{31 Day Fall Challenge} Week 4-Deck the Halls!

Week 4, the last week, of Women Living Well’s fall challenge focused on preparing our house for the holidays.

Decorate! The holidays are upon us. Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology. In the beginning God created.” Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays. Think about ways you can keep Christ in Christmas even in the way you decorate.  Decorate – to the glory of God!

I wouldn’t necessarily say I am a crafty person.  Maybe if I really try, but decorating my home is not my forte.  Now that we are a family, I really want Rypken to have fond memories of the holiday season.  That can’t happen unless I put some effort forth to make my home look inviting for Christmas. So to Pinterest I went, looking for a few ideas to help me deck the halls!

Of course I needed a great place to display my advent candles, especially since I started the GMG Advent Study! I tried one of my “pinned” pictures that called for a wreath, chalboard, and ribbon. I purchased the chalkboard at Hobby Lobby for $12, the live wreath from Walmart for $7, the ribbon from HL for $2, and already had chalkboard paint.

For the advent decorations on the buffet, I used candles and tray from Walmart for $10, garland from Hobby Lobby for $12, and two manger scenes I already had (left is Willow Tree & right is a family heirloom). Above the chalkboard I added some garland I had left from another decor project.


 Next I tackled the staircase. When we first bought this house, one of my first thoughts was, “I can’t wait to decorate the stairs for Christmas!” haha. I’m lame, I know. I used lighted garland I’ve had, live wreaths from Walmart for $7 each, and scrapbook paper (garland I made) from Hobby Lobby for $.50 each.


Can’t forget the staple Christmas decoration, the tree! We are definitely in need of a new tree, but just didn’t find a good enough deal to splurge this season. So here is the hand-me-down tree for another Christmas. The topper and skirt came from Hobby Lobby for $30 together.

The outside…This is my least favorite part of decorating for the holiday season…at least the weather has been unusually warm this weekend! The garland and most of the wreaths I’ve had for a few years, the door wreath I got from Walmart for $19, the door “Merry Christmas” I picked up on sale for $5 at Hobby Lobby, the red bow tree was an old one my parents had, the topper and ornaments were $10 at Walmart.

I think that it is really beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the McLain household!  I hope you have a fabulous holiday season filled with love and joy!

God Bless & Merry Christmas,



  1. December 3, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    i love it so sweet! I love your scrappy garland, so cute!! Love all the deco, this year we were hoping to score a really good deal on a tree, but had to settle for a really cheap one this year. We had given our old one away in hopes we found a new one. NTS – Don’t give away tree until you have one. LOL…thanks for sharing your sweet home!


  2. December 5, 2012 / 4:15 pm

    Love your decorations! I participated in the WLW challenge as well. What fun! Just found you through the link up on Women in the Word. So glad I did!
    Blessings! ~Heather

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