This year, I knew I wanted to go all out decorating for the holidays since we have a 3-year-old who is LIVING AND BREATHING Christmas. I wish you guys could see her Elf on the Shelf reactions every morning, because it’s the greatest thing I have ever EVER seen!

This post is in partnership with JOANN—my favorite spot for crafting supplies AND decorating (and also baking supplies and kids stuff, to be honest …).  These ornaments are soooo cute!!! Nova loves animals, and I thought it would be fun to do an animal theme for our tree this year since so many of the ornaments we have saved from past years are animals.

Here’s the links for the ornaments: giraffe, lion, furry llama (large, small), wood llamababy deer, bunny.

And the trees (large, small) on the table and the garland around the window.

Haha—do you like how our dogs participated in the photos? I thought it was so cute!
I love making crafts with Nova. And since we’ve been “practicing” for a whole year now, she loves it too. So now every morning when I wake her up and say, “What do you want to do today?,” she almost always says “paint” which … to be honest … is my greatest achievement and pride as a human. She painted this Christmas tree and I promised myself while she was doing it that no matter how much I “KonMari” my home, I will never, NEVER stop putting up this little painted tree … until the day I die.

Here’s the ceramic house, tree and stars links.

 Here’s the lights and the trees (large, small).This is the wood stacked tree wall decorThese are the adorable plaid mugs.

Thank you so much for following along! I’m so filled with joy to share this with you! I hope that wherever you are and whatever your season of life, that you have the happiest time decorating your own space! xx – Elsie

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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