We are taking a simple approach to Christmas 2013.
I want to focus on the real reason for the season. I want to make memories with my babies and I want to have less stress and more money left in my wallet.
So, my girl and I went to work one day recently, crafting, creating and decorating our Christmas tree.
We started off with some left over cork board and my little girl tried her hand at cutting some squares from it.
Next we got out some scrabble pieces.
We practiced some of the letters sounds (Thank goodness for JK teachers, I tell you!) and then we picked out some letters that represented the first initial of some of our family members names.
With a little hot glue and a careful mama-eye, we pressed down on our Scrabble letter to connect it to our cork and then we added a loop of twine to the back of our cork.
You should have seen how proud my little girl looked as she carefully hung each letter on to our tree! She couldn't wait for her older brother to come home from school so she could show him what she made for him!
Our third born is one and a half years old now and is expected to be extra curious this year, so we opted not to use anything breakable on our tree this time around.
With a few random bits of burlap, and about $7 spent at our local Dollar Store, we strung some pretty gold plastic bulbs on to this years simple handmade tree.
We strung some of last years handmade bead garland on to our fireplace mantle. It was completed with the addition of some wicker bell shaped lights that we had enjoyed on our deck this past summer.
I love the texture they add and the way we were able to reuse some old beads to make something pretty and festive.
With those few additions, we are well on our way to a calm and neutral Christmas decor.
I am truly loving this years simplistic homemade Christmas.
It is allowing me so much more time to love on the biggest gifts I have ever received.