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Every year I feel like we begin decorating our home for the holidays a little bit earlier than last. I think part of the reason is the pressure to post holiday content early, but blogging aside, I would still start hauling our boxes of Christmas decor out of storage the second or third week of November. I simply love getting the most out of the holiday season and soaking up the magical feel of our home aglow in twinkle lights.
So, early last week I cranked up my favorite Christmas carols and started decking our halls, beginning with our kitchen.
I’m so thrilled to be joining my lovely friend, Kristen of Ella Claire, and an amazing group of bloggers I have always admired to share our Christmas kitchens along with simple inspiration for the holiday home.
Our little one is at the age where she is really starting to appreciate different seasons and holidays. She had such a fun experience trick-or-treating this year, and a few days later I surprised her with a simple little Christmas tree of her very own in her bedroom. There is something so rewarding and special about experiencing the joy and wonder of the holidays through the eyes of a child.
And we were lucky enough to capture a little bit of that magic in our holiday kitchen this year.
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Like many, we believe the best part of the Christmas season is simply slowing down and spending more time together. We spend so much time running here and there and working endless hours that we relish the holidays when we can take that extra time to reconnect. And that usually starts in the kitchen as we begin baking Christmas goodies and savoring holiday treats.
From sweetly decorated gingerbread houses to mugs of hot chocolate piled high with marshmallows, you’ll never go hungry in our home. This was our daughter’s first time taking a sip of hot chocolate and I think it’s safe to say she enjoyed it. Which is good, because it’s one of my favorite cold weather drinks too. So much in fact, that I dedicated a little spot in our kitchen to a self-serve hot chocolate station this year. Fun, right?
And of course, I had fun styling our kitchen shelves for the holidays. I love the warmth and texture from the mix of wood, wicker, and brass throughout our kitchen, so I really wanted to work with those elements. I placed a few dainty bottle brush trees and tiny houses with pinecone roofs on the shelves and I think they add a little touch of whimsy, something I always love.
I filled a few of my favorite bowls with these muted rose gold Christmas balls for a touch of shine. And scattered faux snow-covered pine branches throughout. I think aside from the twinkle of holiday lights, greenery (fresh or faux!) is my favorite addition to any space to bring in that magical feeling. And if you’ve got your eye on that sweet star garland, I will be sharing the free printable + tutorial for it this week!
As we get closer to Christmas I know I will be adding a few more touches of the holidays to this space, which I will be sharing with you as we do, along with the rest of our holiday home. We are so excited for the Christmas season this year and we are happy we got to start it with such a wonderful group of friends. You can see each one of their beautiful homes below, so I hope you’ll grab a mug of hot chocolate and sip your way through each one.