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I see things that other people have done, and I collect ideas that I want to try. Then, by the time next Christmas rolls around, I know exactly how I want to pull it off.
Such is the case with my decorating plans for Christmas in our new log home. (…Hopefully next year at this time we’ll be all moved in! Right?)
I finally have it all set in my mind exactly how I’d like to decorate our log home — with Christmas trees (yes, plural) and other holiday decorations.
Here’s what I’m thinking when it comes to decorating my log home for the holidays…
First, How We’ve Decorated In The Past…
Jim and I have never been fond of Christmas lights (as in… strung all over the exterior of the house… over the nearby shrubs… and down the driveway).
Sometimes they’re fun to look at, but I have no interest in trying to win a contest with the best (or tackiest) Christmas light display in the neighborhood! (Although I have to say… those new LED lights are worth considering.)
I guess the same is true of Christmas trees, too. We’ve tried gussying up the place, starting with a Christmas tree before. Nevertheless, we lost that lovin feelin’ for Christmas trees & decorations the following year (…and the year after, and so on).
I do however, think it would be fun to experiment with an upside down Christmas tree one year… There are lots of fun ways to decorate “outside the box” with one of those babies!
What Must Our Neighbors Think?
We’ve often wondered if our neighbors think we’re anti-Christmas or something. We’re not. But for us, the real reason for the season is not to put up and take down decorations. And we don’t have kids, so the motivation to break out all of the “cutesy” decorations just isn’t there. And a bare tree with no gifts below it is… well, not quite so cheery to look at day in and day out.
That said, Jim and I are both eager to decorate our new log home with very simple (and very rustic) holiday decorations next year.
Not “country” just rustic… lots of rusted metal… rough edges… wrought iron… tin… you get the idea.
Not too many happy Santa’s… bubbly snowmen… or primary colors. Think: earth-tones and “natural” hues.
Not even a “real” (or traditional-looking) Christmas tree. Seriously. Instead, we plan to “bring the outside in” by placing miniature (3 to 4 feet tall) thin & wirey Christmas trees inside our home. And I’ll probably put a 5- or 6-inch tin barn star atop any trees that we adorn with ornaments. (Some we’ll keep simple & ornament-free… In fact, we’ll probably refrain from adding lights to any of these trees.)
My mom had a tree like this in her house. It was decorated so cute… real “woodsy” and rustic. Just a few simple pinecones with a little bit of snow sprayed on ’em… a handful of fun metal ornaments… and a small strand of white lights strung about. It was just enough to say… “SWEET!” But not too much to look overly Christmas. (Though I must admit, in the picture, it looks very Christmassy.)
Taken a step farther… I plan to place a small tree like this on every level of our log home (basement, main level, and our offices in the loft). Each one will be neatly tucked into a corner. Surrounded by bare log walls (6″x12″ flat logs, not D-logs), this just wreaks of simple rustic winter decor, doesn’t it?
I think decorations like this will really “warm” the place up throughout the winter months and bring us good cheer.
Thinking Outside The Box
Nope, these definitely aren’t the types of Christmas trees that you put gifts under. We don’t want that kind of Christmas tree (remember, we don’t have kids). We just want a simple and rustic (understated) type of holiday decor in our log home.
…By george, I think we’ve found it!
The small trees that I’m referring to are often referred to as Alpine trees or Lodge trees. They’re not like “traditional” Christmas trees… because they don’t taper like a triangle that’s really narrow on the top and really full on the bottom. Instead, they’re kind of tall and lanky and the branches are few & far between.
UPDATE: I just spent the 2 days leading up to New Year’s Day store-hopping and taking advantage of 75% off sales. I was in search of some “rustic” looking ornaments and decorations for our new log home.
I plan to add a few more simple ornaments like the few that you can see on the tree… but I just haven’t found what I’m looking for yet. (I love searching for that needle in the haystack!)
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