December 11, 2013

repeat performance or keeping it fresh

I've been slowly working on getting my house Christmas ready and one of the things that keeps a pep in my step for this yearly ritual is the idea of mixing it up. What will I do with the mantel this year? What type of tree should we get? Lights outside or not?

Sneak peak of my mantel from Instagram

I don't find it stressful, I find it comforting. It is almost as if I'm adding another layer of warmth just as it gets extra frigid outside. It gets me in the spirit and sparks special memories and traditions. (Cue the Hallmark movie cheese ball music)

What about you? Do you put everything in the same place every year? Do you clear the decks and start fresh each year? Do you have any weird traditions or items that you must do/pull out before it feels like the holidays have started?

And don't forget to catch today's feature on the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes. I've listed the first three homes below.

Day 1 - Evolution of Style
Day 2 - Shine Your Light
Day 3 - Dixie Delights


Happy Wednesday!

22 comments:

  1. I agree, Elizabeth. I mix it up every year. I do similar things and some things don't change (always get a boxwood wreath for my front door and the mirror in my dining room), but most everything else gets tweaks. Even our tree has gotten a really colorful, almost childlike update (we don't do "themed" trees). Love seeing everyone's decorations and can't wait to see yours in full force!!

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  2. I mix it up but for my main tree I have my fave ornaments that go on every year.

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  3. I could not bear to put everything in the same place year after year. This year I used a hot pink moire fabric as a tree skirt so I made the rule of no red ornaments on the tree. One little Santa snuck onto the tree and my little one is having fits because there is red on the tree. That's my girl.

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  4. I always change up! In fact, I wrote a post on my Christmas trees over the years (which I will be posting tomorrow) and realized despite some changes I make on my tree, in general, I still do everything the same way! I do however move the tree around my house, so far no repeat on the tree spot yet! I also like changing color schemes if I can> :-)

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  5. I thought I'd rely on my usual color scheme (classic red, white and green) but this year I've mixed it up and gone with silver and gold (with all the pretty greenery) and I love the change. It feels so fresh and new.

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  6. With finances tighter than usual this year, my goal was to decorate with what I had and not purchase any new decorations (besides fresh wreaths). The challenge was to use the same items but in different ways to mix things up. My decorations are simpler this year, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. Elle

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  7. i am with you- i love decorating! and i love to change it each year simply because it is fun.

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  8. I mostly do the same thing with a few changes every year. The Christmas decor is an investment in my mind. I have to think about all the years I'll use it in order to justify buying : )

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  9. Our tree goes in the same spot every year (mostly because it's the most convenient spot to put it), but I mix up the rest of my decorations. I try to use what I have, instead of buying new, but mixing it in new ways and putting things in different places. I was just commenting to my husband last night how much I love having the house decorated for the holidays. It adds so much!

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  10. Changed it way up this year! Using a real...LIVE...tree with simple trimmings. My theme this year is simple and natural...and I am loving it! Although my 25yr collection of Santas that usually sit on my mantel are probably not as happy as I am...

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  11. oooh oooh ooh oh I'm loving this little sneakity peek at your mantel! So happy!!!! I can't wait to see it all, my colorful and fun friend!
    I like to change it up but there are certain things my family HAS to have. The same stockings every year. The nativity scene (I suggested spraypainting our set white and they all nearly keeled over.) The real Christmas tree is a non-negotiable in this house. Color is such a great way to change up your Christmas decor, dontcha think? I love that.

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  12. I tend to do almost all new, or at least mix things up, every year. I can't help it, I love to do it, but it also stresses me out. I find myself in the thick of it saying "why can't I be like my mother in this area and have my boxes labeled for each area of the house and get it all done in 1 day!" But that's not as much fun to me. :)

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  13. I usually try to mix it up from year to year. Same old decorations look more interesting in a different setting.

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  14. Every year I think I'm going to get all creative and mix it entirely up. But when I pull my stuff out (usually way behind schedule) I decide I'm going to use the same ol same ol and try to just use it a little bit differently. It's just not worth getting my procrastinating behind out to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and dealing with the crazy crowds. Maybe next year ;)

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  15. I'm loving the sneak peek of your mantel - such pretty colors! I like to do a little bit of both - keep a few things the same that I loved the year before but mix up the rest. I'm having a ball decorating our house this year since it's our first Christmas here and everything is new (well, 60+ years old but new to us :-)

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  16. Excited to see what you come up with! I've used the same color scheme for years and years and finally switched up this time.

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  17. I have been a little slow this year, too. My living room is almost done with some help from my kids and the Christmas tree. I will reveal my mantle on Monday. I do not have a specific plan, usually, but try to mix things up every year. It's fun! I'm sure whatever you do will be wonderful.

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  18. I love looking at holiday decor but this year I'm renovating so any decorating is going to have to happen after the walls are painted...but I'm hoping that I can still slide in some decorations before Christmas. In the meantime, I will live vicariously through you and these house tours :)

    xo Mary Jo
    http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

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  19. I pretty much change up my decor every year because I get bored with it. I try not to buy new stuff though, just use the stuff I already have in a new or different way. I found a green area in our neighborhood this year to clip some fresh greenery (hopefully they won't mind :)) from since we don't get a real tree. It made such a difference!

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