For the first time ever, I decorated our front porch for Christmas! Shocking? Not if you know this is only our seventh Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. Because of the harsh Alberta winters, I usually hang a wreath on the front door and call it a day.
This year, we had the usual first snow in October, a couple of bitterly cold weeks before November, and then suddenly, the weather changed. For several weeks now, days have been mild and oh-so pleasant! I had to jump at the opportunity and create a festive Christmas porch.
Long before we started decorating, I had felt the need for a tree on the porch. I saw a beautiful one online, but I dragged my feet, and it was gone by the time I tried to order. This four-foot-tall tree was my second (affordable) choice.
It looked so cute that I felt inspired to take it a bit further. Since I decided not to decorate the staircase this year, I could use those garlands on the porch.
The garlands are pre-lit, but I could never plug them in while on the stair rails because there is no electrical outlet within a mile of the stairs! One of my pet peeves in this house.
The four garlands were the perfect length to cover the handrail and go around the window. Since I haven’t used any red ornaments inside the house, there were lots I could use to add a bit of color.
A simple boxwood wreath with added ribbon and bells decorates the door I painted blue earlier this year.
The porch looks so cozy at night! It gives me all the warm and fuzzy Hallmark feels.
It’s not nearly as cozy during the day, but this photo of my sweet girl, Roxy, and the reflection of the sunset in the window stole my heart.
I have a feeling this will happen every year from now on, no matter how cold it is.
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