Despite growing up in a house that practically became a gorgeous museum come Christmas-time (thanks to the decorating skills of my mother), I keep holiday decor pretty low-key in the Hennessey household. You would think I would have inherited some of my mother's fervor, but it just isn't the case.
I don't own that many Christmas decorations, and what I do own was either bought on sale after past Christmases, or was purchased from cheap-o places like the dollar store or Big Lots.
Here is what my mantle had looked like before:
And with some garland, colored lights, stocking hangers, berry sprigs and silver trees on either end:
Oh TJ Maxx holiday clearance stockings, how I love you. We even have two tiny ones for the kittens.
And my Christmas tree is nothing special, either. A pre-lit fake one I got on Black Friday years ago. The cats LOVE THE TREE. If there are no presents underneath, they'd hang out there for hours. And the tree skirt is actually one my mom hand-made when she was pregnant with me 27 years ago, so it has mega sentimental value. It may not be the most modern or snazzy tree skirt, but I do love it.
Lily and Conn ''helping'' with the ornament hanging......
Some of my favorites:
We don't hang tinsel, or wrap the tree in strands of beads or ribbon or anything fancy at all.
And this year, my presents are wrapped in silver, light blue and light green paper. Loving it!
And arow of santa penguins on the entry-way table. :)
I moved a couple of things from my mantle to the buffet in the dining room, as well as added some new gifts from my wonderful aunts, and I must say, I am loving this set-up:
Overall, my holiday decorations are pretty boring, Maybe I'll get the energy to go way more crazy with it next year. :)
P.S. It is my secret dream to be able to do a black, white and silver Christmas tree and decor, but that would require a LOT of energy, plus a lot of money to invest in all new stuff.