Decorating for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the entire world. For one month, my home is transformed into a lush winter wonderland - fresh greenery drips from every surface, perfuming the air with the earthy smell of pine, jolly Santas and majestic reindeer peek from nooks and crannies as they prepare for the big night, and twinkling lights and flickering candles cast a soft, warm glow on the entire scene. It's truly the most magical time of year.
My favorite way to do Christmas is rustic country with a Scandinavian twist. After all, nobody does winter better than the Scandis! And since my husband is Norwegian, I figure that's reason enough to add a little Nordic flare to my favorite season (the food, however, is 100% Italian - it's what we do best!). Below are some of my favorite decor items to create a holiday haven of your very own.
1. Santa Log Ornaments: File these adorable Santas in the 'Why didn't I think of that?' category. Simple, rustic, and full of holiday cheer, these cuties are perfect for any holiday home and would be just as sweet alone as in a cluster.
2. Handcrafted Woodland Buck: I've been stalking, uh following, Erika Barratt's designs for quite some time now, so I was beyond excited to meet her in person at this year's Renegade Craft Fair in NYC. As sweet as she is talented, everything Erika makes is 100% handcrafted, from this woodland buck's antlers to his moveable legs, the wool coat to his embroidered face. This, friends, is one of those pieces you hand down for generations.
3. Embroidered Christmas Wreath: This stunning embroidered Christmas wreath is everlasting and can stay on the walls all winter long. And as a newbie embroiderer myself, I can truly appreciate the amount of time and (hand-cramping) talent this puppy took - trust me.
4. Crocheted Christmas Lights Garland: For a kitschy, handmade Christmas, these crocheted Christmas lights are the perfect touch. Adorn your tree, hang them from your mantle, or simply add a single festive string above a doorway - a little goes a long way!
5. Scandinavian Christmas Elf: I have approximately 97 of little guys just like this one and they get me every time I unpack them for the season. Called 'tomte' in Swedish, this cute-as-a-button figure is a big part of Scandinavian Christmas folklore.
6. Winter Animals Christmas Wrapping Paper: Seriously, everything this design company does is beyond. Check out the same pattern on a white backdrop or their Pine wrapping paper for another winter go-to.
7. DIY Colonial House Ornament: Winter makes me want to nest, so for me it's synonymous with home. I would love a collection of these little houses on a fireplace or a windowsill.
8. Jingle Bells: I already have these ordered and on their way to my house (jingling all the way, of course). These would be beautiful hung on a Christmas door so you can literally ring in the season every time a guest pops by!
9. Olive Branch Wreath: Stunningly spare, this wreath with a vintage candle holder is quintessentially Scandinavian: simple, rustic, and ready to welcome the dark months ahead by the flickering glow of candlelight.
10. Holiday Snow Scene Greeting Card: Every winter I dream of a Christmas escape to a snowy lodge on the side of a hulking mountain. I haven't made that dream a reality yet, but these cards are a whimsical substitute.
11. Classic Bell Gingham Red Ornament: Christmas trees should have it all - pretty things to see, earthy scents to smell, and tingling bells to hear. These bells have two of those covered.
12. Christmas Tree Farm Sign: Swap out some of your warmer-weather art with this Christmas tree farm sign, use Command hooks to hang it just for the season, or lean this wooden piece atop an entry console or fireplace mantel. It adds just the right touch of holiday festivity.
13. Tin House Candle Holder: I love the image of a cozy cottage all aglow with cozy candles and firelight on a cold, snowy winter's eve. This tin house captures that feeling perfectly, and would look gorgeous all year long.
14. Buffalo Check Wool Stocking: Dressed in the pattern of the season, this Buffalo check stocking is ready to bring some holiday cheer to your home. Plus, I love the idea of stuffing empty stockings with greenery foraged from the backyard until Christmas Eve!
15. Fair Isle Table Runner: Fair isle just screams winter, and when decked out in jolly red and white, it's totally Christmas-ready. This table runner needs little more than a few candles and some pine cones to make a casual holiday table to swoon over.
16. Christmas Fire Wooden Advent Calendar: I cannot get over this quirky little advent calendar with its nostalgia-inducing elf. My husband got me an advent calendar of the same shape a few years ago and I look forward to putting it to use every year. Its slim footprint makes it perfect for displaying on a highly-trafficked kitchen counter or tucking into a stocked shelf.
17. Burlap Tree Skirt With Red Pom Fringe: Burlap goes hand-in-hand with country rustic, but the addition of red pom poms means this tree skirt is ready for merry-making.
18. DIY Felt Mistletoe Kissing Ball: This flirty number is on the very tippity-top of my Christmas DIY list! With very few materials and only a handful of simple steps, this mistletoe ball can be made up to get you making out in no time.
Catch up on Part I of my Christmas Wish List (full of great gift ideas!) by clicking here.