Our banister is decorated with red and green garland and a silver bow. This is right by our front door so the decorations can be seen as soon as guests arrive.
The coffee table is full of Christmas scented candles, some snowman decorations with photos from Christmases past, and a new addition to our decorations.
I saw some friends post pictures of this little tree and I told Sean that we had to find one. After some Google-ing, we found them at CVS. I love that it is the centerpiece of the coffee table, reminding us about the reason for the season. (That's what I always think of when I think of a Charlie Brown Christmas.)
The fireplace is the centerpiece of our living room so it makes sense that we would have that be the focal point of our decorations. The tree is full of Hallmark ornaments that my mom has been collecting for me since I was a small child. I love looking back on life events through those ornaments.
We usually hang the wreath from the front door but it gets smushed by the screen door. I like it better on the mantle with the garland. You can see on the edges of the mantle the cards from our kids that we sponsor through World Vision. They are last Christmas' cards and we have left them up all year. It makes us happy to think of our little Lennie and Henrry.
This is another new addition to our home this year. We bought it at the Christmas Market last weekend. (We talked about that Monday on our Weekend Shenanigan recap.) I loved that the bows of the reindeer were a polka dot ribbon, their facial expressions are so cute, and it helps balance the fireplace with the tree on the other side.
Finally, once the decorations were all up, it was time for Alex's annual Christmas portrait. This year we had trouble making him sit still (usually it isn't a problem), but a few of his favorite treats seemed to fix that.
Merry Christmas Decorating everyone!!