Good morning! Today I thought I’d take a little break from autumn crafting to talk Christmas. September 15th marked 100 days until Christmas! Yay! While it may seem a little early to be thinking about Christmas, I am all about starting early to have a more relaxing and stress-free holiday!
My children are 1.5 and 3.5, so the holidays truly are magical. There are so many exciting things to do with them leading up to Christmas, from decorating the tree to helping them make little gifts for family members. In the month of December, we get together with family and friends to bake cookies and we decorate gingerbread houses. My husband and I take the kids out in their jammies to drive around looking at holiday lights. We watch our town tree lighting ceremony. We visit Santa Claus. Before we start all of these wonderful holiday activities, we decorate our home. One of my favorite parts of the season is getting all of the holiday decorations out and putting them up. It always feels like we are officially welcoming Christmas!
Our Christmas decorations are so special to me. They were a wedding gift from my mom and are replicas of the decorations I grew up with. The patchwork stockings, tree skirt and pillow wreath remind me of the wonderful holidays I enjoyed growing up and the excitement I felt when my mom hung them up.
Growing up, we always put our stockings out for St. Nick, but the tree skirt had to wait until the week before Christmas when we went to the tree farm to chop down our tree. My mom made her Christmas decorations in the 1980s. She used a 1985 Simplicity pattern for the stockings and a 1977 Vogue pattern for the tree skirt. She used the same patterns to create my decorations 30 years later.
It is so fun to see the updated versions of the decorations. The fabrics are similar yet so different. I love the traditional red and green colors.
Above are my mom’s tree skirt, stockings and pillow wreath. Below is the new wreath she made me. She bought extra yardage of each fabric so she was able to make two more matching stockings once we had children.
Most of the fabric came from our local quilting store. I love the red plaid used on the tree skirt’s ruffle. You can follow this tutorial to make your own holiday pillow wreath!
I love that these stockings, tree skirt and wreath were handmade with so much love. The tree skirt is the perfect size for our tree. I am looking forward to putting up our tree and decorating it with the kids. We haven’t been able to put up all of our glass ornaments since our kids are so little, but we have enough that are wooden and plastic. I inherited my Grandmother’s ornaments a few years ago, which makes decorating our tree really special – and emotional! One of the ornaments actually plays a message my sister and I recorded with my Grandmother when we were little.
Decorating cookies is another favorite part of the holidays that the kids are looking forward to. Bugaboo has already told me he is ready to help this year! I made a special plate for Santa’s cookies a couple years ago and he loves picking out the cookies Santa will get. Last year he was a bit stingy–as you’ll see in the photo below, he only wanted Santa to have one cookie! :)
When it comes to Christmas things, I save everything! I have a large collection of all our holiday cards I keep in a Christmas tin. I love getting them out and looking through them. Sometimes I can tell who the card is from before ever opening it! Last year I made my own Holiday photo cards. They turned out so cute, and while I loved making them, I am hoping to simplify my holiday t0-do list this year and purchase cards.
I have a few favorites already picked out from Paperless Post. Paperless Post is an online card and stationery store. You can create gorgeous custom cards that are both paper and digital. Their new holiday collection includes cards from some of my favorite designers like kate spade new york and Rifle Paper Co. I pretty much love everything from Rifle Paper Co. so I’m not surprised that I adore their new holiday cards.
Since having kids, I have started sending photo cards and am planning to do that again this year. I’m also planning to try something new and send online cards to our friends who live in other countries. I love that the online cards can be photo cards and are presented in such a special way when they are opened online. I think they will be the perfect way to make sure everyone on my list receives a card this year.
Below are a few of my favorites, you can view the entire holiday collection from Paperless Post here.
Olive Branch, Pei Design; Tall Trimmer, Felix Dolittle; Yule Blooms Square; Santa by Moonlight, Rifle Paper Co.;Merry, Bright, and Blooming, Rifle Paper Co.
I hope you enjoyed reading a little about my holiday traditions and memories! Here on the blog I usually focus a lot on tutorials and projects, but I have always enjoyed reading about how others celebrate the holidays so I thought this would be fun! You can check out my holiday crafts and get a jump-start on Christmas crafting! And if you are looking to check something off of your holiday to-do list, check out Paperless Post’s holiday card collection!
I have another round of handmade Christmas projects already in the works that I can’t wait to share with you – closer to Christmas! I’ll be switching gears next week and we’ll kick off Halloween crafting here on the blog starting with an amazing free printable!
Thank you to PaperlessPost for inspiring this blog post!