Less Is More


There was a time when I had Christmas decorations all over the house, but these days the concept of less is more works for me.  Now I get out a few of my favorite things,  different each year and just enough to create the spirit of the holiday season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome on in to see some of this year’s selections and stay for a cup of coffee.

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I’m crazy about nativities and have quite a collection from simple

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to wonderful handmade creations.

This one is my absolute favorite.  Not only do I appreciate the woman in Nova Scotia who made it, I admire her color selection for each of the pieces.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristmas and bells just go together and I have lots from which to choose.  The cranberry ones are perfect for the season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASnow globes are another of the little things I collect.   Many of the Christmas ones play music, and when the daughter’s little boys are here, they think it’s great fun to have them all playing at one time.  Quite a symphony that is!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo Christmas decor would be complete without a Santa or two. This guy has been around for years, and I suspect his appeal has something to do with him being handmade.  Hmmm, is there a thread linking much of what I am drawn to?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Santa appears to be worn from getting ready to deliver goodies to all the boys and girls so he is taking time out to listen to angels sing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAExcept for a little one or two, Christmas trees are a thing of the past in our house.

IMG_5462Mentioning to my very good blog friend Shirley of Housepitality Designs  we would have no tree, she created this one in her media room and called it her Lulu tree.  I like knowing that across country there is a tree just for me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile decorations are limited in our house, the good news is that not so much has to be put away after Christmas.  There’s something to be said for that!

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28 thoughts on “Less Is More

  1. that last photo of your home is just SO beautiful!!!

  2. Love the little tree tucked into that old crock. What a great idea! And I’m with you on the decorating — I put out a little less each year!

    1. When there are fewer things, I think you enjoy each more.

  3. I love your collections…especially the nativity sets….I am with you these days of less is more…I did less this year, if you could believe that!…I so love the photo of the living room…the perfect classic Christmas decor….and just to let you know that Lulu says hello!

  4. A wonderful feeling, so full of Christmas and joy…Have a wonderful holiday.

    1. You are so kind with your comments. Thank you.

  5. I find myself decorating with less as well and it looks and works better for me at this stage. Wonderful decorations Lulu.

    1. These days simple suits me best for a lot of things.

  6. I am still decorating every nook and cranny. Maybe you can teach me to love fewer bells and whistles!

    1. I can imagine every one of your nooks being perfect!

  7. Love your decorations, Lulu. Very tasteful indeed. 🙂

    1. All that’s missing is a gator!

  8. I am coming to grips with that philosophy,…less is more! I scaled down our large tree in the family room! I love your nativities, always a favorite at our house! Hand-made is always the best!

    1. I have a thing for whatever shows a person’s creativity.

  9. I am so happy you are posting holiday ideas. Oddly Christ may not feel welcome in our home because it’s not yet fixed for the Christmas season. I like that you suggest personal touches and having less items can create a more open atmosphere

  10. Looks like we are on the same theme this year. Less is more. Every year changes around this old house. I’m not stuck in repetition when it comes to celebrating!

    1. We had traditions when kids were at home, but these days it’s whatever seems right at the moment.

  11. I love your post title because those are my feelings as well. Back in the day, there was a tree in almost every room, but as the years passed I realized what came down had to go back up. We have two nativity sets. One our family made, is breakable and is very large and there is one smaller wooden one. I rotate – this year it was the wooden set. Have a very Merry Christmas. 🙂

  12. You are right…with age comes a little less decor. Smile…your home is lovely.

  13. Very cute… I’m also trying to downsize… Had way too many things…

  14. I tried to keep it simple this year, and some of my favorite things are still tucked away, but it still seems like too much! Love your Lulu tree at Shirley’s, aren’t you lucky! Your door swag is gorgeous!
    Jenna

  15. Your decorations are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us! Have the merriest of Christmases!!!

    1. Your comments always make my day, and I do appreciate your following so loyally. Merry Christmas to you, too.

  16. so perfect and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that door frame!!!!!

    1. Thank you, Tina. I do believe the artist had fun creating.

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