2020 Holiday Decor & Joyful Holiday Playlist

When I was a kid, we had a flocked Christmas tree. Our living room was peach and baby blue (anyone remember the 1980s peach and blue country decor?), and our Christmas tree matched. I did not grow up having red and green Christmas decorations, and I still don’t use the traditional colors in my holiday decor. I will always and forever love a flocked Christmas tree. My Christmas decorating style, overall, is modern and minimal. When I realized this Christmas would look a little different, and we probably wouldn’t be spending a few nights at my Mom’s house for Christmas as usual, I decided I wanted to purchase a new flocked Christmas tree and go all out with ribbons and decorations to enjoy while staying home. I found the perfect tree at Hobby Lobby. The branches are a little different than most other Christmas trees. It is heavily flocked, and I was drawn to how unique it was. It reminds me of an actual snow covered tree in the wild. I was also grateful to find that there was minimal shedding from the flocking. https://rb.gy/0b0vxg

While my mom is gifted at all things decorating, I know what I like, but I’m not always able to create it myself. I have good decorating vision but little actual crafting skill. My talented mother made the bows for the top of this tree. There are two-one on the front and one on the back, but I decorated the rest of it myself. After finding an inspiration tree on pinterest and watching a few Youtube tutorials on how to put ribbon on a tree, I successfully finished decorating the tree. Ribbon is quite simple to add and can create a dramatic effect.

This year, more than ever, I’m finding a deeper appreciation for holiday decorations and the joy and cozy ambiance they can bring to a home. Here’s a look at some of the other decorations we have this year.

Along with the decor, we have been enjoying holiday music more this year as well. With the help of recommendations from friends on facebook, I created a 2020 Joyful Holiday playlist from Apple Music. If you are an Apple music user, you can click the link here for the playlist: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/leslies-joyful-holiday-playlist/pl.u-aZb0gB5uPVBdgx

If you don’t have access to Apple music, here is a list of all the songs:

All I want for Christmas by Maria Carey

Run, Rudolph, Run by Jane Krakowski

White Christmas (Duet with Shania Twain) Michael Buble’

Santa Baby by Calista Flockhart

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Jack Johnson

Here Comes Santa Claus by Elvis Presley

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jane Krakowski

Little Drummer Boy by Pink Martini

Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry Be Happy by Pentatonix

O Tannenbaum by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Lea Michele

Frosty the Snowman by Brenda Lee

Jingle Bells by Gwen Stefani

My Favorite Things by Kelly Clarkson

O Holy Night by Celine Dion

Winter Wonderland by Leona Lewis

Silent Night (Feat. Reba mcEntire & Trisha Yearwood) by Kelly Clarkson

Feliz Navidad by Celine Dion

Jingle Bells (Glee Cast Version) by Glee Cast

Hallelujah by Pentatonix

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Dean Martin

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble’

Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Pentatonix

We Need a Little Christmas (Glee Cat Versino) by Glee Cast

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (feat. Frank Sanatra) by Kylie Minogue

Last Christmas by Arian Grande

Mistletow by Justin Bieber

Sleigh Ride by Idina Menzel

Merry, Merry Christmas by Koko Taylor

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by NSYNC

Cozy Little Christmas by Katy Perry

Santa’s Coming For Us by Sia

Christmas Every Day by David Archuleta

Winter Things by Ariana Grande

This Christmas by Pink Sweat$ & Donny Hathaway

Deck the Rooftop (Glee Cast Version) by Glee Cast

Holly Jolly Christmas by Michael Buble’

Skating by Vince Guaraldi trio

It’s the Most Wonderful Tie of the Year by Harry Connick, Jr.

Have Yourself A merry Little Christmas by Meghan Trainor

All I Want for Christmas is You by Michael Buble’

Boogie Woogie Santa Claus by Charle Brown

Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes

Holidays (feat. Earth, Wind, & Fire) by Meghan Trainor

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (feat. Meghan Trainor)

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey

Donde Esta Santa Claus by Augie Rios

White Christmas (feat. Christina Perry) by Ingid Michaelson

Mary, Did You Know by Pentatonix

O Holy Night (A Cappella) by NSYNC

Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte

May your holiday season be filled with peace, love, joy, music, and an appreciation of simple pleasures. The holidays may be different this year, but the magic of Christmas always exists.