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Rae Dunn & Target Dollar Spot Christmas Decor

We are still in temporary housing with none of our house hold goods so this year’s home tour looks a bit different. Luckily my love of hunting for Rae Dunn mixed with some amazing Dunn buddies, and the Target Dollar Spot I was able to put together a few displays to get us in the Christmas spirit.

This is a short and sweet post! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!!!

Holiday Home Tour

October and November are always crazy with 2 Thanksgivings and Halloween. For the last 3 years I have decorated for Canadian Thanksgiving, then Halloween, and then for American Thanksgiving. I always look forward to December 1st because I can focus on just 1 holiday, Christmas. I wait patiently until then to start pulling out the decorations, baking cookies, and dancing to our favorite Christmas tunes. Since this is our third Christmas in the house decorating was a little easier as I already knew some of my favorite decorating spots. But as always, I added some new items and changed a few things up. It took about a week to find the perfect spot for everything.

Last year I was so busy we never got around to taking photos which I swore would NOT happen again this year. Rob and I spent one afternoon staging some photos to document all of my decorating. I promise my house isn’t always this put together!

 

Rob made this for me a few years ago since the mantel wasn’t long enough for all of our stockings. I still have to get one for Henry, the newest member of our family.

The kiddos reading nook is filled with Christmas stories, I shared a full list here a few days ago.

My Mom taught me when I was young to always make my bed in the morning. If you get nothing else accomplished that day, at least your bed was made. It has always stuck with me. No matter what the day I have had, when I go upstairs for bed I feel 100 times better when the bed is made. I feel like this holds even more true when the bed is decked out in plaid!

The kids rooms are filled with lots of Target Dollar Spot finds I have collected over the years. Sprinkled in are also a few pieces from my childhood. I love swapping out some of the usual decor on their walls and subbing in Christmas themed pieces. Even better are the framed prints I can just rotate and leave in the frame all year round.

My favorite thing to fill the house with are Christmas trees. I have about 30 throughout the house ranging in size from 5 inches to 9 feet. We use the larger trees to showcase all the ornaments we have collected over the years. Upstairs there is a 3 foot tree in each bedroom. The kids each got to decorate their own and are full of ornaments they have been getting since their first Christmas. The tree in our room displays ornaments made by my Mom and I years ago when we use to do craft shows. Our living room tree is packed with ornaments from our childhoods, Rob’s airplane collection, my Mary’s Angel collection and my favorite ornament of all time, the one Rob gave me Christmas Eve 2009 when he proposed <3.

Romantic Holiday Movies

Full confession, binge watching romantic holiday movies is one of my favorite guilty pleasures around the holidays. I didn’t realize there were so many hilariously romantic ones to choose from on Netflix.

Although it changes almost daily, here is a few of my favorites right now.

I would love to hear your favorites, I’m getting close to the end of my list and it’s still 11 days until Christmas!

25 Days of Christmas Stories

Story time is a favorite around here so the kids love when I pull out our box of Christmas stories. I’ve been collecting some of these well before Rob and I were even married. Others have been gifted to the kids over the years. Last year they seemed to pick out the same books each night so this year I used one of our Advent Calendars to help us decide what book to read each night. So far the kids have loved doing it this way.

My personal favorites are North Pole Ninjas, Santa Is Coming to Ottawa, and of course The Night Before Christmas.

Sammy & Sophia’s Return

The Christmas season is finally here!!! I really like to focus on one holiday at a time so December 1st is a really exciting day around here. This past week I have slowly started to decorate the house and work on our different 25 Days of Christmas schedules. This year we are doing four; 25 Days of Adult Christmas Beverages, 25 Days of Christmas Stories, our Christmas Bucket List, and of course Sammy & Sophia’s schedule.

Having a predetermined calendar makes it a lot easier, especially if you tend to forget and need to do something at the last minute. I used last years calendar as a starting point

and then added in a few new things. I will often scout out items on clearance after Christmas Sammy & Sophia can bring the following year. I have one box that is dedicated to them that I keep in my craft room throughout December. I do think that after this year I will have to but it in a more secure location as Parker is too smart for his own good.

So here it is, all the mischief Sammy & Sophia will be getting into this December. You can follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #sammyandsophiameyer

Favorite Halloween Books

One of my favorite parts about decorating for the holidays is pulling out all of the holiday themed books we have collected over the years. Some of our collection dates back to my high school years when I worked at Toys R Us and was able to score after holiday clearance deals.

Although we have quite a collection the kids have already found some of their favorites this year.

Plumply Dumply Pumpkin | The Night Before Halloween | Pumpkin Trouble | A Halloween Scare in Virginia

The top row are books I scored for $1 in the Target Dollar Spot. I am really impressed with the quality of the book and the story since it was such a good deal. My favorite is Itsy Bitsy Spider because the story continues past the childhood song I grew up singing.