I gave myself an early Christmas gift this year. And it wasn’t like that time that I bought myself a new pair of slippers and made my husband wrap them and put them under the tree and then I opened them on Christmas morning with all of the appropriate fake surprise and joy. 😉
No, this year I gave myself the gift of time. The gift of energy. The gift of streamlining the transition from Christmas to the new year.
Back in November when I started decorating my house for the holidays, I made the decision to be very intentional. I was determined that when it came time to pack away the Christmas stuff that I wouldn’t have to work too hard to have the spaces still feel decorated.
After all, those tabletops and mantels and nooks and crannies still need some love even after Santa’s visit, right?
Take for example my entry table.
I removed all of the extra ‘stuff’ and kept out this little decorative sled but tucked the tree into a white pitcher for a pop of something bright against all of the brown-ish tones.
I switched out the wire basket for this olive bucket but kept the logs and put it on top of the chest.
Simple and lovely.
The living room mantel was the easiest area of all to change from Christmas to winter.
All I did was remove the ‘Noel’ plaque. The pine-cones and greenery help to keep things looking soft and winter-y so it was a no brainer to just leave them be.
The family room fireplace received a little bit more attention but still only took about 5 minutes.
This is how it looked for Christmas.
And here is how it looks simplified for winter.
The little sprigs of greenery which were in the white pitchers all along the mantel (plus a few more) were tucked into a white urn so that there is still some color.
On the sofa table, I didn’t have to change a single thing. A wire tray held the candles we used for advent this Christmas and alongside a chunky wood column (one of my most favorite decor pieces!) it will stay this way all winter long.
You know, when it was all said and done, I realized that I had given myself the gift that keeps on giving.
When it was all decorated for Christmas, it was more than enough.
And now, it’s just right.
I honestly think that my soul let out a big sigh of relief when I stood back and took in the more simple decor.
It could be because it was less fussy, less dusty and less mussy (that’s a word right?).
But I really think that it’s because I won’t have to do any more decorating on these surfaces until it’s time to break out the Spring decor. Whew!
Hope you are all having a great start to the new year!