Added a little Christmas to our living room. I feel like it is similar to our Christmas last year, but then I look at photos last year and it is different. So tell me, do you change up where you put things every year? Or are you a creature of habit and place everything where you always do? I highly recommend mixing it up! That way without adding any new decor everything will feel new and fresh! I thought I would share 4 things that are Christmas Decor Must-Have’s. If you have these 4 things, it will feel festive and you will be set!
4 Christmas Decor Must Have’s-
#1- Tree (obviously)
If you can’t decide on faux or real I think it comes down to what works best for you and your family. Do you want to start a tradition of cutting down a tree or going to a tree farm and making a night of it? I love that idea. But we travel for a lot in December and I like to put my tree up early November, so a real tree doesn’t really work for us. If I didn’t have my flocked tree I would have bought THIS tree for our front room and I actually think I will do it or something new next year for sure. (Find my tree on this post)
I personally like to collect stockings and have them around not only to use at Christmas but to use for decor. Anthropologie is always my favorite place to find stockings, but they can be on the pricey side. So don’t forget to check places like TJ Maxx.
A nativity is a must-have, Christmas decor item for us. We are christians and believe we should focus on Christ all year round. But also to not lose sight of the real meaning with our kids this time of year. I love the idea finding one when you are on vacation too. We are in Ecuador right now and I have been looking at all their nativity sets for one that we love. So keep that in mind as you travel this year. (Our nativity was Wayfair a couple years ago- find similar here).
Garland is a favorite thing for me! I don’t know if it is a must-have, but it can easily make a space look extra festive. If you have a fireplace it really is easy to decorate it with a strand of garland. I like THIS faux garland. I also like that it isn’t pre-lit so you don’t see a cord. You can easily just add a strand of battery operated lights like THESE. (Find our DIY ornaments on the garland below HERE).
Our living room is really small, so even with extra Christmas Decor it can feel a little “much”. One way I combat that is to do nothing on our coffee table. Try to find ways to simplify if you start to feel like it is “too much” in your home.
I don’t like to take out any of our plants when I decorate for Christmas, because I don’t have any other spot for them and they like their home. So I try to balance out the plants and mix in some faux tinsel trees, to give more of a Christmas vibe.
Find winter art in bookcase here
In our tree I have a couple of layers before we add the ornaments. Here is the recipe to our Christmas Tree-
- I start with an extra strand of large bulb lights here (even tho our tree is pre-lit I like the look of the big bulbs)
- Then I added a thick yarn I found at Hobby Lobby. (I found some similar on Amazon here)
- And I love felt garland- I found some at Hobby Lobby that I used (I think did 4 strands- found similar here)
- Then all our ornaments go in- mostly felt and vintage ornaments I found at antique shops
- Lastly I clipped in two packages of these candle lights (mine sold out everywhere, similar here)
We just love this time of year and snuggling in this room to read scriptures and all our Christmas books (find our top Christmas book list here).
Shop the post by clicking on a photo, also go here to see our living room decorated for Christmas last year!