Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lighten Up! (Simplify!)

This year, I've done my Christmas decorating a little differently.

Instead of pulling out every box, I went searching for things that I knew I wanted to decorate with. I knew I wanted our nativity set out -- so, I pulled out that box.  There were a couple of other Christmas boxes under it -- but, I left those on the shelf.

My approach this year has been more about making little vignettes around the house rather than thinking I have to decorate every corner, every flat surface, every wall, and every door with every single Christmas decoration that we own.

I knew I wanted only a few mugs out, and we have a rather large collection.  Typically, I take all of our everyday mugs out of the cupboard, and replace them with the Christmas mugs.  This means several trips up and down the steps to store the everyday mugs for the Christmas season.  Instead, only six mugs now grace a rectangular serving dish on the kitchen counter.  (The everyday mugs are still in the cupboard.)

Check it out:  a Christmas hot-beverage station!

On the wall, a favorite painted-chalkboard piece made by my sister.
A rectangular serving piece holds up to six mugs.

Add a pretty snow-scene jar filled with peppermint candies and teabags, and a homemade tag (made from the teabag box).

A sugar-bowl:

And an empty candle jar filled with a small string of lights and some larger red Christmas bulbs:

I'm pretty happy with the results!

What's YOUR key to Christmas decorating?

What have you done to make Christmas simpler, allowing you to be MORE in the moment this year?

A Funny Story About My Christmas Mugs:
Several years ago, my sweet hubby bought me the first four in the series of "12 days of Christmas" mugs to match my Christmas serving pieces.  The following year, he bought me the next four in the series.  The next year?  The previous sets were discontinued, and the third set in the series was never even produced.  No twelve days of Christmas for me!  Now, I can laugh.  At the time, I was incredulous that they could do such a thing!
These days, I have the EIGHT days of Christmas
MINUS TWO due to breakage.
Somehow those last four don't seem quite as important any more.


  1. I'm setting up one of these as soon as I get home. My husband would LOVE it!!!

    1. Hi Georgia! I hope you'll try the "Beverage Station" and let me know how it works out for you. I know some people have a spot like this all year round -- but I don't really have the room. At Christmas-time, I MAKE room! Have a wonderful Christmas Season!

  2. That looks like a handy arrangement with everything close at hand. It's pretty too.

  3. I like the idea that 'less is more' when I decorate. Very few things are actually for Christmas, I prefer winter decor of snowmen and snowflakes that can stay out until spring.
    Your beverage station is a good idea and I have one always at the ready on my tea cabinet.

  4. A wonderful idea, I am going to give it a try!

  5. I like your beverage station, Sally. I absolutely adore tea, coffee, and hot chocolate this time of year. I'm also doing less decorating this year. I definitely want to get to the greenhouse for poinsettias soon though.
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Good morning Sally,
    I am also decorating less this year for several reasons.
    I like your idea of setting out your mugs in the beverage station. I have a beverage station but I never thought to set out the Christmas mugs there. Great idea! Thank you for sharing this at my HOME and have a beautiful day.


  7. What a beautiful beverage station. I've downsized my Christmas decorating this year too! I'm so glad to be your newest follower, I love your blog!


  8. It all looks lovely! Have a wonderful Christmas time and enjoy every sip of it!


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