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a white christmas was not made for our family

I love the idea of decorating for Christmas with a neutral palette of whites and grays, maybe some natural elements and definitely shiny metallics.

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{country living}

My six year old, however, does not.

“Christmas is not about white and brown,” he declares. “It is about red and green and silver :”

So as much as I would have loved to use the burlap stockings I made and an assortment of wintery white pillows layered on the couch, I had to go with my sweet boy’s wishes.

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and green

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and silver.

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Because sometimes making a six-year-old’s Christmas feel magical is more important than indulging his momma’s love of white. Lesson learned.

Many blessings to you this Christmas. May you be filled with God’s overflowing love and grace as you celebrate His Son with your loved ones.

40 thoughts on “a white christmas was not made for our family”

  1. I have to agree with your son. I love a neutral decor but Christmas is about red and green. Pops of red say “Christmas” and make a room look special. Love your photos!

  2. Love it! I wanted to go with blue and silver and thought that would be just fine (since my husband HATES the color red) but when we got married and I started stocking shopping he quickly informed me that he MUST have a RED stocking or it’s not Christmas. And he’s 36…so…. ;)

    Red and green it is! Though there is certainly still a lot of silver too. And snowflakes. Snowflakes are my Christmas “thing”! ;)

  3. Because sometimes making a six-year-old’s Christmas feel magical is more important than indulging his momma’s love of white. Lesson learned.
    Many blessings to you this Christmas. May you be filled with God’s overflowing love and grace as you celebrate His Son with your loved ones.

    Those words are precious…and priceless.
    You can decorate 11 months of the year for you….but seeing Christmas through your child’s eyes makes memories.

  4. Beautiful! Our home too is the traditional red, greens and silver. As I love the serene look of a white Christmas…it’s not the same as the traditional red and green we long for every year.

  5. Your home and decorations just beautiful! And I too would love to do a white and gray Christmas with natural greenery…maybe next year! Where are your stockings from? I love them!

  6. I love white and neutrals for Christmas…but my entire family (husband included) does not! So I make them appreciate gold as much as they can! LOL! Your place is still gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

  7. Christmas is about children! It’s such magical time of year and so many family memories and traditions surround the holiday. One year I wrapped everything in kraft paper & twine. My eldest was so disappointed. So it’s all colorful and cheerful now. The Lego Xmas creations sit on top of antique cupboards alongside brass candle sticks. There’s lots of red & green, children’s artwork, and it feels just how Christmas is suppose to. Merry Christmas to you and your precious fmaily! You are such an inspiration to me & so many others. I have glue gun burns to account for all the flower pins I made this year. Your gift tags adorn all our packages. Thank you for being so generous with your creativity. Your blog is one of my favorites!! I know how much work goes into it and it’s appreciated!! xo, Tessa

  8. Merry Christmas to you and God’s blessing in the new year. Your decorations look very pretty and I love the picture/stocking holders!

  9. Emily your house looks fantastic, and if you ask me the reds, greens and silvers make a christmas bight and cheery, love what you have done! enjoy your holiday! Merry Christmas! xo

  10. I’ve gone with a more neutral palette this year. It’s our first empty nest year, in a new house, and I wanted something different. But I’m thinking I might add more colour next year, just a bit. We’ll see. Pleasing the little ones at Christmas is a joy – and your style is just perfect.

  11. I too long for more subtle colors. Esp all of these burlap and white stocking I’ve seen this year but my family would have a conniption fit if I replaced all of their stockings.
    ***I want to thank you for the wonderful gift tags you shared with the world. I have printed them over and over and shared them on fb. They look great!

  12. We’re not made for an all-white decor, either, so I go with color. As a matter of fact, I downloaded some neat subway art from eighteen23 and printed it on canvas … it’s so colorful and I love it! (I put it on my blog today if you want to see it.) I absolutely love your style and everything about your home. Merry Christmas!

  13. I too long for more subtle colors. Esp all of these burlap and white stocking I’ve seen this year but my family would have a conniption fit if I replaced all of their stockings.
    ***I want to thank you for the wonderful gift tags you shared with the world. I have printed them over and over and shared them on fb. They look great!

  14. Don’t we all want to share the magical feeling of a 6-year-old at Christmas?

    (My ultimate design victory was the acceptance of white lights.)

    Thank you, Sweet Boy! Merry Christmas!

    Emily, your {Green, Red and Silver Christmas}… is beautiful!

    Merry Christmas…You are all counted in my blessings! *L*

  15. Oh, what a sweet boy! Christmas is such a magical time for kids and that is so nice that he lets you know what he thinks is special! I think that the all white is pretty, but I just can’t do it myself. I need a dash of color too! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  16. So sweet and so true! Beautiful decor, as always! I love your style, girl. May I ask where you got the stocking hangers from? I have 3 lovelies and love this idea for their stockings!

  17. Gorgeous! You’re a good momma for doing that :) My husband gives me a hard time b/c he thinks I’m going to redecorate our tree when our daughter is old enough to help place ornaments. He’s probably right :( Darn you perfectionism!!! I need to work on embracing things like that.

  18. How funny! I wanted to try the “neutral” Christmas too. Overall, I did quiet it down a bit. But I can’t do without any RED! I learned that this year. Your decorations are gorgeous, and I continue to love your blog!

    Amy

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