I enjoy decking the halls for the holidays. I even have a tradition of watching Home Alone on my laptop while I put it all up. Kevin McCallister is wonderful company. This year, I left my decorations up until almost Epiphany, which is January 6th and the day Italians wrap up their Christmas season.
Limited to a low budget, I did initially wish that I had more decor, but after reading a few thoughts from fellow bloggers, I now feel better about my decorations. In a December newsletter, Shannon of The Simply Luxurious Life advocated in this area that less is more. Her two benefits were less time to decorate but more time to enjoy as well as being budget-friendly. In her book, A Chic and Simple Christmas, Fiona of how to be chic explains how you can choose to appreciate the elaborate displays from others, but you may elect to embrace simplicity at home. She highly recommends selecting a festive yet elegant piece you love. I wanted to share how I decorated for Christmas. The theme is mainly red and silver with accents of white and gold. Many items are old. Check out these 20 photos...
My Christmas tree with a couple of my gifts under it:
One of my Philadelphia ornaments.
A Christmasy corner in my living room.
The tealights inside these gorgeous new candle holders are scent North Pole by Yankee Candle.
My Christmasy coffee table decorations go with my regular sofa pillows.
My chic yet cheap coffee table centerpiece consisted of
little red ornaments in three glass vases
as well as little silver jingle bells in one drinking glass and bigger bells in another.
My view from my favorite spot on my sofa.
A little stocking from my college days hung on my coffee table drawer knob.
One of my end tables topped with a holiday teddy bear, a red jar candle (a rose sent by Yankee Candle), and an old candle holder acting as a candy dish of red and green M&Ms.
Ferrero Rocher chocolates on a holiday plate, a box of Rheb's chocolates from my grandfather,
and a white North Pole small tumbler candle by Yankee Candle topped my other end table.
I love this plate. It reads, "eat, drink and be very merry."
An assorted box of Rheb's chocolates.
Most of my Christmas cards on my bulletin board at my desk.
A couple of red berry stems in a vase on a shelf of my bookcase.
Branches of red berries in my beloved white pitcher make a centerpiece for my dining table.
(Read more about this Pinterest project here.)
A little sprig of red berries on my wine holder.
A towel featuring a recipe for cookies for Santa on my oven door handle
was a gift from a previous year.
A holiday plate and bowl front and center inside my kitchen cabinet.
My beautiful Christmas cards from Hallmark that I sent out for the 2015 holiday.
After Christmas, I bought a few items on clearance. I scored a couple of rolls of coordinating silver and white holiday wrapping paper and a box of white string lights for cheap.