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Every year I think, this is the best year yet, when it comes to our neutral Christmas decor. And, this year is no different. This is the best year yet.
One of the things I loved most when we bought our house was the fireplace. In our previous home we had a fireplace, which was wonderful, but there was no mantle. When I walked into this home, I imagined all the Christmas decor that I couldn’t do before. It has lived up to all the hype.
I found this old window at an estate sale for $10 and I couldn’t love it more. But, it has been sitting in the garage because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I ended up just cleaning it up and I loved it on the mantle with the rest of the neutral Christmas decor.
Our engagement party last year was over the holidays, and one of my favorite parts was a hot cocoa bar. There was homemade cocoa, lots of fun toppings, and lots of booze. I made the hot cocoa sign for our party, but loved how it looked with the rest of our neutral Christmas decor.
When we were dating, Tom found me this old cool door, and turned it into this beautiful chalkboard and picture hanger. I love changing out the sayings on the chalkboard with the seasons.
We slowly add to our Christmas decor collection over the years, getting a few new pieces every year. And, ornaments along our travels. Whenever we travel somewhere together, we try to get an ornament from the place we went. Sometimes, we forget, but it’s a tradition I love and one we plan to keep going. It is so special when we are putting up our Christmas tree every year, to unpack ornaments from our trips, and remember fly fishing the Umpqua River, or watching the Red Bull races in San Diego.
Our tree this year might be my favorite ever. We went to a local Christmas tree farm and picked out the perfect noble fir. Tom loves a big fluffy tree, and I love a tree that is basically an ornament holder. The past couple years we went with big and fluffy, so this year we went with a noble fir, with long, individual branches, perfect for wrapping lights and hanging ornaments.