Needless to say the coupons haven't gotten done yet. I had more important things to tackle once the hullabaloo of Thanksgiving was over. Namely - decorating our front room for Christmas. Aw. Yeah.
Here's the before pictures. As you can see - very unfestive. At the time the picture was taken, I had already moved the DVD rack and put the table that now "houses" the tree in the front room. But nothing was decorated yet.
I took a trip to Wal*Mart to get a little tabletop tree. As I mentioned before, our landlord never took our tree to the dump last year in January as he had said he would, and while I'm all for having a real tree I'm NOT all for contributing to the random pile of trash that manages to appear on the lawn and stay there for undisclosed amounts of time. So - I got a little 3' tree and we decorated it as best we could. I went ahead and spread out some lights and garland around the room too since we don't have a big tree to fill up the room this year. It's super festive - and when Steve came home from work he was thrilled with the results: including the little hat I took 15 minutes and crocheted for our happy-face stress ball. Anyways... here are the "after" pictures:
And here are some close-up shots of our nativity scene, tabletop bowl, and the stressball's hat.
Nativity Scene - yes, I know that Baby Jesus isn't out yet. I put him out on Christmas Eve.
Our decorative bowl filled with... well... decorative things.
Steve's favorite - the stressball wearing a Santa hat!