We recently moved and this is our first Christmas in our new home. The new house has a lot of windows and backs up to the woods. We and the kitties love to watch the animals in our back yard and it inspired me to decorate in a rustic woodland theme for Christmas.
With the recent move, I was not in the mood to spend a whole week decorating the new house as we have done in the past. It took us just a couple hours to get the house ready for the holidays this year and I think it looks so cozy and festive. I love it. Welcome to our woodland Christmas.
We chose to get this 6-foot Alpine Pre-lit Christmas tree at Hobby Lobby ($120 – on sale for $60). It had the rustic woodland feel we were going for but also was thin enough so that we could still see our forest friends out the patio door. As you can see we are not the only ones that love it as it has become a cat napping area as well. We bought forest animal ornaments from Hobby Lobby and added the below berry branches, cotton stems, and vine balls/pine cones to the tree. Rather than a tree topper, I put a small berry wreath that I already had.
I used a lot of garland this year to give the house that rustic woodland feel. I put it on top of the china cabinet and placed it through the chandelier. I also put pine cones and some forest friends in the garland. You could hang some ornaments from the garland in the chandelier if you wanted more bling. I added berry wreaths to the candle sconces and candelabra for more color and it goes nicely with the berries that I have throughout the house.
In front of the fireplace I put a lantern that I already had. Here is a similar one from the Pottery Barn.
A reindeer, that the kitties love to knock over, adds to the woodland theme.
We are also going to hang ribbon from the mantel to display the Christmas cards which should start arriving any day now.
I think the fireplace mantel is where you should do most of your Christmas decorating. It’s the focal point of most homes. I added Christmas touches to my existing mantel decor. I added some garland, pinecones, and berry branches along with some cute winter birds. I’m obsessed with mercury glass so I had to add these mercury glass trees.
My good friend made the cloche for me and it’s my favorite Christmas decoration. The key to a well decorated mantel is to have things of different heights and widths. This gives it a lot of visual interest.
I put branches, berry picks, and lights into my existing urns to make them a little more festive.
To accomplish my woodland Christmas, other than putting up the Christmas tree of course, I just added natural materials like garland, berry branches, cotton stems, etc. to my normal decor. I also added little woodland animals to remind us of our outdoor friends. It was a breeze to decorate and will be the same to take down. I hope this gave you some ideas of how to easily decorate your house for the holidays. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and the good times continue throughout the holiday season. XOXO Michelle
ps. luckily our cats are a little better behaved with our Christmas decor than this one!