Hey friends! Was your weekend full of the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas? Or did you spend a peaceful weekend reflecting on the joys and blessings of the season? Whatever your weekend was like, I hope it was a good one! I spent my Saturday shopping for the rest of the gifts we needed to get, but still didn’t finish up. And then yesterday was a very special and blessed day, and something wonderful happened in the lives of my children that I have been praying for. I’m not exactly ready to talk about it on the blog yet, but yesterday was so full of joy and happiness, and all felt right with the world for a few hours for our family. And what better time of the year to have a day like that then during the Christmas season? There is a small part of our living room decorated for Christmas that I have not shared yet on the blog, so I wanted to share it today. This is the little area right at the top of our stairs as you turn left to enter the living room area. As you top the stairs you will see a sofa table and a bookcase, and I always like to make it look festive because this is one of the first impressions people get when they visit.
I found this vintage inspired truck at Target, and there was no question, I had to have it! What is it about that vintage inspired cars and trucks that is so irresistible? Maybe it’s the nod to Christmas past or just fond memories of the days of yore, but I have totally jumped on the bandwagon with it. There was also a vintage inspired camper that you can hitch to the back of this truck, but I restrained myself because I knew the mister wanted me to stop spending money, ha! I did link to the camper as well below this next picture, just in case you have to have it!
This truck even has a little wreath on the front. I actually bought the NOEL marquee sign on the day after Christmas last year at Target, and we decided to make it the backdrop to the sofa table decor. We had a hard time hanging it, and I resorted to nails in the wall. I have a feeling I am going to regret that decision in a month or so when I have to pull out the spackle and paint, oops! We have lovingly referred to our display as our tree farm, and we scattered a mix and match of different trees around. And of course we had to add in some deer and a moose to be roaming around the tree farm. The deer have been collected over the past few years. I added a bit of plaid flannel ribbon around my Moose’s neck to keep him warm.
This Santa is actually something that I made for my ex mother in law probably 24 years ago. Back then, my aunt and I used to attend a ceramics class, and I painted this myself. I wish there were still ceramics classes to attend, I had a lot of fun doing this! Anyway, she gifted it back to me this year for my birthday, and I was so happy to have it! I also made a ceramic Christmas tree in that class that had the little bulbs you stick into it and it lights up. I wish so much that I had kept it because I have seen a few of them around lately, and I would love to have mine back. Both of the Thermos you see pictured are thrift store finds. And the vintage Life magazines were a gift from my husband last Christmas.
I love to add a little bit of fresh pine throughout my home at Christmas, and I bought a bunch of it at the grocery store for $4.99 this year. I added a little of it in the basket on the bottom shelf here. I also used it to drape around my lights in the kitchen, but I haven’t even photographed my kitchen with the Christmas decor yet. I need to get on that, don’t I?
This is the bookcase that I mentioned earlier that sits at the top of our stairs. The artwork atop of the bookcase is a free printable that I printed out as a subway print last Christmas, and it is making an encore this year. This is a painting done by Lucy at Craftberry Bush, and isn’t she so talented? You can print one out for yourself by clicking here. The book paper trees on the second shelf were a DIY project a few years ago, and I still really like them!
I have a few snow globes that I have collected over the years, and it is such fun to pull them out each Christmas. And the kids love to see them around as well. My metallic deer head also got a warm winter scarf using a bit of plaid flannel ribbon. The milk and cookie plate and mug has been with us since my daughter’s first Christmas and that is about 20 years. It is Lennox, and I guess you can say it’s vintage now too! The backing on the bookcase is wrapping paper. I did this project a few years ago, and still like the way it looks. But I think it might be on it’s last legs, it is starting to show some wear, so I may need to find some more cute wrapping paper to add. What an inexpensive way to change up shelves though! I tacked the burlap sack onto the side of the bookcase in the Fall, so I kept it for Christmas and just added a strand of red berries for a festive look. Red is my favorite color, so I love adding pops of it around at Christmas.
I am so happy that you joined me here today, and I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the rest of my Christmas living room! To be honest, right now it is a mess full of boxes that have been shipped and need opened and wrapped. I had better get on that! I will leave you with this picture of my family that is going to be gracing our Christmas card this year. As the children get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to get all of us together at one time. But I am so thankful for those moments when we can all be together. We decided to all wear Christmas sweaters this year, and it was very cold and drizzling out the day we took this. We had planned it to be outside, but we were forced to take cover. This was taken outside of our beautiful church. This is our first Christmas with our new puppy, so it is a special picture. His name is Tyson (Chicken Nugget), in case you are wondering, and we put a Christmas sweater on him too!
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