It’s the best time of year! From the holiday decor and traditions to the jolly holiday music, there is so much to love about the holiday season. You can feel the holiday spirit on every block in New York City. Restaurants are filled to the brim with holiday decor and warm spiced cocktails can be spotted on every bar. Store windows display winter wonderland scenes. Christmas trees are easy to spot in most apartment windows. It is truly like living in a dream.
As our apartment renovation approaches completion, I couldn’t resist filling the space with holiday decor. I tend to be monochromatic with pretty much everything from my wardrobe to my candle brand to my home interiors so my holiday decorations were no different. Given our new apartment features a white kitchen and white living room, I decided to decorate our Christmas tree with primarily white ornaments. I love the idea of having a tree 10 years from now that is completely filled with unique white ornaments. I do, however, also love hiding colorful ornaments sporadically in the tree to surprise people (see our colorful gnome ornament below as an example). Kids love going on a mad search to find all of the hidden colorful ones!
Every year, I give Carey an ornament as a gift to kick off the countdown to Christmas. In our first year together, I gave him a Rudolph the Reindeer ornament because he is Jewish and had never celebrated Christmas – I figured it was a fun way to get him into the Christmas stories. The following year I gave him an astronaut because of his love for space, then a pizza given his love for pizza and then a gnome just because why not? This year, I gave him a “Just Married” car ornament (see image below). My parents used to always give me unique ornaments every Christmas so carrying on this tradition with my husband is special.
In addition to my family being avid ornament collectors, I also grew up with a mother who loves going above and beyond with holiday decor. While I turned out being a bit more of a minimalist, I do love decor, but prefer to have it fit in seamlessly with my existing interior decor. For instance, I am a snow globe fanatic, but found snow globes from the company CoolSnowGlobes that are contemporary and mostly monochromatic. Additionally, I found Santas that aren’t too overbearing. I think the key is finding holiday decor that fits in with your interiors, but that also speaks to you personally.
Finally, I will leave you with my top 5 favorite holiday songs. Would love to hear what your favorites are in the comment section below. Enjoy!