I have decided to resist the urge and focus on what I do have, and like I do every year, add in a couple extra finds to take care of that little shopping itch.
This year I am taking the less is more approach to my Christmas decor.
I am finding beauty in the simple things...candles, Christmas lights, cranberries, and making use of some of my household favorites...
My mason jar candles are one of my favorite things that I have added to my decor this year, and they are so easy and inexpensive!
I love the feel that these lighted branches give our home...
I have added these pine tree and cranberry mason jar candles throughout our home too, to add a little Christmas spirit to places that might otherwise be missed, like our bathroom window.
At first I was really struggling with what to put on my beloved ladder, but I have since decided that I am really enjoying it with just my lights and a couple random ornaments. It is a nice clean feel from the busy Autumn decor this ladder boasted.
I am trying really hard to get over the fact that the little outside planters are empty because I haven't had the time to get to the fabulous projects I had in mind for them and that my mantle and tree can't even be shown off yet! I feel like Christmas is going to be here tomorrow and I still won't be done.
There's always next year, right?! And we won't even talk about how behind I am on my Christmas shopping or that I keep forgetting to put our elf in a new hiding spot everyday! I am running out of excuses of why he is still in the same spot in the mornings!!!
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