Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Make it Simple + Peaceful

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This post is one of several in the ultimate 2017 Holiday Home Tour!

Year after year, millions of people flock to countless sales, getting the best deals on stuff they had not planned to purchase.  Stressed out by not finding that perfect gift for that special person on the list, for the co-worker they really don’t know, or the cousin they never converse with, they frantically shop ’til they drop in frustration.  Let me go on record to say that this is the last thing Christmas is about.

Cheerful giving is actually a blessed thing, but it’s hard to be cheerful when you’re spending money you don’t have for people you may or may not know. Perhaps we should take a further look at this best-loved, most-celebrated holiday.  You see, it’s more than a holiday; it’s more significant than St. Patty’s Day, and more important than the 4th of July.

This day is a memorial, a set stone, a marker, if you will, celebrating the day that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, came to earth as a man, in order to save mankind.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

This year, my goal was to get the busy-work of the holiday completed as early as possible, so that our family can slow down, breathe, and ponder what Christmas really means.  We want to have a peaceful Christmas, focusing on the simplicity of the gospel.  God, the Father, gave. And now, in light of the greatest Gift ever given, we, too, can give. This is what Christmas means.   We are following in our Father's ways as we lovingly, cheerfully give to others.

So, here are just a few pics from our simple and easy home decorations this year.  We have a unique. ever-evolving, coastal-turning-farmhouse vibe using blues and greens.

Newburyport Blue Front Door with Wreath


We recently painted our front door Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore, and we love it!  My sister, Kathy made my front door wreath, (her first one ever!) and I think it matches our decor beautifully. 💙

Christmas Wreath on Front Door with Blues Greens Golds


Welcome to our home!

Have you ever had big plans for a home decor project, but time flew by, and you didn’t get it finished?  That happened with our beautifully distressed entry table.  I am still working on this area.  My plan was to NOT share this picture, but, as a reminder to myself, and maybe to you, here it is.

Let’s all remember that our Christmas holiday is really not about great expectations of perfection: the perfect decor, the perfect meal, the perfect party, the perfect gift.   All of those over-the-top expectations can lead to a miserable, stressed-out holiday.  But rather, be gracious to others and to yourself! It’s actually not the end of the world if I don’t have my wreath hanging over the foyer table, with the perfect decor.

Be at peace. People will remember how we make them feel, and not the decorations around them.

Distressed Foyer Table


Our cozy living room is an ever-changing room. (Stay tuned for upcoming projects!)  The wall color is Sand Beach by Sherwin Williams.  We love this peaceful neutral.  I have always wanted a fireplace, but our home doesn’t have one, so for now, I improvised with a wall-mounted mantle.  We found a very old, dark wooden mantle in a vintage warehouse, and painted it with milk paint.

My son, Jonathan, (Brave Stag Productions) installed the television on the wall with no wires showing, and moved components to another place, as a Mother’s Day gift and I love the clean look!

Coastal Farmhouse Living Room Christmas


My favorite chair is a La-Z-Boy recliner that my parents owned in the 1960’s; my mom rocked me to sleep many nights in this one.   Now, I have rocked little Maggie in it.  This year we had it reupholstered in Magnolia Fashions Boulder Gray Upholstery Fabric; this choice will easily navigate decor changes in the future.  The rattan side-table holds a tiny Christmas tree made by Aunt Kathy for Maggie; the table is a throwback to my childhood in Miami.

Upholster LazBoy Recliner


Our tree is a mixture of coastal blues and greens, golds and frosted white ornaments, wrapped with rustic burlap, and shining white lights.


Coastal Christmas Colors Tree


Side View from Recliner Side


Beyond the tree, in one corner of our living room, we have a little writing nook.

Christmas Tree Closeup Looking at Blue Desk


Aqua Desk Corner with Acrylic Chair


On the writing desk, a simple vintage blue pedestal glass holds limey green ornaments to add a bit of shine; it sits with a small white nativity scene. The milk glass bud vase holds a rose from our yard.  I love fresh cut flowers, don’t you?  The other side of the desk features a brass lamp (found in a vintage market, but here are some you may like) and a nativity scene carved from olive wood.  Randy and I purchased this special piece from our 2014 visit to Israel (where I also rode a camel – check out the video on this post.)  Oh, and we found this huge mirror on a weekend trip to Amelia Island, at a yard sale! More like it here.

Olive Wood Manger


Ok… the chair.  It’s a polycarbonate clear beauty that works both indoors and out; and it doesn’t add visual clutter to the cozy space.  The pillow was custom made by my friend Dede at Wildfire Restoration.

In the dining room, we have just finished painting the walls Aged White by Sherwin Williams, and it’s still a work in progress.  I kept the table very simple, using blue glass plates, with vintage milk glass floral vase “candle holders”.

Dining Table with Blue Plates


dining room with blue glass


Above the buffet, I hung our wreath inside a vintage picture frame for a simple farmhouse-style arrangement; and on the buffet, mercury glass buffet lamps, and basic vanilla candles rest inside a rustic wooden box with fresh greenery.

Buffet with wreath


Buffet at Christmas


**Here below is the buffet in process (during our family Thanksgiving dinner) Perfect backdrop for pecan pie, salted caramel cookies, Key Lime cake and Italian Cream Cake, don’t you think?

Buffet at Christmas


I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into our home this Christmas season.  It’s always fun to look at other’s beautiful decorations and  to get inspiration for our own decor.

If you have children or grands, make sure to allow them the opportunity to help decorate a touchable tree, with ornaments that are non-breakable if possible.  Maggie has redecorated this tree multiple times now. And I am so very thankful that she is able to do it!  (Read her story here.)

Maggie at Christmas Tree on Rocking Horse


Going back to the beginning of this post, I am planning for a more simple time of celebration.  Let’s keep the Main Thing the main thing.  Jesus is truly the reason for this joyous, glorious season.  Find someone to surprise with a gift!  Be a cheerful, heartfelt giver.

Put on your joy hat! Savor every moment (even when the mashed potatoes are lumpy, the soufflé falls, or the foyer isn’t decorated perfectly.)

Enjoy your celebration of Jesus’ birth and ultimately, death and resurrection, enabling Him to be our Savior, Redeemer, Restorer, Liberator, Deliverer, Provider, Rescuer, and Healer.  He came that we would have life and have it more abundantly!  That’s worth a celebration!

Life is Beautiful Sign under Mantle

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  1. Susanne | 1st Dec 17

    I love all the blues and greens in our decor! I am having a serious crush on all things blue right now, lol! Beautiful home! Merry Christmas!!

  2. Emy | 1st Dec 17

    I love all of the touches of blue in your home! So pretty!

  3. Keki Cannon | 1st Dec 17

    I love your tree and the burlap. Everything looks so perfect and ready for the holidays

  4. Jen @Jenron-Designs | 1st Dec 17

    Alicia I love your color story of shades of green and blue. You have created a very unique holiday design and your home is absolutely beautiful. I am crushing hard on your tree, with those gorgeous glass ornaments. Thank you so much for join us on the holiday home tour, and all your organizational help behind the scenes. I know we all really appreciate all your hard work.
    Jen @Jenron-Designs recently posted…Home for The Holidays: Christmas Home Tour 2017My Profile

  5. Lisa | 1st Dec 17

    Alicia, your door is gorgeous, that blue is stunning! Your sister is very talented, that wreath could sell at top home decor stores, maybe she should get herself an Etsy shop! I love the blues and greens throughout, the beach is my favourite place so I would love to hang out at your place. I have one question for you, can your son stop by and hang a tv for us? and hide all the things that go with it! What a super job he has done for you and a great gift. Christmas will be so much fun for you with Maggie, I really miss having little ones around at Christmas. I am excited to have all our girls home for the holidays, being together and celebrating the birth of Jesus is what Christmas is all about.

  6. Tina Bousu | 1st Dec 17

    Beautiful! That wreath on the front door is gorgeous, she did a fabulous job! Lovely decor all decked out for the holidays.

  7. kathy | 1st Dec 17

    Yay kiddo…Great article. If anyone needs a wreath, tell them where to find me..lol. Thanks to all who loved it. It encourages me when others see something I thought was beautiful as well. 😀

  8. Heather | 1st Dec 17

    I love this post, Alicia! Thank you for taking us beyond beautiful decor and back to the true meaning of Christmas. Your home is beautiful and so is your heart. 🙂

  9. Susan Evans | 1st Dec 17

    Your home decor is lovely and not overdone. I like the look of the tree with the greenery along the ledge to match.
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  10. Keisha Russell | 1st Dec 17

    So beautiful!! I love all the colors and how everything flows so nicely together.
    Keisha Russell recently posted…24 Days Of Prayers Before Christmas…My Profile

  11. Family Life Tips | 1st Dec 17

    I love what they did with the fireplace! I’ll give that a try on mine.

  12. Leah | 1st Dec 17

    I love your cozy writing nook!

  13. Jolina S. | Dipkiss Travels | 2nd Dec 17

    So stunning! I love your decorations — they look like something straight off a catalog!

    Blue and green are my favorite colors and I love how you made the decorations very festive and gender-neutral. The La-Z-Boy recliner also looks so cool, it’s even better that it has a story behind it. 🙂

    • Alicia Day | 2nd Dec 17

      Wow! Thanks for commenting, Jolina. 🙂

  14. Athena | 2nd Dec 17

    Love your christmas home decor! Cozy and warm.
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  15. Katherine O. | 2nd Dec 17

    I ♥️♥️♥️ It, Mrs. Alicia! Your home is GORGEOUS!! I’ve always thought your house was beautiful anyways, but I really LOVE the transformation! Love all the Rustic Antique touches, as well as that gorgeous Tree 🌲 Love You and sooo Happy for you on your blog journey! ♥️🤗😘

    • Alicia Day | 2nd Dec 17

      Thank you, Katie! Please come visit and have some hot cocoa with me 🙂 xoxoxo

  16. Reginald Onyeahialam | 2nd Dec 17

    Wow….this is great, you’re already set for the Xmas . I love the clean and beautiful paint you used for your front door and the beautiful interiors you have got here.

    Christmas is always a period of sharing and making new changes and am motivated to begin now so that I could have a memorable festive periods.

    • Alicia Day | 2nd Dec 17

      Thank you for your comments, Reginald. Yes, begin now! That way you can have time to just breathe and enjoy! Merry Christmas!

  17. Kari | 3rd Dec 17

    So lovely Alicia! Love the blues and greens in your decor. And that old la-z-boy – what a fun piece! You’ve got a beautiful home and a beautiful heart!

  18. Wendy | 4th Dec 17

    I just love all the blues and greens. So pretty! And the picture of your daughter looking at the tree is so priceless! I hope you have a Happy Holiday Alicia!

    • Alicia Day | 4th Dec 17

      Thank you, Wendy! Actually, that’s my 6th grandchild. Her name is Maggie; and she has a very special story. I would love for you to check it out, and let me know your thoughts! 🙂

  19. Rachael Williams | 5th Dec 17

    i always enjoy reading your posts – they super encouraging! also… your home is just stunning. that wreath on the door is breathtaking.
    i also am trying to slow down and remember and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. we can so easily get caught up in all the fun that we forget:)
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  20. Emily | 5th Dec 17

    Your manger scene is beautiful! we used to have one built by my uncle with the pieces all being hand painted ceramics by my aunt. Unfortunately, 4 kids, 2 cats, and many dogs later the pieces have all been broken through the years and were not salvageable! We haven’t found another one just as beautiful yet! Your house is so beautiful and I’ve never seen somebody pull off the blues and greens as well as you!
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  21. Angela | 5th Dec 17

    Wow what a beautiful home. I haven’t even started my decorating but your post has motivated me to start!

  22. Jo @ ModernRusticMom | 5th Dec 17

    I love the blue and green combo! Such a unique twist!

  23. Teresa | 5th Dec 17

    Your home is absolutely stunning. I love the desk. It looks so inviting and peaceful.

  24. Sarah | 11th Dec 17

    I love the colors of your home! The greens and blues are so refreshing, and your Christmas decor is just perfect! 🙂

  25. Debbra | 14th Dec 17

    Absolutely beautiful. It feels good just to look at. Thank you for sharing.

    • Alicia Day | 17th Dec 17

      Debbra, My goal is for people to FEEL peace and joy when they come into my home; so, for you to feel good just seeing it makes me happy 🙂 Thanks so much for saying that.

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