Like many of you, I’ve been enjoying (drooling over) all the GORGEOUS home tours going on these past weeks in blog land! I don’t know about you, but I find myself in complete awe of these stunning, magazine-worthy homes all dressed up for the holidays!
But, I’ll admit, I also feel a bit disheartened and yes, even frustrated when I see these picture perfect homes.
It can be difficult not to play the ‘competing’ game, especially when your own home may not be so perfect. It can be ever more so, when your on a budget.
When I first put up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, I too, felt those nasty pangs of disappoint and even depression, as I looked at our sad-little tree. I bought the faux tree many years ago, (Allergies prevent a real one), and it was definitely starting to show it’s age. As I placed the tree in the corner of our living room, (one of several rooms that require a complete gut), I realized a piece of the worn wall paper was peeling behind it.
**I apologize for the dark photo’s. It’s been raining here for over a week!
At first I felt like having a good ole’ cry, but then I looked down at the box of precious Christmas ornaments I’ve been saving for years, and spotted my daughter, Mel’s first ornament. Maybe it is time to think about getting a new one, but that old tree has seen us through some pretty amazing Christmas’, and I figured it could give her one last hurrah! So I drove to our local Dollar Store and grabbed two cans of spray snow! The total cost was $6 and though it was a bit messy, I LOVED how it turned out!
I decided to decorate the tree a bit more ‘baby’ friendly this year, so I kept many treasured (breakable) ornaments in the box, and just added some shatter proof balls, plaid ribbon, and soft cuddly ornaments I found at the dollar store!
Since I was concerned about the sharp points on the tree stand, I simply placed the tree inside an old bucket I found at the farm, and covered it with a furry throw.
As for the peeling wallpaper? Well, I hung hubby’s old ski’s over it-and the smile on his face when he saw them there was priceless!
Although I didn’t start out with a decorating theme, Mel did when she came home this weekend. She took one look at the rustic wood elements, pops of red and plaid, and touches of gold and silver-and came up with-‘Country with bling!’
I’d say that describes our fireplace perfectly! The rustic wood centerpiece was made with boards from an old corn crib on the farm.
I added the chippy deer that I’ve had for MANY years, along with some frosted pine cones, and a few silver balls in the greenery.
I also added more touches of red with this rustic lantern I found at Big Lot’s for $7…
And a vase filled cranberries and Epsom salt!
Of course, I couldn’t forget the most important accessory of all!
Dad’s old sled had taken on a lot of water damage when I found it last year, but I think he’d be pleased as punch to see it proudly displayed in front of our fireplace!
Although I may question it at times, I realize it isn’t the decorations or how they look that matter this time of year. What matters is spending time with family, sharing traditions, and creating new memories.
What does Christmas mean to you?
I’ll be sharing more of our Country Christmas on Thursday! Until then, have an amazing Tuesday, and don’t forget to stop back tonight for The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!
Blessings and hugs,