Deck the Halls

Ok, I'll admit it.  I listened to Christmas music on my way to work this morning and I've been planning out my holiday movie list.  I mentioned in my last post that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and every year I take a strong stand that I will not commit to Christmas until the last of the turkey leftovers have long been eaten.  However, as my December calendar quickly fills up and I think about my real goals for the holiday season - relaxation, time with family and friends (sans cell phone) and volunteering in the community - I realize that getting all the decorating, shopping and craziness out of the way early might not be a bad idea.  

In that spirit, I am sharing some of my favorite holiday decor items.  It's our first Christmas in a new house, so it's pretty exciting and to the dismay of my significant other, I want to buy everything.  He keeps telling me we need money for things like a snow blower (lame), while I would rather invest in things like marble Christmas tree figurines and pom-pom garlands.  They say opposites attract and I suppose that's a good thing or I might be in some serious debt by December 25th.  I did snag a few of the items below (most are under $50).  I tend to gravitate toward decorations with a neutral color palette and that are more "winter" than Christmas.  This way, you can leave the decorations up long past the holidays.  Will you be decorating this weekend?  Is there a special item or ornament that you get excited to put out every year?

Shop all the goodies!

1. Winter Romance Throw Pillow - Target - $29.99 / 2. Seagull Placemat - Threshold - Target - $4.99 / 3. "Oh Deer" Mug - Threshold - Target - $4.99 / 4. Faux Fur Throw - Nordstrom - $79 / 5. Holiday Time Flocked Birmingham Fir Artificial Christmas Tree - Wal-mart & Amazon - $169 / 6. 30" Flocked White Ornament Artificial Wreath - Target - $40.00 / 7. Star Garland White - Target - $12.99 / 8. Capri Blue 'Gilded Muse Collection' Candle - Nordstrom - $39 / 9. Knit Faux Fur Stocking - Nordstrom - $29 / 10. Marble Tree Figurine - Target - $14.99 - $19.99 / 11. White bulb ornaments (3-pack) - IKEA - $4.99 / 12. Lit Cooper Joy Sign - Target - $25