Not totally sure, I’ll be opening ALL my Christmas boxes this year.
Anticipating that the plaster dust will still be flying ~ if so, at least it will be a white Christmas.
My tree might even get a dusty flocking.
In case the family Christmas treasures stay nestled in their boxes until 2017, I am stocking up on some new “Christmas” decor from Antique Farmhouse.
Because I truly do not need more Christmas decor, I am choosing things that can have a life beyond 12/25.
Sharing with you what I found for holiday use and most certainly year round style so you can add, guilt free, something new for 2016 too.
If it is not just for Christmas it doesn’t really count as Christmas decor!
Don’t count your boxes this holiday season, only your blessings! Repurpose pretty things for holidays then use all year round.
For example, this metal laurel wreath is perfect for Christmas with boxwood or other greenery tucked in and the addition of a festive bow at the bottom.
Once the tree is down, slip out the greens, untie the bow and you have a stately wall hanging or simple wreath you can leave as is or decorate for the next holiday. I think it would be fabulous done right for 4th of July too!
My collection of vintage Christmas cards & other pretty euphemera will make a lovely garland dangling from these distressed clips & chain garland. Set of two $26.
Wait I just has another idea….perfect for an advent calendar! Make sure the gifts are small, wrap and attach with the clips.
After Christmas, I can use it to display my vintage hanky collection or client swatches in my office.
Pretty sure Santa will never get short changed on cookies & milk in our house, no matter how old the girls get.
We always serve him a plate piled high with cookies & a “Merry Christmas” glass filled with milk (maybe I can change that to red wine one day…) on a tray Lara made in kindergarten.
Thinking if that tray doesn’t surface soon this set of three would fill in perfectly.
The big one for Santa’s refreshments, the small one for pretty guest towels in the powder room (dreams of a powder room just danced in my head!) and the medium one will be just right for all sorts of things.
After Santa is has cleaned his plate, I’ll use the big one as an inbox to corrale the endless papers on my desk. At $24 for three ~ done!
The most Christmas-y of what I have chosen is the preserved boxwood garland. Love a garland you can use year to year and especially one you can use in more than one season.
Boxwood lends itself to all seasons, unlike pine or holly garlands that scream Christmas. I could see this garland on my mantle at Easter time, as well as the winter holidays.
Thinking out of the box this Christmas, as I will still have most of Christmas decor in boxes.
I am really loving these ideas from a decor viewpoint. Plus, less that is dedicated to holiday alone is less stuff to buy, less to keep & less to store. All good!
Do you go full blown Christmas or add it in subtly?
** Kelly **
…this post was sponsored by Antique Farm House, but my ideas, opinions & need for all purpose holiday decor is all mine!