Hi friends, welcome back and come on in for a holiday home tour! Nothing puts me more into the spirit of Christmas than decorating the home and having the Christmas tree and garland lit at night. Before we begin, you should know that this post is best viewed listening to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” alongside a hot Christmas beverage and a balsam pine scented candle. This is our fourth Christmas in our current apartment (I couldn’t believe it either!), and it’s my favorite setup yet. I went back and reread my 2018, 2019, and 2020 tours and it makes me so happy seeing the tree fill up with ornaments and memories year after year.
We will start the tour with my favorite spot to decorate, the entrance table. At night the lanterns and trees glow and it’s so pretty and cozy! We got these crystal trees as a wedding gift, and I have patiently waited since April to put them out ha. Such a special gift!
Our stockings not quite hung by the chimney with care, but that’s NYC high-rise living 😉
I’ve always wanted a Santa collection of my own, and last year I bought these two Santas to add my collection. I had to get one with dogs and I loved this Letters to Santa mailbox. Maybe once I have a house I’ll add one every year, but this is a good start for now. In between the Santas I have a special crystal bowl from Jon’s Situ that I filled with pinecones.
Moving onto my tree… I finally have a tree skirt but still have NYE headbands at the top ha! I love my tree skirt because it’s the one I grew up with on my tree and my grandma made it. Hopefully I can pass it on one day 🙂
This year I decided to start decorating around noon one day, and I always save the tree for last because it’s my least favorite part of decorating. I put the pieces together and plugged it in (it’s a pre-lit tree) and only 20% of the lights worked. I felt a bit like Clark Griswold ha! I had to run back to target and buy lights and try and salvage my tree. Anyone else’s pre-lit tree give out on them? My conclusion is that the next tree I buy will not be pre-lit.
Our new ornaments for the year.
My garland also gave out on me this year. I thought something was wrong with my outlets, but sadly the garland had given up after three years of non-stop use. Luckily, I had a spare for our bedroom I could use instead or I wouldn’t have felt so holly jolly.
Behind the tree on the window ledge I have a letters to Santa mailbox, sled, and vase filled with pinecones. I was hoping TJs had some nice evergreen branches, maybe one day when I go back for my holiday haul 🙂
This window I keep simple with a metal tree with nostalgic ornaments.
This window I have a tree and gingerbread train that I brought with me when I moved from Michigan ha! My mom let me have the gingerbread train and it’s one of my favorite decorations.
Dog pillows to add some fun to the couch.
This JOY light up sign is one of my favorite additions this year. I got it at target, and it’s not the best quality (I had to tinker with the switch), but I love it!
My little coffee bar area. I have so many Christmas mugs, but this stack is fun to have out.
Onto my favorite window to decorate and the hardest one to photograph. I have my Christmas countdown and more Santas. I also keep our Trader Joe’s chocolate advent calendars here. Grab one while you can, they’re only 99 cents!
My candy bowls and snowman spoon rest.
My little vase filled with peppermints and a Merry Christmas sign.
Lastly, some fun wine glasses I got from Etsy and my Santa plates. The larger ones I got last year so I was excited to put them out.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the holiday home tour!! Make sure to check out my Christmas Bucket List and play along 🙂 Do you like to decorate your house too?