This is my first holiday season with my son. Initially I wanted to go big. I’m talking holiday decor in every room. But being a new mom, I had zero time. And being a single mom, I’m on a budget. So instead, I decided to keep things simple. I thought about how to create a warm neutrals Christmas tree filled with memories. Here’s what I came up with:
I was going back and forth between a real or faux Christmas tree. I ended up going faux and I love the tree I found during Black Friday! I made sure to get one with warm lights. That way, you get a golden glow in the room.
Growing up Jewish, I never had a Christmas tree as a kid. But when my mom married my stepdad when I was a teenager, we got to have a tree. I was so excited. I was even more excited that my mom decided we should hand-paint all the ornaments. I’d come home from school and help her paint the clear glass ornaments with different designs. And for years after that, she’d add new ornaments with new memories. And she always personalized ornaments anytime a friend or family member celebrated the holidays with us (you can see some of them in Jack Jack’s first Christmas video).
I knew it would be impossible to top her tree so I didn’t even try. Instead, I tried to think of something that was personal, but still dog and kid friendly (glass is a no now that I have a baby). I also wanted something that fit the California casual vibe of our new home. I cam up with a mix of natural elements and ways to showcase memories for years to come (here’s a video of our tree on Instagram).
I was inspired by Nordic design with these lightweight ornaments. Then I used pinecones as filler. Preston and I collected pinecones on our walks. I glued velvet ribbon on them to fill in any holes in our tree. I also used natural elements to fill the majority of the plastic fillable ornaments. Some I did with wood flowers. And the rest I put in dried baby’s breath and mini pinecones. For the tree topper, I found a wood bead star.
Memories for Years to Come
I collected some of my favorite memories of the past year: my first sonogram photo, the hat Preston wore to come home from the hospital, his fave onesie, wings from his first flight, etc.). Over the years, I can’t wait to add in more memories I create with my boys.
As for the rest of my holiday decor? I kept things simple and in line with my warm neutrals Christmas tree:
Everyone has different ideas on how to decorate a mantle for the holidays. I personally like assymetrical garland. I found this awesome faux garland at Home Goods. Then I added large bells and small bells on twine on one side (my son loves ringing the bells). I still had these clear reindeers from my West Hollywood glam holiday decor. So I mixed in a little glass with the candles and tray and contrasted it with more natural elements like pinecones and dried baby’s breath.
I also used my TV as holiday artwork. It’s a little trick I’ve been doing since I first got a Frame six years ago. I’m so obsessed I bought another Frame TV when I moved to San Diego. I uploaded a bunch of holiday paintings and photographs I love. Then I favorited them and created a holiday slideshow. Every 15 minutes, I get to see new artwork that spans the centuries.
Holiday Flower arrangements
I love creating fresh floral arrangements. But again, I have zero time these days. So I bought a bunch of faux hydrangeas and peonies at Michaels that I can use throughout the year. To make them holiday, I added faux pine and pinecone bushes and some baby’s breath that I let dry out.
More of a glam girl? I used to be too! Here is how I decorated my condo as a chic winter wonderland over the holidays: