A look at Christmases past at our old home

Before we jump into Christmas decor at our new home (my Christmas mantel will be up on the blog tomorrow morning!), I thought I would go back and recap all the ways I decorated for Christmas at our old home.  I so enjoyed looking through all of these pictures and recalling Christmases past at that home that we spent the first 12 Christmas seasons of our marriage in.  It’s fun to see how my style and way that I decorated has evolved over the years too.  But I can’t wait to share a whole new decorating journey and make lots of new memories especially with our new little one at Christmas in this new home. Smile   I hope you can find some ideas and inspiration too!

There was the year I did an all neutral Christmas using no red!  (And the first year my photography is worth sharing with you – lol.)


I really do love neutrals and it was beautiful, but I have to admit I missed the red Smile 


So now I still incorporate a lot of neutrals but also with lots of pops of red.


The next year I did more of a woodland Christmas using lots of brown and red… This was a woodland tablescape that I set.  I just love the mason jars used as candle holders and the mini stockings used as utensil holders.


My tree that year was in the red, white and brown theme too with a fun DIY chevron tree skirt.


I started getting a little more simple with my mantel that year – using lots of trees and a set of DIY JOY letters.


The next year I did more a red, brown and green adding burlap accents.  I did a DIY chalky painted mason jar centerpiece which I just loved – I think those will be on my table again this year!

Chalky finish mason jar Christmas centerpiece

I also added a lot more decor into my kitchen that year… those same JOY letters got moved into the kitchen that year along with a yard sale ornament wreath and a boxwood wreath.

Christmas kitchen and Christmas tablescape

You can see my mantel looked a lot like the previous year reusing my thrift store shutter backdrop and lots of trees but I added a DIY gift bag art piece as the centerpiece instead… and changed up the decor on the hearth.

Christmas living room and mantel

Christmas living room view of mantel and tree

My living room always looked so cozy with lots of candles burning and all the Christmas lights on Smile

cozy Christmas living room

It's the most wonderful time of the year Christmas mantel

After using the same tree for 10+ years and not a single light worked on it anymore, I bought a flocked tree that year after Christmas on clearance and was so excited to pull it out for the first time last year… I am officially addicted to flocked trees.

teaster pic for Home Decorators post

That year a DIY lighted canvas became the centerpiece on my mantel along with the same shutter backdrop Smile  (LOL – not using that this year on my mantel.Winking smile)


My house last year was finally very much “done” as in I had repainted, all of it was decorated and put together and it was just the best it had ever looked – ha!  so we put it up for sale in January.  Isn’t that how it always goes?  But anyways, I really decorated my whole house last year and just absolutely loved it.  This was my entryway leading into the living room.


Another cozy view of the mantel and my flocked tree…


We had also finally completed a very much budget kitchen makeover and I loved my “new” kitchen so I did quite a bit of decorating in the kitchen that year – more than I had ever done and I absolutely LOVED it. 


The red and green just seem to pop against all the white that I love in the kitchen.  I just pulled things from my stash, things that I used in other areas in past years and pulled out some Christmas dishes so really add some fun decor in the kitchen.


This whole vignette came from Goodwill Smile


And my bedroom was finally finished after I did a pretty major makeover so of course it needed to be decorated for Christmas too. 


It became this romantic Christmas bedroom – we so enjoyed this last year!  The ultimate culmination after having lived with leftover batchelor funiture and finally “upgrading” to some painted yard sale finds and pulling it together into a pretty bedroom.


My front porch never got left out of the Christmas decorating either.  This was my front porch several years ago – yard sale lanterns replacing the summer ferns filled with battery operated candles that welcomed us home each night.


The next year I made a DIY JOY sign to add to the porch as well as layered a evergreen wreath over a twig wreath.

JOY sign on porch

So beautiful lit up at night!


Then the next year this jolly DIY snowman and some DIY craftstick snowflakes brought a glimpse of winter into this southern porch that rarely sees snow. Smile


My front porch at this new house is completely different and I am putting finishing touches on it today!

I won’t be doing quite as much decorating this year at our new home as I did last year as much of our new home it is still in the “fixing up” stage but I have a few new tricks up my sleeve and of course decorating a whole new space is fun. 

I hope you enjoyed this tour through Christmases past… You can click on any of the links above to be taken to individual posts with lots more pictures and tutorials on all of those years and spaces or find my Christmas home tour from last year here.


Off to do some more decorating!


  1. Meloni Simpson says:

    Thanks for sharing your Christmases past. You did an awesome job. I love the flocked tree.

  2. It was fun to look back at your pictures of your Christmas decorating, you do it so beautifully! You are inspiring me to get started decorating at my own home!

  3. Lanita Anderson says:

    It was great looking back at past Christmas decorating ideas in your home – it was all beautiful and definitely “pin worthy”! 🙂 Thank you for the recap and refreshing us on your great decorating ideas. Looking forward to seeing how you decorate for Christmas in your new home!

  4. Hi Christina, it seems very amazing to decorate home on this Christmas. This is an inspirational blog for me. I will also share these ideas with my friends and relatives. Thanks for sharing.

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