The week after Thanksgiving, my in-laws came for a visit.  While they were here, they helped Jay and I decorate for Christmas.  First stop was our rental cabin.

The  tree was left over from my days as a single gal living in my small City apartment.  Most of the lights were no longer working (we added a couple strands for the cabin) and it was far too short for the 10 foot ceilings in our house.  We purchased a bit of garland, a few bows and were done with the rental.

Now…on to our home.  I had originally purchased the tree below to replace it, not realizing it would also be far too small.  Now it is perched atop its storage container (covered cleverly by a blanket of “snow”) to elevate it – and make it the right height for our side neighbor to see. Last year at her Christmas party she told me how much she enjoyed it.

Last year during the after-Christmas sales, Jay and I purchased a 9′ beauty.  This is its Christmas debut in the Frugal family household.  Normally we have fun ornaments we’ve collected along the way.  This year I just wanted to keep it simple – just red and silver balls.

Our stockings hung by the chimney with care…
And what would Christmas be without the birth of my Savior?  Typically I don’t put him in the scene until Christmas eve.  Also, whenever my friend Kelly comes to visit, she moves the wise men to a different room – reminding me they weren’t in the picture until Jesus was a couple of years old.
I’ve also got a wreath on the front door, but I forgot to get a picture of it.  Oops!  Forgive me?
What’s your holiday decor style?  Do you go all out?  Do your neighbors think they live next to the Griswalds?  Or do you prefer a more simple approach?