Tis the Season: Holiday Home Tour 2016

As Christmas is a mere two weeks away, it’s time for a small holiday home tour! I think it’s rather fitting, since inches and inches of snowfall was dumped on Michigan in the past 24 hours. I’m just glad I don’t have to go out into it if I don’t want to.

Decorating for Christmas this year has been very different for me. First and foremost, my other half let me borrow his artificial Christmas tree, and put it up early. By early, I mean before Thanksgiving, which is a pretty big deal since I usually refuse to decorate for the holiday before Dec. 1. But I will admit, he put me in the decorating mood, so I went ahead and finished it the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Also, last year he and I were able to place every decoration in one confined space, because the room made everything work together perfectly. However, my current apartment has a more open layout, and I had to spread the decorations out a bit more. To me it feels a bit disconnected, but I had to make the best of the space I have. I had to place my beloved ceramic Christmas tree on the breakfast bar in the kitchen due to a lack of locations (and electrical outlets), though it is a cozy type of night light in the evenings for the space.

I was excited to bring out my red snowflake tray again, which I use throughout the winter season. I prefer decor I can use for more than just Christmas, so I tend to purchase seasonally-specific items versus holiday-specific pieces. In my mind it just stretches my dollar a bit further.

To be honest, the photo of the Christmas tree makes me a bit sad. My favorite part of this holiday is giving gifts to my loved ones, and usually the tree would be surrounded by wrapped presents by now. However, my current situation has robbed that pleasure for me this year, and I will have to deal with seeing a bare tree skirt instead, which only reminds me of what I can’t afford to do. At least my cat likes to sleep under it from time to time.

So there you have it. I’m looking forward to the day I have a proper house and can decorate for the holidays a bit more consistently throughout each space. Now, I encourage you to comment with photos on my Facebook page to show me your holiday decorations!

I wish you all a blessed holiday season!


—Final photo by Justin McKee

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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2 Responses to Tis the Season: Holiday Home Tour 2016

  1. Kimberly Mendes says:

    Karin, I love your cute, warm, cozy, joy-filled Christmas/winter decorations. They make me smile just looking at them. Which makes me also think about your favorite part of Christmas. There are still some neat gifts you already have and they don’t cost a dime. How about: a smile, a hug, a listening ear, an encouraging card or message, a compliment, a listening ear, a prayer? You get the idea:) Christmas love & hugs!

    • Karin says:

      I agree on the gifts that don’t cost a thing. And I think being there with family for the special day counts, too. 🙂

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