We don’t have a big home, but I enjoy keeping our home a happy, cozy abode, especially during Christmas time. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know our house is in full-on holiday mode. I’ve been posting photos of our home, and of the little spaces within that I’ve decorated. This is my fifth Christmas I’m preparing for in my own home, with my little family, so throughout the years, my collection of decor has grown.
By day, the house looks like this: Lots of red!
Wreath on the door from our first Christmas as newlyweds; entryway-TV area with my makeshift “mantle”
I’m in favor of the traditional red, green, gold and silver theme when it comes to the decor. As for the tree, our tree is one of those slim ones meant for condos and small living areas. It’s a six-footer, and just right for us! (Though, I think I want to get a bigger one soon. Maybe next year!) I also use colored lights on our tree, since I loved my mom’s Christmas tree so much growing up, and it always had such a colorful, lively attitude because she used multi-colored lights.
This year, Vito’s made his first contribution to the tree by choosing some penguin ornaments, which I got in AC+632 a couple of weeks ago:
We’re still making a few more handmade, “mom & Vito-made” ornaments for the tree as part of his Advent craft activities, so the tree’s still “in-the-works”! We’re working on some more shiny ornaments to add to our collection. I hope to get them done — we’ll see!
I hope that as the years go by, we’ll add more meaningful memories to these Christmas trimmings. These pictures may make it look like there’s a lot going on in my house, and maybe it is for some people! But, I’m still growing my Christmas decor collection, and with it, the memories I make with my family.
Oh, here’s how the house looks like at night, which is my favorite time of the day lately! I just love the cool, calm and cozy feeling of the December evenings lately. After I finish cleaning the kitchen, mopping the floors and put Vito to bed, I like to sit out here in the living area, make myself a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and say a prayer of thanks.
I always get sentimental right about now, when the tree is lit up, the lights are dim around the house, and I’m listening to carols while writing this blog entry. It’s a feeling I know keenly, as I’ve welcomed it into my heart each year every time December rolls in. It’s a feeling that makes pray that Vito will one day look back at our Christmas decorations and photos with fond memories, just as my brothers and I look back at our childhood Christmas memories with joy.
We have many Christmases to spend together as a family, and so I pray that my son will always remember that Christmas was about coming together as a family to adore our blessed Savior. And, as we read the Christmas story with him in his little Bible (which we read daily these days!), I hope that Vito will understand the reason why Christ came to the world.
How are your Christmas decorations coming along? How are you explaining the Christmas season to your kids, too?