the stockings are hung

I've had our house decorated for Christmas since the weekend after Thanksgiving but I was waiting until our new stockings arrived to add the finishing touch before I shared pictures here. I love coming downstairs in the morning, immediately turning on the Christmas tree, and passing the nativity as I head to the kitchen. There is something immensely soothing and peaceful about a Christmas tree. I all but sit in the dark with just those twinkly lights on each night. We also finally had someone out to inspect our fireplace and now the coziness is multiplied.
This was taken before the stockings were hung by the chimney with care but you get a good look at our tree. 
My parents gave us this ornament for Christmas last year and I was so excited to hang it on our tree. I can't believe we've almost been married a whole year. That Christmas doesn't feel so long ago. This year has simply flown by!
 I also got this nativity scene for Christmas last year and I love it! It was so special unwrapping each piece carefully from the tissue paper and setting them out in our home. We always had a nativity displayed prominently while growing up and I love knowing that this will be a fixture in all our Christmases to come.
 I ordered our stockings from Mark & Graham and had them embroidered with our names. I also bought the cutest jingle bell hangers from Target (their holiday section was on point this year) and I may have bought a couple extra hangers to store away for future littles.
This "reindeer feed" pillow is from Nordstrom
I filled my cake stand with extra ornaments I had and I love the cheeriness it adds to the bar cart.
 Hunley tries to eat every single dish towel we own. If I leave one anywhere near the edge of the counter where he can snatch it,it's gone. But.... for some reason he has left my holiday towels alone and I am much appreciative.
Instead of a wreath on our front door I hung this cute wooden sign (again, from Target, where else). And though we didn't have a chance to do too much outside, I hung this dollar store lighted garland around the front door. And since the sun sets here around 4, we get to enjoy it for a good chunk of the day. hah. 

Since we are going to be with family for the holiday I am sure I'll end up leaving everything out until after the New Year. The house feels so much warmer when it's all dressed up like this. Thanks for stopping by for our little Christmas home tour! 


  1. Love your decorations. Your house is very warm and welcoming. plus Hunley make a cute sentry by the fireplace. We can't wait to see you both. XOXOXOX. Dad

  2. Shannon, your tree is lovely and the new stockings are perfect hung on the mantle!! I love the Merry Christmas sign on the door! Very welcoming, I think! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. That nativity is gorgeous!! Those stockings were worth the wait, too! They defiantly complete your mantle!

  4. Your home looks so cozy. Wish I were there for a cuppa by the fire : ) Can't wait to see you xo

  5. Everything looks beautiful! And I especially love those jingle bell stocking hangers. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

  6. Everything looks just perfect. We love how the living room looks--so warm and relaxing. Miss you two--oops 3-- forgot Hunley he is so cute.


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