The holiday season is one of the most blissful times of year.
It's the season of celebration, of family and friends, of gift exchanges, of hugs and love, and mistletoe. It's the culmination of a year gone by and the birth of a new one. It's this time of year that allows, even if only symbolically, the chance to start anew, resolve the past, and celebrate the things we hold most dear. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or anything in particular, you can still let the spirit of the season into your home with a few festive winter decorations that will warm the hearts of anyone who enters the walls in which you dwell.
Here's how we brought the spirit of the season into our home this year.
Holiday decorating allows us the opportunity to express our inner joy. We get to be creative and have fun with the interior decor of our home in a way not afforded by nearly any other season. This year in keeping with my fall theme for a Rustic Thanksgiving, I continued my rustic theme into our winter/Christmas decorations.
Over the years we have collected an assortment of ornaments that are a mix of reds, greens, gold, and white. Our tree is adorned with warm white lights, strung gold beads, glittery snowflakes, red and green glass mercury bulbs, vintage wooden ornaments, seasonal characters like snowmen, penguins, Saint Nick, and angels (not all pictured), as well as a variety of colored bulbs of various shapes and sizes. This year we decided to go with simplistic brown paper packages tied up with strings for our holiday gifts tucked under the tree.
A Rustic Winter Centerpiece
Transforming our Thanksgiving centerpiece into a Christmas one was actually a very simple task. I simply switched out the tabletop runner and place mats, dried corn, pumpkins, acorn squash, and turkey candle holder; for red place mats and a winter table runner, an assortment of pine cones, mini-red ornaments, and vintage reproduction figurines of Santa Claus and a Snowman.
All other elements remained the same; the assortment of glass vases holding the vanilla pillar candles and mixed Fancy Nuts, the walnuts adorning the display, the dried cranberry twigs, and the curled burlap ribbons (which I places around the display instead of using to hold silverware this time around.
A Touch of Cheer Everywhere
There's something homey about the use of rustic elements in decorating. Rustic decor creates an environment of warmth and reassurance. Maybe it's the incorporation of nature and well-living pieces within the design, or maybe it's the memories those elements conjure in us. Either way, it's a fantastic theme for any holiday. Above I decided to add some holiday cheer to our collection of ceramic dishes using red stung beads, holly freshly cut from the tree in our yard, pine cones, red miniature bulbs, and a mixture of fruit and nuts.
Creating a rustic themed decor can be easily achieved by mixing the use of natural colors and elements (such as sprigs of foliage, fruit and nuts, burlap, wood, neutral linens, brown wrapping paper, and twine), with vintage pieces and the traditional colors of the season (such as red and green - for Christmas; blue and white - for Chanukah; and white and silver - for Winter in general). It's a simple and fantastic way of creating a warm and lived-in environment, that will have your home feeling cheerful and warm all season long.