I come from a long line of Christmas decorators. My great-grandmother bought these beauiful gold wisemen we still pass down among us. My great-aunt had TWENTY tubs of Christmas decorations in her attic when she passed away. My grandmother has a Christmas tree that spins and my mother... Well, my mother takes it to a whole new level.
Growing up, she decorated every. single. room. in our home. Every room had a Christmas tree, even if it was tiny and every surface was covered with Santas, nativity scenes, and Christmas villages.
Holiday decorating is in my blood. Even in college I decorated for Christmas, dragging a little tree all the way from home and decorating it with several of my favorite childhood ornaments. That's how Nicholas and I began a holiday tradition we continue to this day with our children. Every year we decorate the tree while watching A Christmas Story and eating pizza.
I love opening up the boxes of decorations every year. It feels as if every item is filled with memories whether it's my great-aunt's tree skirt or an ornament handmade by Griffin just last year.
The first year we moved to Paducah I decided to open our home to our friends and family and share a little holiday cheer. I love to decorate. Nicholas loves to cook. So, it's the perfect opportunity to join forces and thank the people who have been so important to our family all year long.
We always host it on a Sunday afternoon and give people about three hours to stop in as they please. Fridays and Saturdays fill up so quickly this time of year and we've found Sunday afternoons to be a nice compromise.
Kids are welcome and we serve heavy hors d'oeuvres, as well as several desserts. This year we added a cranberry Moscato punch to our usual beer, wine, and soda, which was a big hit.
Every year I like to add a new decoration to the dining room. I love sharing my traditional decorations throughout my home but I also love freshening up the space where everyone congregates for a little something new.
This year I added several pieces from the Oh Joy! for Target collection, including her gold table runner, paper fans, and falalalala banner. I'd already added a white tree with gold accents so they were the perfect addition.
I also like to add in fresh florals. This year my amazing friends at Flower + Furbish created large and small arrrangments in milk glass with beautiful holiday florals featuring magnolia leaves, red roses, and berries. I love to see the flowers mixed among my old and new holiday decorations.
Every year we have the most wonderful time sharing our home with our most favorite people. We laugh and remember funny stories from the year past. The children run among us as my friends exclaim that they want the recipe for this cake or that appetizer. My home is filled with the beautiful faces of those I love the most and that is always the best Christmas gift of the year.
Plus, my friends brings the BEST hostess presents! Seriously, how many people show up with brussel sprout branches!?!
Thanks to Target, a store we shop at (all the time!) and adore, for sponsoring this post and supporting the work of Salt & Nectar. Of course, all opinions are 100% are own. Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season.
- Sarah Stewart Holland