As a kid, I was OBSESSED with Christmas. I loved everything about it — the traditions, the smells, the T.V. specials, and especially, the decorations.
I realize that’s far from shocking.
I remember hiking out to the woods and “chopping” down a scrawny white pine sapling — because I had to use scissors to cut it — and setting it up in my bedroom. It was the Charlie-est of Charlie Brown Christmas trees, and I absolutely adored it.
With this humble magic in mind, I decided to let the girls dictate the decor of their holiday bedroom and let Josie style most of it (yes, that explains the random aqua tinsel tree in a sea of red and green!).
Listen, it may not be traditionally magazine-worthy, but in my daughter’s awe-filled words, it’s “a magical winter wonderland.” <3
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Winter in the Woods
Since the theme of their bedroom on a typical day is a secret garden at night, we thought creating a North Pole forest vibe would be a fitting transition. My mom gave the girls this sweet little pre-lit tree and Josie decked it out in dried orange slice ornaments and candy canes.
Candy canes were also added to the whimsical winter branches we crafted, along with the shatterproof ornaments I’ve had for 17 years and counting. Here are some similar shatterproof ornaments if you plan to do some decorating with kids too!
Obviously, you can’t have a canopy bed at Christmas without wrapping some twinkle lights, so I grabbed two sets of my favorite battery-operated fairy lights and went to town.
I just love the juxtaposition of the illustrated leaves on real branches. It keeps the decor from skewing too “grown-up.”
The only thing we didn’t really have already was Christmas-y bedding, so I went to Target (of course) to see if I could snag some affordable sheets. Can you believe that all the twin sets were already sold out on November 4th?? So we improvised, bought the cheery holly berry flannel sheets (similar) in size full, and did lots of tucking.
And I couldn’t resist picking up that gorgeous red “joyful” pillow (which is now sold out, but this joy pillow from Amazon is similar).
Back in the spring, I turned this under-used closet into a cozy reading nook complete with a built-in upholstered bench. Lucky for me, the twinkle lights were already there, and the bench is green, so the nook was already halfway to Christmas!
We took out the big flowers, replaced them with little red cardinals from the Dollar Store, and created a simple (and, better yet, free) advent calendar nestled into the greenery.
Each day in the countdown is a strip of paper with a holiday riddle on it. In the morning, they read the question then run downstairs to find our Elf on the Shelf, Scarlett, who is holding the answer and usually has a small gift associated with the punchline.
- Question: What is a Christmas tree’s favorite candy?
- Answer: Orna-mints! (Scarlett is hiding in a big bowl of candy canes.)
All in all, we’re thrilled with how the bedroom came out! So much so that Josie may not come out again until spring.
Want more Christmas inspiration?
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