Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike Wonder

Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike Wonder

Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike Wonder

We’ve had quite a few changes in our life and home over the past year and a half. I think those changes have led me to crave that sense of being home for the holidays. With the stress of the actual move, a long transition and other changes mostly behind us and the light at the end of the remodeling tunnel starting to become a little brighter, we have been feeling more like we are actually home.

As I was thinking back to other holiday seasons, I remember feeling those sentiments after a move or other changes in life. Seasons of change disrupt your daily rhythms and can make you feel like you lose your footing or equilibrium for awhile as you adjust and adapt to your new normal or surroundings. Adulting sometimes threatens to steal our childlike wonder of the Christmas season!

I remember one Christmas years ago when I felt the gentle nudge to hold onto what Christmas looks like through my youngest child’s eyes.

Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike Wonder

You can read the funny (and tear-inducing) story about trying to decorate our home when our puppy Jack was only six months old and what my then eleven year old son said about Christmas when he came home from school that afternoon in this blog post from 2011. What he said that day tugged on my heart strings and left an impression that has inspired me to want to keep Christmas magical and child-like, even if I’m in full-on adulting mode and our kids no longer get up at 5AM on Christmas morning.

Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike WonderOttoman source / Velvet stockings

A few years ago we started collecting “woodland animals” as Christmas decorations. Our family loves funny animals so it was a fun way to bring our sense of humor to our tree. From there our Christmas style morphed into what we called a “forest & sea” theme. We love to use fresh and faux greenery and a collected a mix of forest animals and coastal decor. I actually don’t really think of “forest & sea” as a “theme” but more of a tangible and quirky reflection of our story.

While we have lived in many houses as a family, each of our kids’ childhood homes and our beach house have been here in the Pacific Northwest (nestled between beautiful forests and the sea). I feel like our forest and sea Christmas is a special way to stitch together our favorite life memories and best of all, the quirkiness of our style helps bring childlike wonder to our home.

Do you have special family memories or ornaments that help inspire your Christmas decorating?

Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike Wonder

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Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike Wonder

Gift Guide & Our Christmas Shop 2016

Gift Guide & Our Christmas Shop 2016

>> Gift Guides (click through for the entire guide!) <<

Happy Monday :). I just wanted to pop in really quick today to tell you our gift guides and Christmas decorating shop are ready for you! YAY! Consider us your personal shoppers this year because we have rounded up some of the best gifts online for everyone on your list and found the most adorable Christmas decor to deck your halls.

Gift Guide & Our Christmas Shop 2016

>> Christmas Shop (click through to see the entire shop) <<

HOW TO SHOP:

It’s easy to start shopping (you don’t even have to get dressed!). Just click on our Gift Guide page or our Christmas Shop to get started (if you have an ad blocker on your phone or computer, you might have to disable it in order to shop). From there you can easily browse through the options and click on the products you like to find the prices and ordering details. We’ve added our affiliate link to the products we’ve selected, but there are no fees or extra charges for you.

These guides are our gift to you, so you can spend more time enjoying the season.

Happy shopping!

Gift Guide & Our Christmas Shop 2016
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