I always really love decorating my kitchen for Christmas. For one thing, almost everyone who comes to our house enters through the mud room and right into the kitchen so it’s the first room that they see. Well, usually it’s the only room they see because of the kitchen in our house being in a whole separate wing of the house (It’s a little wing, mind you, but a wing none-the-less!). It’s not just that though. Most people don’t really do much Christmas decorating in their kitchens and focus mostly on living rooms, dining rooms, and entryways, so basically doing anything at all in the kitchen decoration-wise makes you look like a little bit of a Christmas decorating super star! Even the simplest little things are kind of extra charming because they’re so unexpected in the kitchen. You know what I mean? 🙂
We usually put up a real tree in the kitchen near the end of November or beginning of December and that really makes things feel extra festive, but I went ahead and got the rest of the room Christmas-ified for now and I really like how it turned out.
I’m not really one for cluttering up my counters with a lot of things that don’t really serve a purpose, but I definitely think that you can find things that are both functional and add a bit of Christmas festiveness too!
I picked up this reindeer cookie jar a few weeks ago and I love how he makes such a Christmassy impact in here, but he’ll also be the perfect place to store all of our Christmas cookies in a few weeks. Actually it will probably be our favorite Peppermint Bark that we store in here because making that has become such a tradition for us the last few years. Sorry about the bad pun. I just can’t ever resist the opportunity for a bad pun. 🙂
Oh! And check it out! If you want to stop yourself from eating too many delicious cookies, you just rotate him slightly and suddenly he’s giving you the evil eye and warning you to back off!
If reindeers aren’t your thing, I found quite a few other great options for cookie jars that would instantly bring Christmas to your kitchen without a lot of fuss.
This pug in a sweater is so funny. I wish I would have come across him when I was putting together my post about kid-friendly Christmas decor last week, because he definitely should have been on that list!
I saw some plaid mugs in a store last Christmas and aaalmost bought them, but then I didn’t. You know how it is. It seems silly, but I swear there were at least 1100 times throughout the last year where I thought to myself that a plaid mug would be the perfect thing for my cup of tea. I’m a big plaid lover and I think it’s a classic for any time of year, so I was even thinking about those darn mugs during the summer months! You’d better believe that as soon as I saw some this year that I loved, I snapped them right up!
These mugs came in the same order as the reindeer cookie jar. I actually ordered 4 – two in each pattern – but one of them was out on loan to Kennedy for her hot chocolate when I was taking these photos. They’ve been in constant use around here! If you do nothing else, I think adding a special festive mug or two can help boost the holiday spirit in your kitchen all by itself.
If I had unlimited storage space, I would definitely switch out all of my dishes and have special Christmas mugs and dishes just for this time of year. Here are a few that I found that would be in my dream Christmas mug cupboard. Some are funny, some are fun, and some are just classics. 🙂
Almost everything else in the kitchen, at least with the Christmas decor, are things that can be reused over and over again. I’m trying to only add things to my Christmas collection that I know I’ll be able to reuse and love every year. Some of the things I use for Christmas decoration are actually things that can be used for all the other seasons too with a few small changes. My Christmas storage shelves in the basement are getting really full, so it’s nice to have some things that I can keep bringing back out year after year. Sometimes I’ll just reuse the same items in a different room in a slightly different way and it gives a whole new look! Of course, it helps if you know where to start when you’re trying to pick items like this successfully, so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions that I find work really well. 🙂
First of all, you may have seen this last week when I first shared it. This long trough box is a brand new addition to our kitchen, but it’s something that can be easily changed up every season and will always look pretty awesome and really make a great impression. This was so quick and easy to build too! If you have a long farmhouse table and aren’t really sure how to decorate it. This works really well!
This trough box is very similar if you’d rather just buy one. 🙂
Kennedy has requested that we do a silver tree in here this year, so we’re going to keep things pretty neutral overall, with the exception of my favorite new red plaid mugs of course. 🙂 Hopefully the fun mauve color will still continue to work as we add in the rest of the Christmas decor in here!
These faux amaryllises have been favorites of mine for the last few years. I have quite a little collection of them now to use all over the place. I love them because they just make a room feel really fresh and clean, but still very Christmassy at the same time. A lot of Christmas decor can start to feel really heavy and cluttered, and these just seem to have the exact opposite effect. They can be pretty pricey, so I always try to find them in the after Christmas sales, but this is a really nice one that you can use over and over again and will really help freshen up your Christmas decor if you need something like that right now.
For the hutch, I basically just added in a whole bunch of greenery, along with some silver Christmas balls, and called it a day.
I tend to go a little crazy on the greenery at Christmas. Real, fake, preserved, plastic, it’s all fair game!
My boxwood wreaths are an example of something that I use over and over again for all seasons, along with the white pitchers and the big glass jars on the kitchen counters. If you look at last year’s Christmas home tour, you’ll see just how often I reuse all of these things. It’s almost shameless, really. 🙂
I’d like to be able to say that I went to the effort of changing out the picture frames to Christmas-themed family pictures but it was really just dumb luck that I still had this picture in here from a couple of years ago!
Here are some of my favorites if you’re looking to create a collection of things that you can reuse every year to create different looks around your house!
Do you decorate your kitchen for Christmas? What are some of your favorite Christmas decor items that you find you always get a lot of use out of?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.