Break out the Christmas music, hang the mistletoe, bake some cookies, put in the “It’s a Wonderful Life” DVD, and get ready to deck the halls because it’s Christmas in July at 7th House on the Left!

Yes, it’s supposed to look like a cheesy, Photoshopped Christmas scene. So don’t hate : )

Over the next few days, we’re going to talk about ways to gear up for the Christmas season. Sure, it’s a little early, but people wait until the last minute every year, and there’s no better way to fight procrastination than a little pre-work and planning. We’re going to talk about thoughtful think ahead gift ideas, do some DIY projects, and generally try to inspire you to plan ahead for a season that should be filled with joy, family, and friends – not stress. We’re hoping that by doing some of these things earlier in the year, we (and you) will be able to take more time to simply enjoy the season.

eclectic christmas tree

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, our first thought is the tree. It’s the focal point of our holiday decor, and it sets the tone for the rest of the house. Ideas for Christmas tree decorations actually start trickling in the back of my mind around this time of year. Early? Absolutely! But I’m a planner, and I love Christmas! Last year, by Christmas time, we were knee-deep in boxes and didn’t get a chance to decorate much, aside from the tree and a wreath on the front door. Even though we aren’t “done” with any of our rooms, the boxes are (mostly) gone, and I’m super excited about decorating for Christmas this year.

eclectic christmas tree

Some people like to change their Christmas tree from year to year, but we’ve used the same decorations for the past three years. Our tree, which is on the eclectic side of things, has a combination of silver, gold, bronze, red and a smidgen of white. And lots of glitter. Lots. When it comes to Christmas tree decorations, the more glitter – the better. I love how the white lights make the glittery decorations shimmer and bounce the light around the room.

Every year, we switch it up a little here and there. A few years ago, we added black and white photos a la Pottery Barn, and it looked pretty cool. This past year, Greg thought it would be cool if we used antique cameras instead…

We liked this addition so much, I think we’re going to bring it back this year. Another thing we’d like to do is add more white to the mix. I think it would really bring out all of the white accents we have going on in the room. Yeah, the Christmas wheels in my brain are warming up now!

Since I was already on the Christmas tree train of thought, I thought I’d put together a few mini-mood boards for different Christmas tree styles. These are just small collections of ornaments and other decorations that might look good together. Hopefully one of these will inspire you to go ahead and get some new ornaments or decorations now (while some are on sale!), rather than waiting ’til the last minute.

jewel tone christmas tree

peacock round glass ornament, silver + gold snowflake, green spike ball, white + silver glitter flower ornamentturquoise teardropfuchsia teardrop, glitter peacock, shiny green glitter scallop glass ornament

natural rustic christmas ornaments

mini brown owl ornament, snow branchgold + silver sunflowerwren feather clip, venetian design ornamentbrown pinecone ornament, birds nest, mistletoe glass ornament

modern whimsy christmas decorations

red ball spray, mirror ball ornament, green snowflake flower ornament, clear snowflakes, whimsical polka dot stocking ornament, circles teardrop ornamentraz red + white ball garland

So what about you? When do you start thinking about the Christmas tree? Do you have go with a theme? Do you use the same ornaments every year or like to change it up? Have any Christmas planning tips? Share them in the comments section… Come back tomorrow for another dose of Christmas in July!