Deck The Halls: 2012 Edition

I’m linking up with Kelly for her Christmas Tour of Homes to show you my Christmas decor for this year. It looks a little different than last year and I’m excited to finally get it on the blog.

Last year, as I was packing up my Christmas decor, I remember thinking how nice it would be to unpack it this year in a new home. I didn’t realize that it would be somewhat bittersweet this year. I think this house just needs some Christmas memories to make it better. As the decorations went up, everything started to feel just right. We retired the tree we’ve used since the first year we were married. (Technically, it will be back next year, it’s going to be our tree for all of our keepsake ornaments, but I just didn’t put it up this year).

Instead, we purchased a 12-ft pre-light from Sam’s. And if you’re in the market for a tree, check Sam’s. I know that sounds crazy but we bought it for at least half the price of the others we were looking at.

I went with a red and green scheme, inspired by my Bronwyn Hanahan ornaments. It’s just 4 rolls of mesh, a ton of shatter proof ornaments and picks from the floral department at my local Hobby Lobby.

I’m going to let the majority of the pictures speak for themselves. I’ll break in for additional commentary from time to time. You know I can’t be quiet too long.

I included past Santa pictures on the mantel. Any excuse to put my favorite picture out for display.

Braylen’s using the same pink tree as always. I buy a personalized ornament from the same booth at Christmas Village each year. This year, she fell in love with a clay ornament made to look like Elmo. She zeroed in on it from across the room, it took me a while to even understand where she was seeing “Elmo.” So he made the cut as well. Eventually I want the tree to be only personalized/monogrammed ornaments and one day she can take them with her and use them on her own tree. If she wants to, of course.

 Hands down, my husband’s favorite Christmas decor, this Auburn plate to leave cookies for Santa.

Since I added the personalized door hanger to our front door, I put the ornament wreath on the mirror in our dining room.

I’m not kidding when I tell you I dreamed up putting a tree in the ledge in our foyer. My sweet husband climbed up to the top to make my Christmas dreams come true. Okay, that’s possibly a little dramatic but I did really want a tree up there.

And the view from outside. This picture doesn’t do it justice. This cheap, Wal-Mart tree looks so full and festive from the road.

Thanks for touring our home this holiday season. You can check out Kelly’s blog for even more decor.


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  1. Gorgeous! I love love love the decor! I dream of having a home with a ledge above the front door to put a tree up like you did! My parents built a house two years ago, and that ledge was a requirement from my mom…just for the Christmas season! So pretty!

  2. So pretty! Your tree is just stunning!
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  3. Love your 12 foot tree! Wish our house at tall ceiling so we could have a bigger tree. :) Merry Christmas and WAR EAGLE!

  4. I LOVE your trees – so gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beautiful home!
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  6. Love all of your Christmas decor!! So pretty!! We didn’t go all out this year since we didn’t know how Addie & her little hands would do, but we have been pleasantly surprised that when we say “look with your eyes” she listens rather well.
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  7. Your house looks beautiful!! Love it! :)
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  8. That tree is HUGE! I love the stockings too.
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  9. Your house is so pretty! I love all of your decorations! We are traditional red & green people over here too!
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  10. Looks awesome!!! I have been waiting to see how the tree looked from outside ever since you posted the pic on IG! Love your house!
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  11. Oh and I forgot! Our tree is also from SAMS!! So random, I love it! I really wanted a skinny tree a few years back and it was perfect. Ours 5 years old now and still has held up perfectly!
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  12. I love your Christmas decorations! They’re gorgeous, and BK’s little tree is adorable!
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  13. Your home looks so stunning! It should be on a house tour!
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  14. Love the Santa on your front door!

  15. Your decorations are stunning, as is your house! I LOVE the tree in the window – so pretty!
    PS We bought that tree at SAM’S 3 years ago and it’s held up great – love it!

  16. Oh girl, I wish we lived closer! We bought that same tree from Sam’s 2yrs ago for our old house because it had those cathedral ceilings. Then we had to turn around and buy a shorter one this year for our new house and that brand new 12ft one is just sitting in the attic!

    Everything looks gorgeous!

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