Simplified Christmas Holiday Decorating

I love decorating for the Christmas holiday. That’s why I’m willing to put a little more effort into this season than any other. I just spread it out over several days so that it doesn’t completely exhaust me.

Door with holiday wreath and article title - Christmas Holiday Decorating

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By now, you know that I believe in making my holiday decorating simple so that it doesn’t become a time burden and doesn’t exhaust me. I wanted to share what I’m doing for Christmas this year. While this is greatly simplified from what I used to do, Christmas is such a wonderful time that I just had to expand it beyond the other holidays.

Front Yard & Front Door

Outdoor snowmen holiday decorations

My husband is in charge of this area, although I picked everything out. He does a great job each year getting them up on Thanksgiving weekend, so we can enjoy them all season. Even though he’s doing all the work in this area, I still kept it simple with a snowman theme.

On the porch, I keep it really simple with an evergreen wreath that has red and silver ornaments.

Staircase

This is the only time of the year that I decorate the staircase, but I just couldn’t cut it out. I have an evergreen garland running up the railing with large red and silver ornaments, red bows, and a wreath at the top. Since we have a glass front door, this creates a great view from outside.

Staircase decorated for the holidays

Entry Table

The entry table just inside the front door sticks with the snowman theme from outdoors but adds mail and Santa. I’ve wrapped the small gifts since this photo was taken.

Entry table decorated for the holidays with snowman, santa, and santa's mailbox

The stacked Snowman and Santa are from Longaberger a few years ago (unfortunately, they aren’t still available). The Santa Mailbox is from Pottery Barn.

The Christmas Tree

I keep the red and silver theme going here also. But, I don’t exclude the kid’s annual ornaments. We’ve had a great tradition since my son was born that we purchase each of the kids a special dated ornament. When they were young, we just picked it out for them. As they got older, we let them pick the ornaments out themselves. Katie moved into her own apartment in September, so her ornaments are on her tree rather than ours this year.

Decorated Christmas tree with packages

Dining Room Table

The dining room table is opposite the Christmas tree. For Christmas, we stay with the red & silver but use ornaments, trees, candles, and garland. The runner is from Pottery Barn, as are the candles, candleholders, and mini lights. The ornaments and hurricane jars are from Crate & Barrel. Since I have collected these over several years, some aren’t still available. The ones I could find have links below the picture.

Holiday tablescape with red, silver & green

Antique Mercury Glass Taper Holders     Antique Mercury Pillar Holders     Polka Dot Embroidered Table Runner     Clear Glass Trees      London Narrow Clear Hurricane

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Family Room

This is another area that only gets decorated at Christmas time but there a couple of very special items that needed someplace to go. On the DVD rack is my Disney Village which was given to me as a gift several years ago.

Disney holiday village

I collect carousel horses, so my Dad gave me this set one Christmas. I displayed them on the TV stand.

Holiday carousel horses

Final Thoughts

I love the holiday season, and I love decorating for it. This is the time of the year that I spend more time and energy on decorating. However, I still keep it simple and make sure each item has a purpose. I’m thinking about redoing some of the areas after the holidays this year. We’ll have to see what’s on sale.

I would love to see some of your holiday decorating ideas. Comment below or send me an email at janet@alifeofbalance.com.

Decorating posts for other holidays:

Simplified Fall Decorating

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