I’ve been enjoying our decorations so much this year, I had to join in with The Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes.  I didn’t do much around the house, but what we do have up is fun.  And the best part?  The Nester says we’re not aloud to worry about perfection in our decorations.  Boy, can I do imperfect!!

As you saw in yesterday’s 12 of 12, we have icicle lights up outside, but what you didn’t see are the swags along the driveway bushes.

Imperfectionism abounds!  I swear, we tested those lights before hanging them on the house, but once they came on that first evening, sure enough a strand was out.  (Okay, two are out, but the other one’s on the opposite corner of the house, so not quite as visible.)

Our front door decoration is one I picked up at Costco years ago, and with just a little fluffing each year, it has held up beautifully.  I like it because it’s not a wreath.  I have nothing against wreaths, don’t get me wrong.  But it’s different, and I like that.

Inside, of course, is the tree.  Since I love walking or driving down the street and seeing people’s trees in their front windows, and since we’re lucky enough to have a bay window in our living room, that’s where our tree sits.  As my regular readers know, it’s a pre-lit tree with a mom-made tree skirt.  As much as I would love to have a second “decorator” tree someday, our main tree will always be decorated with our sentimental ornaments (which I’ll go into in another post this week).

While I love white lights, there’s just something about colorful Christmas lights that says “Christmas with kids” to me.  So where better to put the colored strands we have but in the boys bedroom

and playroom?

Yes, those are M&M’s Christmas lights!  The boys were so excited when they got home from school a couple of weeks ago and saw these rooms.  A month’s worth of holiday joy for very little effort.  And it’s far from perfect, but who cares?

My very favorite decoration this year is the mantel swag.  I used tips found on several different blogs and visiting the thrift store, dollar store, and our Christmas bins to create this.  Our formerly very wimpy garland is now twisted with a white poinsettia garland and a strand of white lights, and I’ve added in some picks and all of the brass ornaments from our tree.

On top, I draped a table runner (over some small boxes and even a stack of coasters), and I finished it off with some branches from one of our evergreens in the back yard.  It was pretty cool to watch the pine cones on them open up over the first couple of days they were in the house.

It’s especially pretty at night.

And you want imperfection?  Oh, I’ve got imperfection for you.  That center part of the swag?  It’s a good two-to-three inches too far to the left.  Some of you are rolling your eyes a la my husband right now, aren’t you?  But some of you understand.  Once I realized it, it would have been an incredible hassle to fix, so I decided to breathe deeply and embrace the off-centeredness of it all.  And I’m okay with it, because really, who’s going to notice?  (I mean besides the however-many-of-you just read this paragraph.  And you won’t tell anyone, will you?)

I had grand plans for several more decorating feats around the house this December, but they’ve fizzled.  I’m really okay with that.  After all, we still have quite a few unpacked boxes, so I’m just thrilled to have a couple of rooms in the house filled with Christmas cheer.

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