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My Holiday Strategy: Work Smarter, Not Harder

How I’m Crossing Off More of My To Do List at Old Time Pottery This Year

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Prior to the pandemic, I remember the holidays including many instances of stress, rushing around, trying to get everything together to decorate, buy the gifts, get what I need to host friends and family. We got to experience a much slower pace for the holidays last year as we were not hosting friends or family for dinner or weekend trips. As a decor blogger, you know I’ve been prepping for the holiday season for several weeks now and I started decorating the day after Halloween for Christmas. What can I say, it’s my job.

On my way to a recent shopping trip at Old Time Pottery, I realized I was feeling a little stressed at the idea of going back to our old ways of constant errands, constant prepping, and stressing for the holidays. However, as I walked through the store, though, I started to realize that all I really needed to do was to think smarter, not harder, and Old Time Pottery was going to be a huge part of that!

We plan to host a few times over the next couple months and I always try to do something special with the table settings and centerpieces. While at OTP, I not only saw everything I would need to set the table, but I also found these pretty, hunter green, velvet trees and the faux snow-covered pine trees that I have used here in my centerpiece. OTP also had candles to add to my table and around the house.

Something I did not know before I was introduced to OTP was that their decor sections are extensive. Whether you have a boho, coastal, modern, or traditional vibe in your home, or whether you’re decorating for a season or a reason, you can find it there. I found so many options for faux greenery and picks to use for making garlands and wreaths and I used some lambs ear and berries to add some color to the open shelves in my kitchen. I love that they are versatile enough that I can use them for Christmas but also keep them around after the holidays for winter decor. I also found really cute light up grape vine presents for my front porch and they had several items I liked for our outdoor decor.

In order to keep our focus on what matters during this season, I’m making a conscious effort to keep creating and continuing traditions with our boys. They are obsessed with hot chocolate–they ask for it while we decorate the tree, come in from playing in the cold weather, and for our Christmas Eve movie night, and they insist that we leave it out with the cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer. I try to get a special mug for them and for us to enjoy throughout the season each year. I found these cuties while strolling the aisles at Old Time Pottery and was able to cross another item off of my holiday list! The boys are going to adore the snowmen and Paul’s has one of his holiday titles.

OTP has everything you need to trim the tree, no matter your style.

Finally, Old Time Pottery has rows and rows (and rows) of ornaments for your trees! Whether you like traditional, farmhouse, glittery, shiny, sentimental, faith-based, or eclectic ornaments, OTP has it. I’m changing up my main tree in the living room this year from a pale pink and all kinds of mixed metals look to shades of red with silver and gold this year and I needed to get quite a few new ornaments this year. I figured I would be running to several stores to find enough of the various kinds I wanted, but I left OTP almost completely finished with that to do list item as well.

My advice for you this holiday season is, no matter how long or varied your to do list seems, start at Old Time Pottery. You’ll be amazed at how much you can cross off your list with just that one stop. You’ll also love how affordable it is.

Have you found a new favorite ornament or holiday decor at Old Time Pottery recently? I’d love to see a picture and hear all about it in the comments below! Until next time friends….

XOXO Alicia

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