This year will be our very first Christmas in the new house. So I just couldn’t wait to decorate. I pulled out my Christmas boxes right after Halloween (if the truth be told it may have been slightly earlier). But now I have to find new spots for everything. That’s part of the fun though, isn’t it!
The Christmas tree was the first thing to go up. It’s not a real tree so we don’t have to worry about it drying out by putting it up too early. I found it at Canadian Tire of all places and the faux snow on the branches is so pretty. It’s not very big but it’s charming. I found a perfect spot for it in front of our garden room so we can enjoy the twinkly lights through the windows no matter where we’re sitting.
I really enjoyed going through all of the Christmas boxes and finding treasures I haven’t seen in two years. Some decorations have been passed down from family and some are newer gifts from friends. Others mark special occasions. For example, this lovely ornament from The Old Monterey Inn was a memento from the Owners of the Inn on our anniversary trip there 7 years ago.
Some of the best ornaments we have were salvaged from table arrangements and wreaths at the end of the previous holiday season. These have made great tree ornaments. They nestle right into the branches and you don’t need to use hooks for them.
TIP: If you’re looking for decorations on a shoestring budget, you can always find cool pinecones and faux berries in discarded seasonal items at the local Thrift Shops. You can deconstruct them and use the good bits to create a fresh new piece, or use them as I did on your Christmas tree.
Local boutique gift shops are also a great place to find unique Christmas decorations. They usually carry items handcrafted by local artists like me. That’s where I found the beautiful birds (pictured below). They look so real. These were definitely a spur of the moment purchase and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled to find a few more. The sparkly beaded icicles (pictured below) were made by my Grandmother and look fabulous on the tree!
In addition to getting the tree up, I also put up my giant wreath on the door (pictured below). I got it years ago at Costco and as you can see it fits perfectly at the new house.
Now, for a bit of fun! Every year I like to get together with friends and do something creative like a wreath making workshop. Usually, we’d go to a local florist workshop to make something creative; but, really it was just an opportunity to get together and into the holiday spirit. Now that I’m living in a brand new community, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to continue the tradition since I don’t know too many people here yet. Luckily, I have a fabulous neighbour who agreed to join me for a wreath making workshop at Wildflower Mercantile (a lovely woman-owned gift shop in downtown Courtenay). What do you think of our handiwork?
Last but not least, we invited a few of our neighbours over for an afternoon of holiday fun with homemade Christmas treats, savoury appies, and some punch. But, I wanted the house to smell good; so I got some bundles of cedar and white pine boughs, grabbed some floral wire from the local hardware shop, and created some garlands to drape on the living room and kitchen mantles.
It sure feels like Christmas! And although I miss sharing the season with family and friends who now live farther away, I look forward to making memories and starting new traditions with new friends.
Happy Holidays Everyone!