It’s just thirty-two days until Christmas.
Can you believe it?!
There were times I thought this year was never going to end, and suddenly it’s Christmastime!
After this long and often stressful year, I’m really excited for the holiday season and will definitely savor every moment with our family and friends and especially the quiet, peaceful nights in with Audley.
Today, I’m teaming up with some of our favorite bloggers for the 4th Annual Christmas Tree Blog Hop hosted by Michelle from Our Crafty Mom. You’ll have the opportunity to visit 28 talented bloggers for plenty of Christmas tree decorating inspiration, so turn up the Christmas music, grab a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and get lost in Christmas inspiration galore!
Here in our home we are crazy for candy canes.
For as long as I can remember we have decorated our home in some shape, form or fashion with a candy cane theme. It might be a tree… or two, it might be the top of my kitchen cabinets or the dining room, but ribbon or garland or ornaments or the real deal are always featured. It just “fits” us as a family. Not only have my kids come to expect it (they would be so disappointed & try to “borrow” my decor if I didn’t), but Audley wouldn’t have it any other way!
Are there more husbands out there who actually love decorating for Christmas?
This year the candy cane theme is adorning our living room tree. It’s our first Christmas season as empty nesters, so it is a great way to pretend the kids are close (all of them live out -of-state now). They will all be in and out through the season … our Marine is home for Thanksgiving/Christmas leave this week … so I want them to know it’s still home when they come to visit.
This is the second year I’ve used a flocked tree, and I really do like it. The colors of Christmas pop and smaller ornaments stand out as well. Besides, living in the south, this is the closest to a white Christmas we’ll get!
From top to bottom I tried to incorporate the joy and traditions of Christmas that are a part of our family. We bake a lot, so there are plenty of nods to hours in the kitchen cutting out cookies, whipping icing, and indulging in fabulous holiday treats.
Audley and I tucked in ribbon and marshmallows and gingerbread and springy things all around our ornaments to create a full and festive tree.
Our tree incorporates twenty-six years of ornaments collected from all six states we’ve lived in (14 moves total) to carefully chosen floral picks and ribbon plus a few whimsical elves tumbling down the side, I can tell you just about everywhere we lived as we hang specific ornaments on the tree; lolipops from Rome, Georgia, peppermint teardrops from Clinton, Iowa, a Christopher Radko from our time in Bridgeport, Alabama, a handpainted treasure to reember our years in South Carolina and more recently a very large Mark Robert’s Elf from living in Loganville. There are so many beautiful memories, in this candy cane themed tree. I love how it all came together this year.
This year I have a sweet addition to my decor … this adorable crate created by my youngest daughter. It’s so much fun and fits in just perfectly.
The candy cane theme is wrapped-up (pun intended) with our presents under the tree.
I just love incorporating gift wrap that compliments whatever theme we are using, and Audley does a fabulous job with a lot of our wrapping!
Buttercup seems to think it all looks perfectly delicious, and I’m a bit hungry after talking candy canes, so it’s off to grab a snack and visit all the fabulous bloggers who are sharing their holiday with us!
Check out their links below. Be sure to leave a comment letting me know you stopped by! I would love to hear from you.
Welcome To The Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop
Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers below for gorgeous holiday decorating ideas for your Christmas tree.