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Kicking off the Holiday Decorating

After the whirlwind of family that hit our house this past weekend, the poor girl is looking a little rough.  And while we had a blast playing games and stuffing ourselves, the reality of laundry and dishes looms large.  Bleh.  So until I get my act together and get organized I can’t really get all the decorations out.  However, I did pick up a few things at Michaels (with the help of two lovely ladies) to kick start the holiday season.  Here’s what I’ve got so far.

This champagne colored garland we all fell in love with.  I may add some more fun stuff to the mantel, but in the meantime, we are keeping it classy!

I thought this Santa themed tin bucket would be a cute place to store mail and holiday cards on the counter.  But wham!  It’s alter ego as a festive wine bucket at parties is just waiting to get out!

And of course my holiday ornament glass jar from last week’s video, has made an appearance.  Other than that we are waiting it out until the laundry piles have vanished, along with the leftovers.  So how about it?  Has anyone else started their holiday decorating?  Any die-hards who do their tree the day after Thanksgiving? Do tell!



  1. Ashley says

    We haven’t started decorating yet…I WANT to in a very bad way!!! BUT we don’t have a tree yet =/ SO I will wait until then…maybe tonight — DEFINITELY this weekend!

  2. Cassie says

    I have fallen in love with that Santa bucket now! I have seen some gorgeous santa belly baubles this year but I adore this and could put it to a million uses!! Gorgeous!


  3. Pres. Kathy says

    I absolutely love your mantle. I always do something similar with our stockings too. I have not done anything yet. I still have to clear out our fall decorations. I am hoping to have done that done by the weekend so we can spend next week decorating! I am so excited to decorate!!!

  4. Jude says

    I’m one of those sad types who can never think that far ahead – I’m soo impressed you’ve got the mantel a trimmed and pretty. (That is also one of the cutest buckets I’ve ever seen!)

  5. Valerie says

    That santa bucket is so cute! I want one! I told myself I would decorate on Thanksgiving because my family celebrated on Saturday instead of Thursday. But that didn’t happen. I’m really hoping to put up the tree and at least start the process tonight. We’ll see if it works out!


  6. everton terrace says

    Yep. We are a day after Thanksgiving family over here but this year we went away for Thanksgiving so we are only half way done with the trees and haven’t started the rest of it yet. Love your garland makes me wish I had a fireplace.

  7. Stacey says

    I love how calm and classy your mantel looks! And that Santa bucket is a kick 🙂 I already have all my Christmas decorations up, except for the tree – and we’re getting that soon! I like to make the holiday season last for as long as possible.

  8. Heidi says

    I do love the garland! Beautiful. Do tell: how do you plan to get rid of the laundry piles??

    I’m dying to decorate but can’t wrap my head around it yet! The pumpkins did finally get trashed today, though and we’re planning to get our tree if it stops raining! 🙂

  9. Anna says

    Hahaha..Megan…I love that bucket…so adorable..and great idea for storing your fav reads. Youve done a fab job…looks very festive indeed! Hope all is well lovely x

  10. Viktoria says

    Hooray for decorating! Love the garland! I always decorate the day after Thanksgiving with a wooden Santa, little trees, green garland, and candles. I tend to be traditional with my Christmas decor.

  11. Allison says

    We haven’t even started decorating yet — I LOVE the champagne colored garland! It’s simple, and yet so chic 🙂
    Gor-geous! And that bucket is adorable (especially with the December Bon Appetit sticking out – love it!).

  12. Carole says

    Love the Santa bucket. So far, I only have a wreath on the door, but I plan to stuff a jar w/ white mini-lights (saw this on another blog) and some greens.

  13. Deanna says

    Our house is so decked out already, but MAN am I missing that Santa bucket! Although I think that it would be a champagne bucket that would only moonlight as a magazine holder… 🙂

  14. style'n says

    Love seeing you getting a headstart on your decorating. We had fun going and buying a tree and some lights and decorations last weekend. We convinced my parents to put up a tree in their house since we will all be back there in a few weeks again!

  15. Lyddiegal says

    the garland is such a lovely festive touch to the mantel – love it!
    … and no tree yet for us, not until 11th. All we do after thanksgiving is get the candles out for the windows. And while they are out, they aren’t actually in the windows yet…

  16. laura says

    all my decorations are packed in ontario, so it will be minimal here but i will find something. there is a michaels here !!!
    cheers… yours is looking good

  17. Michelle says

    Your mantel looks great! We put up some Christmas lights and our little tree this weekend, as well as a few stuffed santas that are sitting all around the house now.

  18. patina says

    I started to decorate the day after Thanksgiving. I love to place holiday decorations all throughout the house, so I get an early start. It’s still a work in progress and the wind just blew over my little Charlie Brown Christmas tree that was on my porch. Boo Hoo. I love your Santa bucket…what a cute way to store magazines.

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