As a child I dreaded putting Christmas decor away. Not because of the work (I think my parents did all the work), but because I just didn't want it to be over! Our decor stayed around for several weeks after Christmas and my mom transitioned our one artificial tree in the dining room to a Valentine's Day tree with heart ornaments!
As an adult, as much as I absolutely ADORE Christmas and Christmas decor, I also readily embrace January and fresh, clean, bright, new starts. The past two years, I've had Christmas packed up and put away before the New Year, but last year I was really determined to figure out some "January Decor." When it gets a bit closer to spring and Easter, I have decor that I love for the whole spring season. Summertime, I have a huge "flow" of mercury glass, sand, shells and all things beachy to pretend we live closer to the water! In the fall (technically from August-October) I decorate for the whole harvest season. However, for some reason with winter, we have Christmas decor and as soon as Christmas has come and gone (really at the start of the winter season), it all gets put away.
I realized last year that I could pull things from my Christmas decor that were really more wintery and could work through Valentine's Day (after Valentine's Day, I transition to Spring/ Easter). It was a bit of picking and choosing--I do have a lot of Christmas decor after all. I felt like a lot of my silver trees and deer could work (and technically they could), but I kept standing back to take it all in and they were still reading Christmas to me.
I wanted to put away the "crowded" feeling of Christmas, but still have decor that has the warm glow to keep you warm and cozy inside on blustery days and to add a little magic to the winter season! The best part is that you can probably shop post Christmas sales and pick up some great winter decor for 70% off this week! Here are a few pictures for inspiration. These are vignettes I did on my formal dining room table, buffet, living room and fireplace mantle. I'll add a few Valentine's Day elements in, in a few weeks.