It’s incredibly hard to believe that we’re just days away from Christmas! I decorated my house for the holidays right after Halloween, and it still doesn’t seem like I’ve had enough nights to sit and enjoy the twinkling lights of our tree and garland in the living room. Can there really ever be enough time to take in the joy and magic of this time of year?
Today I’m sharing my home lit up in the evening as part of the Christmas Nights Tour hosted by my friend Rachel, from Maison de Pax. If you’re stopping by from French Country Cottage, welcome! Isn’t Courtney’s home gorgeous?! Her elegant French style is so, so good!!!
There’s just something so special about these December nights. My daughter, who is finally old enough to really settle in and watch the classic holiday movies, and I have been really snuggling up and taking advantage our our twinkly, cozy living room.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I was really committed to stepping up my Christmas tree game this year. I’d say that in past years I’ve been scoring in the C+/D- range of tree decorating. This year, I’m giving myself a solid B+ for my Christmas tree decorating efforts. I’ve come a long way, but there is always room for growth!
Nestled under the tree you can see our basket of wrapped Christmas books. One of our favorite holiday traditions is the Christmas book countdown. My daughter unwraps one Christmas book each night in December. We have so many holiday classics that we look forward to reading each year.
Our living room always looks pretty (if I do say so myself), but it’s the prettiest during the holidays.
This holiday season has been a very good one, but we’ve been through some very rough holidays in the recent past. We’ve lost three pregnancies, and two of the losses occurred right at Christmastime in 2016 and 2017. For each of our three lost pregnancies, I hang a set angel wings on our tree. It isn’t meant as a sad reminder, but as a little acknowledgement of the three angles that I believe are watching over our little family. These angel wings are especially beautiful as they catch the evening lights on our tree.
I used some pretty champagne-colored ribbons to tie the mantel garland on each end. I can’t believe how elegant it makes the entire mantel look.
What would a holiday lights tour be without some pretty Christmas light bokeh? 😉
Three bottle brush trees on either side of our large round mirror is all the mantel needs this year. With everything else we have going on, I felt a simple mantel would be best.
As the final days before Christmas dwindle away, I am really looking forward to taking in the beauty, warmth, and love of the season. Our little girl is growing up so fast, and I just want to remember the excitement and anticipation she exudes. We’re all happy, we’re all healthy, and I really couldn’t ask for much more than that.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, dear friends. I hope you enjoy the season with those who you love most of all.
The next stop on the Holiday Nights tour is my sweet friend, Jamie, from So Much Better with Age.
See more holiday homes all lit up at night…
Have a great day!