Anyway, enough of the spiritual pontification, and onto the DIY ramifications :) We have a small space so I try not to go too overboard with decorations, but here's what I ended up with this year:
A medium-sized tree in the corner of the living room, plus lights behind the sheer curtains to add some extra sparkle: (pardon the dim lighting, but I took it at night so the Christmas lights are visible)
A Christmas mantle:
A Christmas-y vignette on the dresser in the study:
Something small next to the TV stand:
And a wreath on the front door:
This is a plain wreath from Michael's (for $5.99) -- I added some cloth flowers and then used a gold ribbon to hang it over the door.
It's nothing dramatic, but it certainly makes things feel cozier as the temperature outside plummets and the sun sets before 4:30pm (yesterday it set at 4:11pm...). Stay warm everyone!