Decorating for Christmas with an eye on all things retro
I've gotten rid of a lot of Christmas stuff, and especially did a big purge when Rob moved in two years ago. I kept only the things I love, and while I've added a few wreaths in the last two years, it didn't take me long to decorate.
Probably the most time consuming thing was putting up the aluminum Christmas tree. Man, I love that thing. It's especially simple because every branch is the same length. We have enough ornaments for two trees, but are only doing one this year. Because of that, I picked out only the most funky and retro ornaments this year.
Recently, I refinished a bunch of our floors and Rob put our funky metal file cabinet (it's actually called a vertical file. Who knew?) in our bedroom. This started a furniture shuffle in which we moved our industrial file cabinet to the dining room. This provided a nice little surface on which to put my plaid-bucket Advent wreath.
I surrounded it with a vintage silver tinsel wreath this year. Inside is a larger pillar candle and four small votives. It would look more Advent-y with tapers, but I didn't have any and figured I needed to use up these candles, anyhow. I'm not a big candle-burner because our house is 90 years old and would go up like kindling if it had the chance.
On one side of the Advent wreath, I paired a few adorable little bottle brush trees I bought at the Habitat ReStore for a quarter each with a funky little clay nativity scene my mom bought in Mexico years ago when her dad lived in Arizona. She graciously gave it to me, and I love how it looks. Bonus: somehow, the cat hasn't figured out how to jump on top of the cabinet yet, so the baby Jesus hasn't been batted off and swept under the couch yet.
Above the cabinet, I added a vintage "Merry Christmas" sign, and above that, another vintage tinsel wreath, a pair of my mom's old ice skates and a red-and-white striped bow.
Probably my favorite decision this year was to put a nail above the frosted window on our bathroom barn door and add my homemade vintage ornament wreath. I have a sneaking suspicion that nail will get a lot of use. I love wreaths, so it tickles me to have a new place to put them.