It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Steve and I counted last night… we have moved 7 times in the last 5 years. At each new place, we knew it would be temporary. First, we were in Iowa finishing school, then we moved back home and were renting. So we’ve never felt like we’ve had our own place and because of that, we’ve never really gotten into decorating. We’ve paid monthly for a storage unit for the last 2 years and most of our decor things were kept in there.

As some of you know, we finally have a house… our house… we’ve finally moved for the last time in a long, long time (knock on wood). I started decorating two days after Thanksgiving and I feel so ahead of the game! Most gifts have been bought, a lot of them already wrapped and under the tree, advent calendars homemade for Ryan…. check it out 🙂

I bought super cheap ball ornaments at Walmart and glued magnets to the back… viola! Festive fridge! Just don’t put them too low, in the reach of your children 😉

My homemade advent calendar! I’m in love with this. There are 25 squares for Dec. 1 – 25 and each one has a fun, family activity written on the back that we get to do each day. If you’re interested, I can write another post about how to make this.

Ryan made these! Okay, I guided his hand for the green Christmas tree part… but for the rest I really let him at it. I showed him how to dot on the berries with his finger and told him where to put the paintbrush for the trunk and star stencil… that’s why there are splotches and streaks in random places 🙂 But he’s SO PROUD of these! I made a few more to use as family gifts, too.

You can’t have Christmas without Poinsettias! So far we have two… one of them is massive that Steve bought at his work for a charity fundraiser… I’d like to collect some more 🙂

I saw this online somewhere… probably Pinterest… and re-created one for Ryan. You add a cotton ball to Santa’s beard for each day in December until Christmas–when his beard is full and he finally comes to visit our house!

Don’t mind our unfinished Christmas tree, haha. We still need to put our ornaments on! I did hang candy canes, but Ryan kept grabbing them and breaking them and leaving them around the house so Steve moved them all to one lovely spot at the top of the tree 🙂

And we don’t have a mantle on our fireplace, so I got that cool stocking stand to hang them on.

What does your home look like?! Any fun craft ideas?

23 comments to It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

  • Sonya Morris

    I love the stocking holder! We have a mantle and with the stocking hung on it, it looks crowded! That Pinterest is addicting but there are sooo many great ideas! Hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

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    babydickey Reply:

    Thank you, you too! And yea, that stocking holder was the perfect solution, I love it!

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  • Janelle

    I love the advent calendar- I’m interested in what are the 25 activities. I can think of about 5, and then I’d have to repeat! But the same thing goes for ideas like, “52 reasons I love my husband,” I can think of about 5, and then it’s… I love you because, well, just because!

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    babydickey Reply:

    Haha, I did lots of googling for ideas to fill the 25 days… I’ll whip up another post with my list!

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  • I LOVE the Santa bread idea! Maybe I’ll do that today and just add some cotton balls for the days I missed!

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    babydickey Reply:

    Yea definitely! M won’t know the difference 🙂 I started mine a couple days late.

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  • courtney b

    how festive! i LOVE it!

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    babydickey Reply:

    thank you! 🙂

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  • Heather

    Love the Christmas spirit!

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  • FUN projects! Going to go pin at least one now… 🙂 I really dig the magnets idea and am DEFINITELY going to do the hand print tree. Sebastian is really into hands right now and loves to show off the hand print art we made when he was 10 months old. Is there any specific paint you recommend?

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    babydickey Reply:

    Thanks! 🙂 I used acrylic paints – because they dry quickly!

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  • I LOVE the ornaments on the fridge. SUPER cute!
    Kas

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  • I love the Santa beard idea SO much! I am going to make sure to do this next year right after Thanksgiving! How fun!!!

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