Finally, we got a break in the monsoons and slung up the outdoor decorations on the front porch. We kept it pretty simple and relatively classic, and we were done in a fairly short period of time.
|Live holly will go into the yard after Christmas|
I also found something cute at such a deal you will not believe at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago -- something I had seen in a popular catalog for far more than I paid for these! Twenty bucks for cute Santa boots I have seen for as much as $200!
|Similar swag on the mailbox --|
remember we used to have a gorgeous jasmine here?
We think somebody poisoned it.
We got some lighted garland at Home Depot, but it is rather skimpy. I first thought to "pad" or layer it, but that proved to be way too much trouble. So we put it up as it was. It'll have to do this year.
I read last year that you can hit just these five areas and call it good:
(1) The front door and/or mailbox if you have one
(2) The foyer or entry, however modest
(3) The dining table centerpiece
(4) The mantel or a shelf if you don't have a mantel
(5) The Christmas tree itself.
Simplicity always sounds so good, doesn't it? I wonder why it never seems to work out that way for me? You may remember I was in Santa Fe last Christmas, in that rented condo, and so what did I do? I hit Tuesday Morning, TJMaxx, Target, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, WalMart, Lowe's, The Dollar Tree (a number of times), Home Depot and Big Lots as well as some fancypants designer stores and the grocery floral department. Let's don't even talk about what I ordered from Pottery Barn online! That little place was decked out top to bottom by Christmas, and I shipped home five (I think) very large boxes! Ridiculous? Maybe…
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