Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sprinkling Christmas Spirit Around My Home

In light of recent events it seems silly to be posting about Christmas decor.  Over these last few days as I walk around my home, lighting candles, illuminating the tree, the following verse keeps coming to mind.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  
                                                                John  3:16 

I've been clinging to the peace that comes from knowing the child once born in Bethlehem is still among us now.

You already know that my goal this year was to keep it simple.  So I sprinkled little bits of Christmas spirit around my home the week after Thanksgiving and have been enjoying the simple displays all season.

Starting with my kitchen mail center.

I turned last years JCrew gift bag (I kept it for this very reason) into seasonal art.

Just for fun I papercliped some instragram photos to the lampshade on my new Ikea lamp.

I might leave them up all year long.

So, the mail is sorted in the kitchen and then the cards get displayed in the family room.

I strung some twine around the lampshades and have been using paper clips to display the cards as we receive them.

I replaced the black and white photos I usually have displayed here with some special Christmas pictures and handmade ornaments.

I used wrapping paper to dress up the clothespins.

My nativity this year is a pennant banner I made with wooden nativity ornaments and a thrifted scarf.

On the other side of the room I filled a couple hurricanes with mini mercury glass ornaments.

In the dining room a simple bowl of ornaments is the centerpiece. 

I added gold glittery snowflake ornaments to the black and white striped lampshades

You've already seen the nail polished pinecones

Last but not least I added a few bows to the gallery wall. 

These simple displays have warmed our hearts and have helped my family and I to focus on the real reason for the season. 

How did you deck your halls this year?

*Linking up at A Thoughtful Place


  1. i love it all and love how your kids art and so many simple things are incorporated. i LOVE the bows on the gallery wall- that is so fun!

  2. It's perfect Carmel!! I love all of your simple & sweet Christmas decor!

  3. I absolutely LOVE the nativity banner!!! Where did you find the nativity cutouts? I love your style and love seeing the new ideas!

    1. I bought them at Marshalls after Christmas last year for about $3.00! I've always found that they have the best stuff after Christmas!

  4. Such sweet and fun touches. Yes. . .so hard to focus on anything other than the big picture right now. I love the photos that you clipped to the shades. May have to borrow that. Thanks for linking up!

  5. love that you framed an old shopping bag - so simple and it looks great! also loving the look of the gold snowflakes against the black and white lamp shades!

  6. Love your touches! They are so precious and beautiful!

  7. I love it all!!! Every little minor detail makes such a huge impact! :) How do you print your instagram pictures? At home?

    1. I've only used Persnickity Prints but there are tons of companies that print them. And there are lots of deals out there right now!

  8. Your home is just beautiful! I love the little gift wrap clothespins!

  9. "...for God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."

    John 3:17

    Praise the Lord!

  10. Your home looks gorgeous, Carmel...so are those pics of your precious babies!!! Merry Christmas, friend!

  11. It all looks so pretty and I like the fact that it is simple...just enough Christmassy to be festive! I love the gift bows on the gallery wall.

    Merry Christmas!


  12. I got some great ideas from this; thanks! You especially provided the solution to my gallery wall dilemma...the rest of the house has Christmas everywhere and my poor wall seemed bare, but nothing I thought of seemed right. I just finished adding bows and it finally looks done! Merry Christmas!

  13. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    I am a gift to the world from Ryoma TOMODATI Japan.
    Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is you (traduzione)


Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C


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