Preparing for Christmas this year has been extra special as it's our first one in our new house. Moving from a tiny apartment in NYC to a home with outdoor space makes decorating for the holiday all the more fun; I couldn't wait to hang a giant wreath outside and string lights around the courtyard.

I didn't have much in the way of Christmas decor, just a handful of ornaments. Luckily, my mom has a mini stockpile, so I was able to borrow a few things from her.

As for the decor I bought, I found red velvet ribbon and battery powered string lights to be the most impactful and economical additions. You can tie red ribbon on ANYTHING to make it look more festive, and the string lights add that extra bit of sparkle without the bulky cord.

Here are a few photos I've snapped over the past month. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!