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12.14.2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

I know I've shared several pictures of our Christmas tree and such, but today I want to link up with The Nester for her 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes! 

This year, our Christmas decor is a bit different. 

Since we are in the middle of construction, all of our regular Christmas decorations are in storage and really hard to get to.  So, we've improvised and bought a smaller tree.  It's pretty Charlie Brownish, but it's ours and we love it...ok, Isaiah and I love it.  Michael is just tolerating it.

I didn't want to spend a fortune on decorations since I have so many lovely ones in storage, so I bought a few cheap things and "made do".  We all have to do that from time to time, right?  Just "make do". 

Mostly, our tree is decorated with jingle bells.  I bought a pack from Michael's for about $2.  I also purchased a few spools of raffia.  I hung all of the bells from the tree with raffia.  I bought a large spool of tartan plaid ribbon and made bows...even a large one for the top.  Isaiah is NOT happy about this, so we probably will have to go out and buy an angel or star before it's all over.

The rest of the tree is filled in with pine cones, candy canes, and a few $1 oraments from Target...

and this cute little pirate nutcracker that Isaiah opened as one of his 12 Days of Christmas gifts.  He opened it and said "ARRRGGGGHHHH.  I'll crack your nuts."  Boys.

I love to match my wrapping to my tree.  So, all of my gifts are wrapped in this brown/craft paper w/ red and gold writing on it.  I really love the way it looks. 

Here's a few other simple details I've added around the house.

It's not much, but it's definitely beginning to look like Christmas...

Have you decorated yet?  Do you have a theme or do you just go with whatever is in the box? 

Thanks for stopping by!
~jennykate

24 comments...I love comments:

starnes family said...

Super cute decor. I love the wrapping paper and the framed picture! So smart of you to use as decoration.

We have the same wreath, too.

And, Charlie Brownish? I don't know any other way to decorate.

Holly said...

Hello! I'm stopping by from Follow Me Back Tuesday as your newest follower! I look forward to reading more of your posts! I love your holiday decorations, and that you're doing a 12 days of Christmas with your kids. I look forward to the day when my daughter is old enough to appreciate that!

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Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

It's all so awesome, JK! LOVE that stocking holder. So creative.

hotpants™ said...

I didn't go crazy with the decorations this year. We threw a lot out when we moved. I bought new stockings and new ornaments. I'll add to it next year. I love the wrapping paper you picked.

Megan said...

Its all pretty! But I especially love your wrapping paper!

Life with Kaishon said...

I thik it looks just perfect. I love it!

Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

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Kelli said...

Oh my goodness I am in love with that wrapping paper. I love your decorations and all of the ornaments. We have decorated but we don't have a whole lot out.

brainella said...

I love that angel ornament! It's so warm and inviting at your place...we'll come stay! :)

Baloney said...

Looks wonderful!

jijie said...

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Show Me Mama said...

I totally love the wrapping paper and of course those lovely stockings :) Looks great! Thanks for sharing and
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Impulsive Addict said...

I'm kinda in love with your wrapping paper! It's super cute! I also am a little jealous of that cute stocking holder.

I pretty much only have a tree up. Yep, Emma has the worst mother ever. OH WAIT...I have a Christmas wreath on the door that even lights up! TAKE THAT!

I clearly have jealousy issues today.

Jaima said...

Stopping by from Our Crazily-Random Life! I absolutely love your decor! It is gorgeous! My tree is black/silver theme but everything else is just Christmas themed!

shortmama said...

Very cute!

MiMi said...

I do NOT coordinate at all. I just take whatever's in the box. It's awesome. It doesn't look like the bargain bin at KMart either. Really. I swear.

Connie said...

Super cute!

We are working with a small real tree...and our favorite ornaments are too heavy. :(

I miss my big tree.

Becca said...

Pretty decorating momma!

~Becca

the7daggetts said...

Cute!! I love the comment your son made after opening his Nutcracker. Too funny!!!
I love your ornaments and the wrapping paper. Very pretty!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
Beth.

Sabina Bint Benjamin said...

Great blog you have here (I'm still looking around), thanks for stopping by, I'm now following you. Hope to see ya more often:)

Brandy@YDK said...

OMG - you are one of those matchy wrapping paper people. I don't know if we can be friends.

Shawn said...

Arrgghhh, I'll crack your nuts! I'm dying!!!

Love it all, the jingle bells fro raffia are brilliant!

Liz said...

It looks great! I think your tree is very cute!