Andy and I live in a log cabin on top of a giant hill. It's a wonderful place to live, especially at Christmas. There is so much scope for the imagination in a cabin at Christmas. Here is how we recommend wringing all the Christmas spirit out of your log-home.
1. Choose your aesthetic
My aesthetic is, and always has been, "Christmas paper chain." Christmas paper chains are cheerful, gaudy, and cheap. Basically everything I try to exemplify in life.
You make them while you watch a Christmas movie, and then you thumbtack them to your ceiling. If you are fortunate enough to live in a cabin, you hang them on random nails, your saws on the wall, and the horns of your taxidermy.
2. Make sure to get your taxidermy in on the action
Taxidermy kind of goes with the territory of cabins. In our small cabin alone we have a buck, a Canadian goose, a pheasant, and I believe a small antelope of some variety. They should be included no matter what your aesthetic (it's only polite) but it's especially easy if your aesthetic is Christmas chains and your animals have horns or antlers. Our buck, Aaron Rodgers, wears a Packers scarf all year round, but at Christmas he gets a Santa hat and a length of Christmas chain. If I were staying longer, I would for sure invest in tiny Christmas hats for the other animals. Probably also scarves.
3. Hang your stockings on your wood stove (that you never actually use because neither of you can figure it out)
Last year Andy was gone a lot of evenings, so I spent a lot of nights down at Joann's buying Christmas fabric, and then coming home and sewing while I watched Gilmore Girls on Netflix. It was not a bad life. I wound up making our stockings and tree skirt, and they aren't perfect, but they are chipper and definitely blend with the Christmas chain vibe.
4. Decorate your small tree
I insist on getting a live tree, but I am also cheap (see everything above), so we get a live four-foot tree. It turns out four-foot trees have other advantages than their frugality. They fit in the trunk so they are extremely easy to transport, and they are very easy to set up.
Currently we decorate our tree with white lights and our extensive ornament collections. We both have beautiful grandmothers who bought us ornaments for many years of our lives, and we've gotten some from friends and some together since we've been married. Basically, our tree is not very fancy, but it is chock-full of heartwarming mementos, and that is the way that I like it.
5. Hang your Christmas star in your front window
Our Christmas star we got in Norway is now operational (I had to buy a new lighting system so it could work in America). It might be my new favorite part of Christmas. I might leave it up all year round.
6. Blankets, Blankets, Blankets & Candles, Candles, Candles
Our cabin is a wee bit drafty, and as discussed above we've never figured out how to successfully operate our wood stove without smoking ourselves out, so blankets are both seasonal and very practical. And your cabin Christmas decor cannot include too many candles. They just bring that magic Christmas glow. But be sure to only burn candles when you are present, or that magic Christmas glow could consume your cabin real quick.
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, in your cabin, tree house, igloo, castle, houseboat, or wherever you may dwell!
P.S. If you are still looking for presents for bookworms, these are still good ideas!