Christmas Cheer

Oh hay there! Four days until Christmas. Today we are discussing the magazine holiday spread.

I love a holiday design mag spread.

For lots of reasons.

Firstly, it tickles me to think of people full on decorating their homes for Christmas in September so that the spread can be shot to run in the holiday issue.

What do they do? Leave it up until Christmas? 

Take it all down and start again two months later?

Dunno. But it amuses me.

Also, I love holiday spreads because of how “designery” they are. Actually, I love bloggers in general this time of year who come up with a whole Christmas decor scheme.

Like this year I am getting a pink tree and having a pink Christmas. And next year I am getting a black tree and having a black and white Chanel Christmas.

Do you even know how fabulously insane that is??

Oh! And the wrapping paper themes!! Every year my dear friend and blogger Alaina has a color scheme that she uses to wrap all of her presents. I, contrastingly, currently have an unwrapped box from amazon under my tree. I wish I had a wife like Alaina to take care of lovely details like that for me. And don’t even get me started on my new sister-in-law Rachel who is like a kind and gentle Martha Stewart. One of these days I will show you the delightful touches she brings to life and your mind will be blown.

Bloggers in general tend to be pink unicorns, but I think it particularly shows at this time of year.

And I know I say “Bloggers” as though I am not currently typing this on a blog, but I just don’t have that level of sparkle in me.

I am fine with that, though. Because if I did, if that effort and attention to detail came naturally to me, I might not appreciate those talents in others that so cheer my heart this time of year!

So tell me, are you a Pink Christmas Unicorn? What do you do to make this time of year special for your friends and family and yourself?


  1. alison@mlhp December 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I’m all about gift wrap porn. This year, it’s Candy Cane stripe paper with lime green grosgrain – since it feels more “Seuss-y” to me.
    Loved your cards featuring Miss Snuggle Bunny!!

  2. Hilary Kennedy December 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My wrapping paper never matches anything, so next year I have vowed to wrap them all in brown craft paper and tie them with muslin and twine. Then I shall top them with evergreen sprigs and berries. The reality will probably be more snowman paper with ugly crushed bows on top. But a girl can dream!
    Love your blog posts. :)

  3. Stephanie December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    First christmas in our new house and first christmas not at my parents’ and I’m the big fat loser that made sure all of my wrapping paper matched the tree color scheme (gold, deep red, and forest green). I’m worried I’m going to want a different theme next year because then my hub will go all kim kardashian on me.

  4. Caroline December 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    No Christmas themes at my house — but I do love a pretty wrapping job. Most of the presents under my tree are wrapped in builders paper presents with silver tinsel bows and grosgrain ribbons in all colors. Oh, I do love flocked trees like the one from Elf!!

  5. Allyson December 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    My Christmas theme for my entire life was “cheesy”. While people had trees that they bought gorgeous ornaments for (“oh here is my purple and gold tree in the foyer”), we had one tree with the same lights and mismatched ornaments every year. We would buy one or two new ones each year but for the most part it stayed the same. Even after my parents divorced, we still put up their wedding and anniversary ornaments. It was so fun to see the different ornaments that collected over time and had absolutely nothing to do with one another. Holiday Barbie one year and Pochahontas another (she was major that year- there was even a bedspread that matched). So I like cheesy and sentimental. Take your fancy bow back and give me a present wrapped in fat Santas. However, this year I’m trying to be a pretty Christmas participant. The stress alone in regards to having “chic” wrapping paper is already making me regret that decision.

  6. Brandi December 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I have a multicolored tree with almost neon ornaments. I did a gold polka dot and a black and white lace paper with really colorful ribbons. The polka dot is my favorite! Next year I think I might go more boho with the tree and do felt ornaments with fancy trimmings. This will be the third scheme in about 5 years. My husband is amazing for putting up with me!

  7. Beth December 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I also love seeing all the amazingness of bloggers Christmas decor. It’s so great to see all the different colors/designs that people come up with all to celebrate the same thing. Each year I do a color scheme for my wrapping and each year (until this year that is) I’ve made my own Christmas cards. This year I bought some from etsy but they are letterpressed, have pink polka dots and gold & silver tinsel, definitely very pink Christmas unicorn if you ask me!

  8. HRCK the Herald December 22, 2011 at 10:27 am

    These homes are BEAUTIFUL. I definitely don’t have that level of sparkle, either.

    I’ve also never seen a bannister so festively outfitted– I LOVE that. And I would never think to put a garland on my four poster bed.

  9. Bre December 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hell yeah gift wrap porn! Credit to Alison for that little gem.

    Every year I have a gift wrap theme which I use for every present I wrap. This year I spent an insane amount of money on some gorgeous wrapping paper from Papyrus. It was black with silver-ish/holographic speckles all over it. Not very Christmas-y, but super sparkly and magical and fun. I wrapped every single gift in that ONE paper, and then went crazy with elaborate and equally fabulous fabric ribbons. So you got a pair of wool socks and a candle for Christmas this year? Who cares, it’s all about the packaging!

  10. Lauren@BaylorSays... December 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Oh I’m the frumpiest blogger at the blogger Christmas dance! BUT, it is my first year afterall…now I get it. Next year I might trot a pony up into my bay window and hang bright globes from his ears and thread tinsel through his mane. In September, natch.

  11. Kim December 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    haha I currently have 2 unopened amazon boxes and one bering’s bag under my tree. love it

  12. Alaina @ LCY January 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Where are you?!?! Come back to us!

    p.s. I had commented before but it clearly never went through… thanks for including me in this! I think you’d make a fine wife, as well! ;)

  13. carrie leber January 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    totally cute post – usually national mags shoot their holiday rooms the year before – or they stage a house in the summertime to get their layouts together.

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