A Christmas post in January….oops. Better late than never, right?
For Christmas this year, I went with a less-is-more décor style. We never really went all out decorating in the past, and I donated a lot of what décor we did have prior to our move. Somehow, a small pre-lit tabletop tree unintentionally survived the pre-move purge and made the journey up to Alaska, so Little B and I put that up on a side table in our living room. She not only loved having it plugged in every day, she also used the little candy cane ornaments as “treats” for her stuffed puppy. We also purchased some multi-colored LEDs to hang up around the living room. We chose LEDs since electricity costs are astronomical up here, but I sure did miss the ambiance of my regular incandescent white lights. With the multi-colored LEDs, our living room was lit up like a bar & grill. To add to the classiness, they were held up with blue painter’s tape. I had purchased a pack of 3M command light clips, but despite following the directions to a T (clean wall with rubbing alcohol, let sit X # of minutes, etc), they came off immediately. I’m guessing the combination of high gloss paint and textured walls were too much to overcome. I was frustrated at wasting the money on them, but thankfully painter’s tape accomplished the goal. Little B didn’t mind the lack of class one bit, though, and would bolt down the hallway in the mornings to request the lights be turned on. Ultimately, the décor is for her anyway.
We ended up forgoing a full size tree this year since we don’t have much space in our rental. Instead, I whipped up this quick, inexpensive Pinterest-inspired project. I purchased a yard of green felt, and had the other colored felt in my stash already. A few blobs of painter’s tape on the back, and voila, a tree Little B could redecorate to her heart’s content. I kept it simple this year, just cutting out some light bulb shapes. I think she’ll be a bit more interested next year, and making different ornaments could be a fun project to do with her. Additional bonus: when it came time to pack it up for the season, everything fit nicely in a gallon size Ziploc.