So this year, the first day of decorating consisted of getting the cut tree up and decorated. I forged ahead with the mantel, ran into a mental block, and decided to wait until Monday (when Hobby Lobby was open) to finish it up.
|No matching stockings here...|
It took a while to come up with a look I liked, but I'm more-or-less happy with it. I especially like the Santa Hats, an idea I snagged from Thrifty Decor Chick.
|Aren't they cute?|
I decided to add my own twist to her crafty idea and left a little extra fabric at the top. I let it flop over, added a silver bell and a bit of fur trim. Other than the blister on my finger from the hot glue gun, it was a relatively easy craft!
|My kitchen tree|
Day 5 Mr. Official's UT tree. All orange (with a bit of black and white), all the time.
Day 6: Miscellany. The dining and living room get a few extra pieces added, as does the den.
Day 7: The house is officially ready for Christmas. The cards are ordered, so now it's on to baking and candy making, mailing our Christmas greetings, finishing up the shopping, and then waiting for St. Nick to bring me that Macy's store. (Wonder how he's gonna get THAT down the chimney?)