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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!


  • Jocelyn Stott

    SO cute! I love that garland – beautiful!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    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!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • Katie

    i keep adding to my decorating. its never going to end!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • Cassie

    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!


    November 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm Reply
  • Pres. Kathy

    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!!!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    I’m right there with ya… slowly climbing out of the black hole of Thanksgiving-hosting. Decorations will need to wait!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Jude

    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!)

    November 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    love the bouquet, so cute!!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Valerie

    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!


    November 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm Reply
  • everton terrace

    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.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • Stacey

    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.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm Reply
  • Jill@TeenageBride

    I love yout mantel! It is gorgeous!!!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm Reply
  • mia

    aaah so pretty! I like that it glitters!!!


    November 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Heidi

    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! 🙂

    November 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    I Love how the garland is elegant yet understated…perfect for those who love neutral tones!

    November 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm Reply
  • Anna

    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

    November 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • Blond Duck

    I got the whole house done this weekend!

    November 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Cecilia

    Our tree is sitting bare in our living room…and has been that way since Thursday. You’re light years ahead of us! xoxo

    November 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm Reply
  • Viktoria

    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.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm Reply
  • Allison

    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!).

    November 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm Reply
  • Steph

    Pretty garland! I just made the first holiday decoration, a burlap wreath.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • Gracie

    This is so pretty! I really love that sparkly garland! The bucket is cute too. And I’ve started decorating already 🙂

    November 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm Reply
  • Krysten

    I LOVE that garland, it’s so pretty!

    November 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Josie

    These are adorable! The garland is so chic and I absolutely LOVE the Santa bucket — genius for magazines.
    xo Josie

    November 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Anaiz

    That garland is great, I need to visit Michaels soon and stock up for this holiday season 🙂

    November 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living

    Very chic garland! Love the color too!

    November 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm Reply
  • Carmen

    Love the garland! Have you checked out the recipe for that cake on the cover of bon appetit? Just the ingredients fill a full page!

    November 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Shea

    This is my kind of Christmas decorating! Festive, but subtle enough to be oh so classy. Can you come decorate my house please?

    November 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Carole

    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.

    November 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    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… 🙂

    November 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    SO SO SO beautiful!!!!! Elegant, yet understated. love it!

    November 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm Reply
  • Britt

    Love the garland!

    November 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • sarah

    the garland is gorgeous!!

    November 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Melanie

    The garland is so gorgeous. You’re so classy!

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    November 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • nicole marie

    putting up the tree tonight!

    November 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm Reply
  • style'n

    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!

    November 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm Reply
  • Styles 'n Cream

    That Santa bucket is beyond adorable. I need to get to Michael’s stat!

    November 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm Reply
  • Lyddiegal

    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…

    November 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm Reply
  • Sierra

    Everything looks great, the fireplace makes me feel cozy warm just looking at it and everything else is darling too! I am now in the Christmas mood. 🙂

    November 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm Reply
  • nicole marie

    so excited about the holidays!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:46 pm Reply
  • Sherin

    The santa themed bucket looks so cool and quirky. Love it.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:48 am Reply
  • krystal/village

    that garland looks sooo pretty on the mantle!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:24 am Reply
  • Allison

    The bucket is precious! I would’ve never thought to do that.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:40 am Reply
  • Lee Oliveira

    I am so excited that I will decorating my home with Xmas things everywhere this weekend

    December 1, 2010 at 5:38 am Reply
  • jasna

    Everything looks stunning!! Happy Wednesday hun Mwah xx

    December 1, 2010 at 6:08 am Reply
  • laura

    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

    December 1, 2010 at 7:59 am Reply
  • The Zhush

    In love with that garland, and thinking I need to get crackin!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Molly

    I pulled out the Christmas music yesterday, but I haven’t started decorating just yet.
    Your garland makes me want to though. It is really, really lovely.
    I wonder if I could find some at MY Michaels???

    Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Andi

    Oh la la, I LOVE it!!! What a gorgeous color.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Pesky Cat Designs

    So pretty!! Now you really got me in a holiday decorating mood. I think I’ll have to go out today and go shopping!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Michelle

    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.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:35 am Reply
  • jaime

    that garland is SO pretty! it’s christmas-y but not too cheesey. Cute bucket too!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:21 am Reply
  • Christine Vi

    That’s beautiful! And so simple too. I really cannot wait until I have my own place 🙂

    December 1, 2010 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Scientific Housewife

    I have decorated and all that’s left is ornaments on the tree 🙂

    December 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm Reply
  • Abigail Ny

    Great pieces, that origami piece is just too gorgeous!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Abigail Ny

    my bad clicked the wrong comment box, but I love the post before this one.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm Reply
  • Denise@TogetherWeSave

    Wow – those decorations are beautiful!!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm Reply
  • patina

    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.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm Reply
  • Elle Sees

    that garland is so me…it’s exactly what i’ve been looking for.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • hotpants™

    I love the garland and the bucket. Seriously, I want the bucket!

    December 3, 2010 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant!

    I like the santa tin, too cute!

    December 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • Cassie

    The garland is gorgeous!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm Reply

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