Our house configuration changed since last Christmas (we moved the family desk into the dining room, and then we purchased a bookcase/tv unit from Ikea) which made it difficult to find a perfect place for our small faux tree. Actually it made it impossible. In our small, open concept space, there was NO place for one. So... we moved it into the master bedroom, and Ava decorated it with whatever she wanted, which cracked me up completely because she found some photo ornaments that I haven't seen for about a decade, along with some other items. It makes me smile every time I'm in my room. Then we bought a three foot fresh tree at the grocery store, and plunked it into a bucket on the side table. Ava insisted on us using the vintage mercury glass ornaments that Adrain bought me for our anniversary last year for it and it is so sweet. (I might show it later if the sun ever shines again and I can get a decent photograph.)
The little desk in the guest room, though tiny, was my primary wrapping spot. I stocked all the drawers with lots of tape, tags, scissors, spools of ribbon and twine, stamps, pens and my address book. (It's also my packing spot when my shop is open.) It's small but packs a punch when organized well and I love the quiet of that little corner. Plus I can spread out on the guest bed when I need to and lay all the gifts and boxes there. The advent bucket countdown calendar was made by me last year & you can see the DIY here. The Fall on your knees sign was from Tiffini, the O come all ye faithful sign was from Tara. The beautiful ribbon I wove around the cedar garland came from Ever Thine Home, here, as did the metal nativity. (found here.)
Okay friends, I think that's it for now... here are some of the holiday touches in our home.