’s face it though, often Christmas cheer can sometimes come with a heavy price tag and lots of de-cluttering to do come the new year. This is why I opted for a minimalist Christmas this year. Here are the only three decor items I needed for Christmas 2016.
Oh Christmas Tree
In the past I have dug up our six foot pre-lit gigantasaurus of a Christmas tree from storage. With the Mr.’s help we would assemble and spruce it only to find that part of the tree didn’t light or some other malfunction. Who has time for that? This year all we did was take a short little ride to the nearest live tree sale spot and brought our beautiful noble fir home. V loved going tree shopping and putting it up in our home took less than ten minutes, really. I have no idea why we didn’t think of this before?! The natural beauty of the tree is more than enough for me. I may or may not hang some strings lights around it, but it sure looks beautiful without.
Front Door Wreath
Nothing says “Merry Christmas” to guests like a welcoming and inviting wreath. Going with our natural minimalist decor, I chose a live pine wreath from Trader Joes. I love walking into my home after being greeted by our Christmas wreath and It’s a great statement piece for the holidays.
I love it when a neighborhood has plenty of Christmas Cheer. By this, I mean exterior Christmas lights on the house. Lighting decor can quickly get out of control and take over your entire garage. If your the type of person that enjoys keeping a collection of lighted decor and feel relaxed while untangling and set up, then more power to you. As for me, I like simplicity and less is more in my book. The Mr. helped me hang some IKEA string lights outside our doorway and this was just the touch our home needed to light things up. Christmas lights make a house look happy during the holidays and has always been something I enjoy looking at.