I always love the challenge of decorating my home for the Holidays in a way that’s really fun and magical feeling for the kids, but that still falls in line with what my own visions of a “perfect Christmas” looks like. Of course, I never fully 100% meet that challenge because it’s Christmas, after all, and the kids’ wishes and dreams will always win out over my own, but since I’m such a home decor lover, it’s fun to see if I can get my decor to mostly work for all of us. I can’t lie, it definitely helps me deal with some of that Christmastime stress when I look around my home and see pretty things that make me happy instead of a multi-colored mess that looks like every character licensed item in the toy store exploded in my living room.
I’ve had some pretty great successes in the past, like the train on our Christmas tree last year that looked so nice with my “Monograms and Reindeers” theme.
I added a bit of decor in the bathroom too, which is often kind of unexpected, so while nothing in there was super “kid-friendly”, just the fact that it was decorated at all added to the feeling of excitement for the kids and for me too.
I bought this advent calendar on sale two years ago from Pottery Barn Kids and we’ve stuffed the heck out of those little pockets. It’s held up really nicely and the classic styling of it really seems to look great with just about any type of holiday decor. I’m pretty sure they weren’t selling it last year, so I was really excited to see that they brought it back into their holiday line up this year.
I just know that I took a picture of it at some point when my dining room was all decked out for Christmas but I can’t seem to find that picture of it anywhere! I’ll make sure it makes an appearance in a blog post at some point this year for sure. 🙂
And they have a white/neutral one this year too, which is great news for neutral Christmas decorators!
Stockings are always exciting for kids, because SANTA(!!!!), and I love seeing all the great stylish choices that come out every year. Of course, you can always make your own too if you have a little extra time for some Christmas sewing this year!
(Oh my goodness. I just realized I missed putting a number 4 in that list! Oops! :))
I like to use stockings for decor all over the house and I’m getting quite a nice little collection of them that get the kids all excited but really suit my style too. I ordered these ones from Birch Lane this year because I just can never resist adding a little extra fairisle into my life. They just came in a few days ago and they are huge! So Kennedy’s pretty happy about that!
Here’s a little graphic showing some of my favorite fun Christmassy things this year for kids and grown-ups alike. It’s so neat how adding just one or two little things like this in a room can make the whole atmosphere more fun and festive.
I showed Kennedy this list and she says that she definitely approves of everything, especially the “Santa said so” sign. 🙂
Do you decorate for Christmas with kids in mind or is your decor style a little more for the grown-ups? I know I’ll definitely be balancing the two for many more years to come, so I’m glad to have so many great options!
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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.