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Old Fashioned Christmas Traditions

Old Fashioned Christmas Traditions

Old Fashioned Christmas Traditions

For the first time in years I am noticing old fashioned Christmas traditions return all around me. The traditions of colors of red, green and gold, followed by rustic where ever I go.  It used to be the hustle and bustle of crowds running for sales starting as early as July.  I have always found it sorrowful that our traditional holidays were not celebrated one at a time, but that appeared to change this year.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Taking time to personally view all that’s happening in several malls, and shopping haunts like Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sacs, and Niemen’s I noted many were not decorated till right before thanksgiving or right after.  Even Target appeared to start later this year, and we all know how I love me some target!

Walking through the stores, you can see people are carefully choosing gifts that fit each person on their list, personal but not too expensive.  Practical gifts of clothing, or house hold goods are everywhere this season.  As I wonder through the malls, I heard many conversations amongst friends and families chatting about less expensive, homemade decorations (like this one below on Martha Stewart), and repurposed gifts being purchased. From what I could tell, the greatest gift this year will be a great dinner table filled with wonderful people to spend time with instead of large gift giving.

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Is it the sign of the times?  Or is it truly people everywhere simplifying their lives?  Whichever choice, it seems to have brought a new perspective on what is important, FAMILY.  You see Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, not because of the gifts we can purchase one another, but because of the birth of Christ and the time we all get to spend together sharing our favorite old times and making new memories.

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Bloggers, you all have a hand in this revolution.  During my time watching people and over hearing conversations I hear many people mention the very blogs I have the honor of blogging with daily.  The conversations are filled with how great it is to learn how to repurpose old pieces, and the overall way you all blog DIY encouragement that empowers people to want to give DIY a try.   It’s the blogs and HGTV and DIY that have people buzzing with excitement this year.  You should all feel proud that you are the very people helping to return families everywhere to a simpler life.

Teaching people to re-purpose their old items, encouraging them to give re-purposed pieces a second look,  or just plain providing that DIY encouragement is helping to keep people where the want to be – with family 🙂  And after all isn’t this the reason we all blog?

So, my blogger friends, it’s an honor to stand beside each of you as we help the revolution of re-purpose and reusing come back to the life of homes everywhere.  The Grinch said it the best, “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”  Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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May you and you’re families have a blessed holiday season!

X0X0 Linda

Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath

Easy Rustic Wreath

Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your day was awesome :-).  We started decking the halls at Hello I Live Here today and we are going to show you all how we made our easy rustic Christmas wreath.  I love wreaths because they give a warm welcome feel to your home. I am always excited to share our wonderful decor with the neighborhood.  Once the decorations start appearing, you know that Christmas time has come!!!

We decide that our front area would be done in a minimal, rustic feel.  We did not deck the halls with an overabundance of decor this year, but a tasteful rustic theme to share with our wonderful neighbors.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Our easy rustic Christmas wreath took about 30 minutes, and was made for the front of our garage.  While I worked on the easy rustic Christmas wreath, my hubby helped by prepping our front porch so we could finish this display tomorrow (I can’t wait to share it with you all). 🙂

This easy rustic Christmas wreath was a Red Racks thrift store find for under $15.  The wonderful over-sized wreath is a simple wood branching tied together.  It had old ivy on it, so I simply removed the old stuff, and made a lovely bow, adorned with beautiful ribbon from Michaels at $1.88 a roll, and Martha Stewart Ornaments purchased from The Home Depot for $39, which we purchased for our Christmas tree porch display.  This whole porch display/easy wreath cost us under $60.  But the best part, using all these simple, left over items from the display of the front porch, thrift store finds, and inexpensive ribbon made the easy rustic Christmas wreath come to life! 🙂

Here’s how Hello I Lived Here made the easy rustic Christmas wreath:

First I added lights to the easy rustic Christmas wreath.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Then, I added beautiful rustic burlap green and tan ribbon purchased from Michael’s Craft Store, and made a lovely bow for the top center.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Next, I wired/hot glued festive rustic decorations to bring the easy rustic Christmas wreath all together.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Finally, we put the wreath into place on the garage area (soon we will light it all up!)

Easy Rustic Wreath

And that’s a wrap!  See, it really was an easy rustic Christmas wreath! 😉  We hope you enjoy making an easy rustic Christmas wreath for your own home.  Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow as Hello I Live Here shows you what we did with our rustic planter box we made a couple weeks ago that was featured on Bob Vila Nations. Happy Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath making everyone!

Linda 🙂