Christmas in the New Place

So with no new projects on the horizon (we’ve got some ideas, but haven’t started executing anything yet…we know, boring, lazy, not entertaining, etc.) and the holidays taking up all of our time, we figured we might share a quick post about what Christmas is like here in our new place!

As you know, I’m a big huge gigantic fan of Christmas. This is due, in part, to the fact that I was born on Christmas day. I know, ‘it’s amazing’, right? Joking aside, Christmas is super important to me. You can read all about my crazy obsession with Christmas tree ornaments here.

Now that we have so much more space, my Christmas decorating has been taken to a whole new level (of crazy)!

We have a bay window in the living room and a bow window in the kitchen now. These are two fantastic new places to add decorations that we couldn’t have otherwise accommodated in the past. I made a little pine, berry and candle/lantern display for the kitchen window:

DIY Christmas display, pine and berries DIY Christmas display in the kitchenI added my mom’s classic manger display to the bay window in the living room right next to the tree:

Christmas manger display

We also now have a mantle on our fake (it’s electric…boogie, woogie, woogie) fireplace, so of course I had to spruce this up with some lights, and some familiar old decorations that just didn’t really have a proper spot in the old place. I’ve got to admit, even though it’s a fake fireplace I am SO excited about this because we can actually hang our stockings by the chimney – with care, of course. 😉

As you saw in one of our previous new house/old house comparison posts (click here) we still have our coffee bar. However, there just so happens to be a very handy electrical outlet right above the mug rack, so I took full advantage of this by adding a little light display here too!

Coffee bar Christmas light display

Of course we still have our tree, but now with the added space and bay window, we thought this would be a great opportunity to make the tree even more of a focal point. In our old house, we really had no choice but to kind of stuff the tree in the corner next to our couch. Now, we have the tree right in the window for all to see. So this makes for a nice display looking in from the outside and also a way better setup for enjoying the tree on the inside of the house. Don’t mind my fun Instagram filters. 🙂

Christmas tree (old house)Christmas tree (new house)

And of course, our outside display is still just as fun. We are thinking we will probably add to this as years go by, but this is a good start for our first year in the new place (pardon the low lighting in these quick cell phone snaps). We also have these fun bushes now that we spiraled some lights around!:

Outdoor Christmas light displayOutdoor Christmas light display

How do you use your space to decorate for the holidays? Head over to our Facebook page to let us know!

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

I love Christmas. Little known fact – I’m a Christmas baby. Yep, that’s right. Born on Christmas. I’m positive this is why Christmas means so much to me. The way my family always celebrated my birthday and the holiday, separately but with equal amounts of joy made this time of year extremely special.

When Andrew and I moved into our first apartment and got our own, albeit fake tree, my mom passed along some ornaments from her collection that she knew I always admired. She has since passed away and now these ornaments and all of my ornaments have become my most cherished possessions. Most people have a piece of jewelry, an item of clothing, photos or other obvious things as a symbol of those who have passed, but I have Christmas ornaments. This time of year is bittersweet, but perhaps it keeps me grounded, reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. Now I’m never openly emotional or one for cliches like the “true meaning of Christmas,” but what better place than a blog to have a cathartic experience?Christmas ornaments

This Christmas, enjoy what you had. Enjoy what you have. And enjoy all the love and life you will continue to receive in the coming years.

Now go on and Occupy Christmas already!

Occupy Christmas Zucotti Park

(Yes, that’s “Chiller” font)!

Christmas treeChristmas presents under the treeMerry Christmas from Fresh Nest Blog

Wishing you and yours the very merriest of Christmases.

XOXO

Megan and Andrew