Have you ever had that perfect farmhouse Christmas vision where you’re super organized, lists are made, rooms are decorated, and you just whiz right on through the season? Yeah, me either.
This year, I had every intention of showing you how I flocked my tree with real flock on FB Live, and talked about my perfect super simple decorations, and my ultra minimal faux mantel – within the first few weeks of December.
Somewhere between the-weekend-we-cut-our-tree (Thanksgiving) and marathon-of-Amazon-Prime-deliveries, my plans went awry.
Y’all, when I opened those bins of decorations, candles, nicknacks, garlands, and erroneous Christmas junk, I was so overwhelmed. Those bins sat neatly stacked in the corner for a few days (5) before I dared to open them. I chose a few favorite pieces and banished the bins to the basement. The thought of having to un-decorate surfaces, and then re-decorate while I un-decorate after the season, gave me hives.
The look I typically go with is farmhouse and casual, mixed with whatever crafts my kids lovingly made at school. Last year I thought was minimal, but this year takes the cake on minimalism in both effort and decor pieces. I needed a minimal, clean, neutral and natural look, save for my red ticking stripe pillows, Target garland, and the fresh cut greenery all over. Everything else is cream or a pinecone.
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Whatever didn’t fit this vibe, stayed in the bin. So basically, it all stayed in because last year was buffalo checks. All I scooped up for decorations this season were our 2 Christmas trees (one big, one little for the kids…but do they really count as decorations?), flock (which I have 3/4ths left for the next 32 years of flocking), colored lights for their treehouse/club house/swing set we built, a wooden nativity set, and a few packs of bottle brush trees, a white house, banners, and a few cute seedling trees from Target dollar spot. Pretty sure I’m all-in around $40, minus the Christmas trees.
My minimal farmhouse Christmas to do list included things like:
– pretty birch logs fill tree bucket, extra cubbies
– purge bins
– decorate shelves
– TV table trees
– print holiday photos and printable for frames
– simplify mantle
– hang garland and bunting on door
– stockings and garlands
– flock tree
– logs on porch baskets
– add bows to porch post garlands
– set table in dining room
– add juniper to galvanized buckets
– make bottle tree snow jars
– pom pom garland for tree
– blog about this in early December
Whatever is crossed off, is what I did. Full disclaimer, I put juniper and fir branches in the buckets this morning before writing this. This list is officially not getting done. Usually this would bother me, but it’s not.
Christmas will come if there are no bows on my porch. Christmas will come if I don’t have pom poms on the tree. Christmas will come if there are no birch logs.
Christmas will come. It comes, and it goes. If you find yourself getting swept up in the lists, and find yourself stressing should you fall behind, remember sweet friends… Christmas will come. Give yourself permission to not get it all done. Give yourself grace to cut some things off the list. Christmas will come, no matter what.
I’m going to erase a lot of the undone off my list, and enjoy the season.
Merry Christmas sweet friends!