I have a confession to make.
I haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet. I haven’t even thought about getting the boxes out of storage. We haven’t been listing to Christmas music. I haven’t baked a single thing. Gifts? What gifts?
Now I’ve always been strictly in the “no Christmas before Thanksgiving” camp, and this year I’ve done a particularly excellent job of holding out. My kids have been really patient, especially considering that they are ALL ABOUT Christmas decor. As soon as they see the trees go up in Hobby Lobby in, like, AUGUST (so ridiculous) it’s go time for them. They were particularly excited about it this weekend, but since Adam worked all weekend I had to tide them over a little longer. Gotta decorate as a family, you know?
So I pulled out my trusty old snowflake stencils (and few others sent to me by Cutting Edge Stencils) and some chalk markers and let them go to town on the windows. I was really just trying to distract them while I cleaned and placate their Christmas cravings…but it actually turned out to be a great project. I joined in and got carried away, and the boys had a blast. And the windows look festive as all get out.
So I thought I’d share, just in case you have kids that like to color on windows (in other words, in case you have kids). Also, it’s nice to have decorations that don’t have to be packed away each year. A little windex and paper towel and they’re gone forever.
So here’s a quick tutorial.
- Tape a stencil to the window.
2. Color it in with a chalk marker. (We have these)
Every one of our windows is decorated…we have candy canes, Christmas trees, Santa, ornaments, snowflakes…the works. (You can find them all here.)
Eventually my kids are so deprived of Christmas the they don’t even know which way ornaments hang. It’s sad, really.
My favorite is the front windows, they’re pretty and subtle during the day and really stand out at night.
I think we will make decorating the windows a tradition, I’m just imagining Christmas next year in the new house and all the big blank windows canvases we will have. I could keep the kids busy for days.