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January 18, 2013
There’s nothing that can put you in a bad mood quite like taking down the Christmas decorations and realizing you have at least two more months of cold, dreary, weather ahead, with no twinkling lights or holiday cookies to provide a distraction.
January is generally the saddest time of year as far as my house is concerned. We have fun decorations for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, and in the summer time we’re outdoors so much that we don’t really pay attention to how it looks inside.
But in January, once the Christmas decorations are down, we don’t have a whole lot to look at. The house is suddenly bare. And cold. And sad. And we’re stuck inside, trying to deal with it.
This year, I finally decided to act on an idea I’ve been wanting to try for ages.
This year, I turned our post-holiday house into a Winter Wonderland.
Part of the fun was finding deeply discounted Christmas decorations that would work for our winter theme. I found this icy wreath at Kmart.com, on sale for $9.87.
Overall, the best deals came from Michaels, one week after Christmas. By that time, every Christmas item was eighty percent off. EIGHTY PERCENT OFF, PEOPLE. I loaded up a shopping cart with fake snow, snowflake ornaments, mercury glass vases, silver ribbon, and snow-sprinkled pine cones and spent next to nothing.
Why hello, snowy staircase!
This is what’s currently on the table in our foyer.
And these icicles are hanging from our dining room chandelier. I found them on Etsy. The pearl strands came from a shop near my parents’ house in Atlanta, also reduced to 50% off after Christmas.
But my favorite decorations are in the kids’ rooms. I picked up a few packages of paper and tinsel snowflakes from Party City and transformed their rooms into a snowstorm of flakes while they were at school.
They literally screamed when they got home and saw their rooms.
More icicles and pearl strands hanging from the mantel…
And mercury glass vases, finials, pine cones and icy branches on top. I’m paranoid about fire, so I put LED votives inside the vases. You really can’t tell the difference. We turn them all on each night and feel very cozy.
In the kitchen, snowflakes hang from the chandelier, winter-themed potpourri is on the table, and I picked up the snowflake place mats from Target for $1 apiece.
More paper snowflakes from Party City. I had initially thought we’d make our own, but these were so inexpensive that I saved myself the headache and bought them instead!
Dennis and I found this reindeer head for $15 at an antique mall last week. I LOVE it!
I also put vinyl snowflake decals on our kitchen windows and on the windows in the kids’ rooms. We are thrilled with our winter wonderland and plan to make it an annual tradition. And who knows? Maybe the real thing will fall outside before the month is over…
It’s not so bad after all.
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I love this! I can’t “bear” to have a bare house during this cold and dreary time of year which is why my tree is still up. I’m in the process of switching things over to a Mardi Gras theme. I’m taking off the ornaments and burgundy items then adding Mardi Gras beads and purple bows. I’m leaving up the green garland with twinkle lights on the banister but switching out the burgundy bows for purple.
What a great idea!
What an amazing idea! I totally want to do this when we have a house. We’re moving soon, so I think doing it now might just be a headache 🙂 But, after the move? Next year? Totally doing this! Thanks for the idea!
It definitely takes a little planning- and you’ll have fun hunting for winter themed decorations during the Christmas season- especially once they go on deep discount! 🙂
So fun! What did you use to attach the snowflake strings to the ceiling?
Packing tape. :/ They have rubber suction cup hooks at Target, but I was too lazy to make the drive. LOL.
I almost screamed when reading this, what a great idea! I love it!!!
Ha ha! 😀
I love this so much! Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get in the winter spirit when we’re having 50 and 60 degree weather in Oklahoma this week. No complaints from me though. If we have a cold winter next year, I’m probably going to have to do this. For now, the LED candle idea is looking very do-able. Thanks for the fantastic ideas!
I like the LED votives so much that I’ve decided in the summer to clean out our fireplace and put one of those wrought iron multi-candle holders inside it, with the LED votives in the glass candle holders. I think it will be wonderful.
That’s such a great idea! Perfect way to offset those post-holiday blues. I am a weirdo who happens to love cold weather, got married in January and have a February birthday, so I am loving seeing the winter months get some love!
That’s great. February is definitely easier to bear because of Valentine’s Day (and OF COURSE, your birthday!), and we just have to make our own January celebrations! 🙂
Love this idea! I’m pinning your post so I’ll remember next year!
So, so beautiful!! The only way I can deal with taking down the Christmas decorations is by removing about half my regular decorations so when I take down Christmas, stuff goes back up to fill in the gaps.
Of course I don’t have to deal with the winter doldrums. 😉
Very impressed! You get the Mom-of-the-Month award, seriously!
Ha ha, it was fun! I’ve been wanting to do it for YEARS, so it was nice to finally put the plan into action.
Love the idea!! But can we talk for a sec about Punky’s bed? It looks AMAZING! Would love to see a pic of it clearly. Is it an antique? Gorgeous!
Yes, it’s an antique- My parents bought it for me when I moved into my first apartment after I graduated from college. 🙂
I love the pearl strands and icicles hanging from your mantel!
Thank you! 🙂
I do this very same thing at my house! Minnesota in the winter is VERY depressing (we are UP to -6 right now! It was -16 when I woke up on Monday). I put away the obviously “Christmas” themed decorations and make a winter wonderland. I too put the big snowflakes in my son’s room and the sparkly ornaments are hanging everywhere. It’s fun! And everyone needs a pick-me-up when they are confined to their home for a very, very, very long winter season!
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