Time to prep for Christmas

You might either hate or love me for bringing up Christmas, but I’m doing it anyway! I don’t have time to battle it out with crowds, but I do love going to the mall the day before Thanksgiving for some great deals – but sometimes we need to prep early and this is how I’m doing it!

Christmas decor - grand millennial old world style

Last year’s Christmas tree, which will probably be similar this year! See the red wrapping paper blog post to see more of my Christmas decor last year.

‘ve been buying some Christmas this month, red wrapping paper, some ornaments (from estate sales), and just a little prep work to get ahead of the game. I need to also finish up our Christmas cards in the next two months and I’m not kidding. We have a lot going on with the master closet expansion starting in a week, and a fundraiser I’m involved with so I’m trying to get my ducks in a row.

I had cleaned out the photo studio which has turned into a storage area right now, and I saw more Christmas decor I bought that I forgot about (also from estate sales), and then I got really excited for the holidays it’s my party, hostessing time! But I also need to purge but I will do that when I unload the boxes when we bring them out November 1. Because the Bible says that’s when you should put up Christmas. Just kidding. I honestly don’t know what I feel but I think maybe mid November, although I completely understand if you host Thanksgiving why you wouldn’t. But we don’t host Thanksgiving so up it goes! Ha!

I mix blue, and light ice blue with my classic red and green Christmas decor, and I think it works. Not sure how, but it does.

Here are some suggestions and ideas on getting ahead with Christmas! Because the last thing I want to do is feel rushed or see things out of stock with the way things are going. :) I can’t wait for Christmas!!

The chinoiserie blue and white Christmas ornament

Blue and white ginger jar ornaments set of 4 – I embellished with a gold pen and added a ribbon. It was a hit on social media and I think every grandmillennial or blue and white ginger jar lover should get them! You can also add them as gift toppers!

Bandwagon Mini Ginger Jar Ornaments, Set of 4 Porcelain Hanging Ornaments / blue and white christmas chinese jars Bandwagon Mini Ginger Jar Ornaments, Set of 4 Porcelain Hanging Ornaments / blue and white christmas chinese jars Bandwagon Mini Ginger Jar Ornaments, Set of 4 Porcelain Hanging Ornaments / blue and white christmas chinese jars

Red Christmas wrapping paper

red on red Cartier christmas style wrapping paper

Red Wrapping Paper looks so so good with 1.5″ Satin Wired Ribbon (try this) or this red ruffle ribbon is one of my favorites too.

Scalloped tree skirt by Sister Parish

Dolly scalloped tree skirt – get notified when more comes back in stock!

 I just ordered this tree skirt from my phone immediately because I knew I’d be a little sad if I didn’t get it. With their yardage costing $178 I thought this was a great deal! When you visit the site let it load and a little button saying “notify when more are in stock” comes up and you can enter your email. I think it’s such a sweet tree skirt and in my all time favorite Christmas color, red!!

Tabletop Christmas tree

I bought a pre-lit 3 feet Christmas tree that I plan to put in a blue and white bowl in the living room on the table as soon as you walk in, between the two lamps. I didn’t want another tree but….here we are. If this one is too big, there’s a 2 foot tabletop Christmas tree.

3 foot Christmas tree tabletop

Can you see it in one of these blue bowls?

This planter from Enchanted Home

Scalloped stocking

The scalloped stocking is so cute too! I would get them but I just bought us a set of 4 new ones with monogramed initials last year – one for my mom, dad, and us. I’m so glad my parents decided they will start coming to our house for Christmas!

If you want to read more of my Holiday posts, you can click here and read any posts tagged with Christmas. I will soon be adding the category to the menu bar :)





Diana Elizabeth realizes she likes going shopping the day before Thanksgiving for all the sales – like at the mall she will go because most are at home preparing for Thanksgiving and she can go with a friend and go!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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