What a whirlwind it’s been for our little family these past few weeks! I feel as though I’m still getting resettled from our trip back to Virginia to visit with my family for Thanksgiving. It was great getting home to see family and be able to spend some time with our friends since we don’t get the opportunity to visit that often. Besides, I probably ate a good 3 full plates of food so I know this baby has been well fed!
Since returning we both have been busy getting back into the swing of things at work. For me, it’s been a Christmas whirlwind and there’s no sign of slowing as we approach our Christmas break here in a little over a week. However, I feel so blessed to work at a Christian school where our love for Jesus can be openly shared and celebrated during the holidays. My kids are working on a nativity story where they wrote the script and on Monday they’ll begin shooting the video to make it into a little movie. I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with!
But, back on track…today I am excited to share a little peek into our home this holiday season and share with you the traditions we’ve started and are eager to share with our little one that will be arriving in the new year. Feel free to stop on by my post from last year sharing some of our holiday-themed date nights and traditions as newlyweds here! There may or may not have been multiple Christmas cookies eaten during the writing of this post.
Living in a one bedroom apartment I don’t have the space or storage for what my inner Christmas interior designer would love to do with our home for the holidays. However, it’s easy to decorate any room with just a little bit of creativity. We don’t have a fireplace or a mantle, which doesn’t allow for me to hang or display holiday odds-and-ends.
[Wall Candles: World Market (similar)]
The last few years we’ve opted for a fake Christmas tree since the care for a real one is a bit more than we want to deal with. Also, we tend to travel around the last weeks of December so we wouldn’t even be home to fully enjoy having it. This year I found Scent-Sicles, which give our fake tree a real tree scent of Douglass Fir and it’s been our best find yet! It really gives our living room that scent of Christmas without the use of candles (even though we have them).
These stockings are for decoration only at the moment (via Target), but I do plan on stuffing them as Greyson grows up and understands the traditions of Christmas.
[Stockings: Target] [Chalkboard Stocking Hook: Target]
Also, this year I love that I found a mini-stocking just for Greyson! We are so excited for his arrival and can’t wait to celebrate his first Christmas next year.
Last year we officially kickstarted our #verydanielxmas and one of the traditions we’ve begun is selecting new ornaments to decorate our tree with that represent moments or experiences of that year. When we were in Hawaii to celebrate our first year of marriage (and quite possibly where Greyson was conceived), we stopped by this soap and candle shop and saw these handcrafted wood ornaments. The rooster is Kauai’s unofficial symbol considering all the free-range chickens roaming around the island and we knew we had to pick this ornament up and I’m so glad we did…even if it was June at the time!
[Book: Target] [Holiday Lamps: Target Dollar Spot] [Tree Skirt: Marshall’s]
While roaming Target, my favorite pastime, I stumbled upon this storybook and thought it was adorable and the perfect addition to under our tree. Currently we don’t wrap gifts for under the tree so it tends to be a little bare under there. So, while walking around I thought it would be fun to pick up this children’s book, Santa’s Sleigh Is On Its Way To California (they have books for all states!). It shows Santa visiting all the different locations throughout California (no Ventura, whomp whomp) and I will love reading this to Greyson in the coming years.
Side note, I love the idea of selecting a new Christmas book each year for him to open on Christmas Eve that we can read together as a family.
[Throw: Pottery Barn] [Pillows: TJ Maxx] [Grey Pillows: Ikea]
I love these pillows from TJ Maxx! I wanted new decorative, but comfy, pillows for our living room and these guys are the perfect fit for our home. Even the husband loved them and wants to keep them out year round!
P.S. did anyone know that you can order TJ Maxx online?! Mind seriously blown!
This year I thought to add a mistletoe to our traditions and currently we have it hanging on the entrance of our kitchen, a place where we spend most of our time. It’s been fun sneaking more kisses in to our daily routine!
[Rustic Magazine Basket: World Market]
I was eager to do a little more decorating in our kitchen this year for the holidays. I remember seeing a few ideas on Pinterest that I always wanted to try and I’m so happy to be able to pull it together this time around. I purchased ribbon from Michael’s for our card display (which should be arriving soon!) and with the leftovers I decided to decorate our cabinets!
I love the little pop of festivity with the addition of my fake garland along the top of our cabinets. I’ve debated on whether or not I like just the one piece along the center or go ahead and buy a second strand so it extends the full length of our cabinets.
What do you think will look best?
One of our favorite traditions as a family is making and decorating sugar cookies. I use this recipe every year and purchase whipped cream icing and use food coloring to make decorating festive and fun! Add a few sprinkles with your favorite Christmas music playing in the background and you’re set to go! This is another fun activity we can’t wait to begin with our little one.
Another fun tradition in the decorating game is gingerbread houses! Last year we did a simple and traditional gingerbread house and this year I found a manor at World Market! It was a bit frustrating to assemble, but so much fun to decorate and a great time to do it with the hubs (as you can tell who gets really into it, haha).
Santa Paws is coming to town! So excited to get a photo of Murphy with Santa ???? #santapaws #christmas #doxie #dogsofinstagram A photo posted by Kelly | Primarily Inspired (@kjdaniel1) on
Aaaand…before leaving today I just had to share this adorable photo of our Murphy-dog with Santa Paws. Feel free to judge us openly about taking our pup to see Santa, but I am not ashamed whatsoever. It was his first time and I’m not quite sure how Santa felt about our wiggly little guy, but he makes his fur-mama so happy!
That’s our little humble abode and I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our home for the holidays! I can’t wait to see the other home tours and see what everyone does to celebrate the holidays! How do you decorate your home and what are your favorite holiday traditions with your family?
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