Keeping It Simple at Christmas

This year I’ve vowed to keep it simple for Christmas. Our tree is smaller, I’m only using about half of my decorations, I don’t know if I’m even putting out my Santa collection. Instead, I’m focusing on greenery, vintage ornaments, and the philosophy that less is more.

Using ordinary items around the house, an ironstone dish becomes a vessel for vintage baubles.
To add a little Christmas greenery, I used Spanish moss instead of evergreens. Just for fun.

Do you think I’ll stick to my vow?
Only time will tell.

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  1. Oooh, good luck to you!… I vowed to simplify for Christmas this year too… well… I kinda, sorta, not really did… but I love my vintage ornaments so… yours look fabulous!… I’ll be watching to see how you do!… xoxo Julie Marie

  2. Simple but beautiful! I am catching up with you tonight and was honored to see my name come up on your Friday post as one of your favorite blogs! I have to say I have been enjoying your blog too and I agree blogging keeps us inspired to do more projects etc.-hopefully that is a good thing!
    Thank you for the kind words.


  3. I love it! Of course vintage baubles are my favourite along with old dish ware. ๐Ÿ™‚ I tried to go simple but it seems every day I kept adding something. lol

  4. I love this look! So pretty with that ribbon runner underneath your luscious ironstone! A pretty mix of ornaments too. What else do you need?

  5. Soo pretty ! I am going to go simple as well this year that way I don’t have as much to tidy up and put away in the end either lol ! Have a good day !

  6. Jen, I just love these so much…I also love that I can pick out your link by just looking at your beautiful photos…thank you so much for visiting…i appreciate you….sorry I have been MIA…xo

  7. Hi, Everything looks so pretty…Connie

  8. How beautiful! Love how your olden ornies look in your pretty bowl.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Your photographs are so pretty! What a wonderful idea! I was trying to go simple….but ummmm….not so much!


  10. I made the same kind of vow. I am sticking to it. It feels good. This ironstone display is so pretty!

  11. With displays like this one I would think it would be easy to stick to your guns! Gorgeous.

  12. Sweet, pretty Christmas touches; I, too, am doing bit less and loving the simplicity–a little greenery and burlap bows; small tree with white lights in a big wicker basket–and that’s about it. –okay; I may add some candles and bits of red here and there; lol. Love your post!

  13. Less is more…is going on here too!! I am seeing a lot of people cutting back this year…oh funny that we all decided to do it at the same time.


  14. This is beautiful and it is so true.. less is more. Thank you for the beautiful reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. So pretty, I love the vintage ornament, I wish I could score a boat load of them:)

  16. Yes, I’m doing the same, Jennifer! I probably only used about 1/3 of what I’ve got, but I think I’m going to do a purge come January when the bins come back down. Some things can go because I haven’t used them for two years now. I think it’s because my tastes have changed. I’ll always keep certain items for their memories, but some of this stuff can go now.

  17. Everything is beautiful, I love the bowl the ornaments are in. I try and do less is more but I love Christmas so much I tend to go overboard but I like the way things look.


  18. Too funny, I started my “Less is more” decorating last night! The kids wanted to take out ALL the decorations and were disappointed when I said I’d be doing less this year. I even chose a color scheme (never have) of red, white and gray/silver. Hope I can stick to it, too! Your ornaments look beautiful in that lovely bowl!

  19. so pretty, jennifer! i’m doing less stuff, more white lights:) have a great weekend!

  20. Hi, Jennifer!!!
    LOL, yes, only time will tell!!!
    I will try to do that too, but I am thinking to have a big tree. And some stuff on my mantel. That’s it.
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  21. There are alot of bloggers who are simplifying their decor this year, Jennifer. I love the look. I’ve never been an “over the top” kinda gal with holiday decor, and the sweet simplicity of yours warms my heart! So beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have to haul out my Christmas totes. Maybe this weekend….. ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo laurie

  22. I love your spanish moss idea. How clever. I wonder if it can be glittered to? This gives food for thought. Your vintage ornaments are beautiful.

  23. Yor vintage baubles are so pretty…very nice!

  24. Lovely ornaments….I am planning to add onto my vintage ornaments this year!

  25. It looks just beautiful Jennifer!!~ I love the vintage ornaments.
    Hope you have a lovely Sunday.

  26. We too have Simplified Christmas this year on Purpose. Your Old Fashioned Simple Christmas looks Lovely… may the Peace and Joy of the Season be Magnified as you concentrate on what is most Important to you this Holy Season.

    Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

  27. SO adorable!!! And hope you can link up at my trendy tuesday party

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