In the past it seemed every year as the holiday's rapidly approached I'd run out of time organizing for Christmas Day. I'd end up pulling together holiday decorations last minute and it usually involved a late night or two. I figured there had to be a better way, so when my boys were little I started involving them in the holiday decor process. I felt it was important to show them that setting up could be a process of celebration and love and that it isn't something that just happens in a snap overnight while they're asleep. It's good for them to learn to help out and of course they loved the involvement as it gave them a sense of pride and purpose to help prepare our home. To make it fun I'd turn it into a full celebration; complete with treats, hot chocolate and the perfect mood setting music. It quickly became a tradition that we all looked forward to.
Having a creamy white back drop for our staple decor elements, like the tree skirt and stockings has meant that every year we could layer in green, red, gold... or whatever theme felt right that year.
I put out an array of treats from my favorite local bakery, Crave Cupcakes.
Mixing ornaments with some fresh flowers adds a festive touch amidst the accessories that normally reside on the coffee table. This simple addition adds another layer of decor to compliment the Christmas tree. Often times floral arrangements can also be made of just greenery and will last for several weeks.
Setting up this way gets our holiday season off to the best start. After the decor is complete we all find ourselves feeling the festive spirit and enjoy spending time together in rooms that are decked in holiday trim.
This post was sponsored by Pottery Barn all styling and opinions are my own.
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