This post calls for a little caroling. Hold on, let me warm up the pipes. Mimimimimi! Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa la la la LOVE our entryway this year!
Christmas waits for no one at our house, not even Tom Turkey.
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Kick your shoes off and stay a while. That’s usually what we do at this spot in our house anyway.
I get asked pretty often where I bought this buckboard bench, and I have searched high and low for one like it with hardly any luck (except this one). It was the best Craigslist score ever at just $35.
I love decorating around it for the changing seasons in this spot, especially with thrift store and clearance finds. It always amazes me how the best ways to make an entryway (or any room) feel welcoming, doesn’t have to cost very much at all.
I dug these ice skates off of the toy shelf at Goodwill a couple of years ago, and I bring them out every Christmas… since it never really gets cold enough here in Charlotte to wear them anyway.
Last year, I made this simple advent calendar using just a wood plank, twine, clothespins, paint, and super glue. It’s one of my favorite ways to bring the true meaning of Christmas to life for our family.
This year, I typed up and printed the Christmas story from scripture and numbered them so Robert, Olivia, and I can read a snippet of it together every night leading up to Christmas Eve. (You can download the printables yourself to do the same with your advent calendar at the end of this post too.)
I went kind of crazy with the rest of our entryway decor, but I promise you it doesn’t stay this display-like for long. I’m loving these touches of Nordic and plaid prints lately and have used it everywhere in our decor this year.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve found three of these festive red lanterns at the thrift store for just a couple of bucks each. I love how all the red pops against our DIY board and batten this time of year.
Beside our bench, I’ve tucked this old sled into the corner that my brother and I used to hit the slopes with on the rare occasion when it snowed when we were little. And it was my mom’s when she was a kid too.
This pretty little frosted wreath actually came from Walmart. Don’t hate on Wally World, y’all. 😉
You can find the full list of sources for our entryway here:
- Bench (similar)
- Antique sled
- Advent Calendar (tutorial here)
- Faux fur pillow
- Red cable knit pillow
- Red lantern
- Flocked pine cone wreath
- Throw Blanket
- Advent Calendar Tags
And if you want your own set of advent calendar scripture printables, you can download them here:
Have you busted out the Christmas decor yet? Do you do an advent calendar every year? What do you include in our yours? Chocolate? Ornaments? Christmas books and movies? I’d love to know!