A Merry Little Christmas in a Tiny House

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Happy Holidays! So much has happened in the past year and this teeny tiny home has taken us on quite the journey. I’m happy to report that all is merry and bright on our 2nd Christmas in the Tiny House.

As you know, we try to be eco-friendly with our electrical use, so for our holiday lighting we purchased solar-powered LED strand lights. Usually I’m an “all-white-Christmas-light-kind-of-girl,” but Guillaume convinced me to step outside of my comfort zone with colorful lights. I’m actually really happy with how they came out. It somehow seems more festive to have colored lights.

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We used five 20 foot strands of icicle lights to wrap around the eaves of the house and one 72 foot strand of fairy lights to decorate the porch, porch post and circle window. I wish I had a few more strands to wrap around all the windows and the dormers. I guess that will be the goal for next year!

We spent $115 on Christmas lights, which is more than I wanted to spend, but they work great. The tiny solar panels get enough sun to charge the LED strands, which turn on after sunset. They stay on for about 6-8 hours depending on the setting, which is enough time for me. We have some of the strands set to “blink” mode, which saves on battery and appears to make our home dance to Jingle Bell Rock.

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As for the interior, I kept it simple. I used one strand of LED battery powered lights to create a tiny wall-mounted Christmas tree.

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My mother decided to downsize her enormous Christmas decoration collection, so I grabbed a few ornaments and Santa Clauses to throw around the tiny house (thanks Mom). I’ll donate them after the holidays.

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Below is a photo of my favorite item that I scored from my mom’s collection – ski bum Santa! It’s perfect decor for our tiny home, considering we are parked near a ski resort for the winter season.

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How are you celebrating the Holidays?

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Salies says Merry Christmas!

23 thoughts on “A Merry Little Christmas in a Tiny House”

  1. So happy for you three!! my husband and I sold our 3200 sq ft. house and have a tiny house on wheels in the middle of the woods in upstate ny. would love it if/when you are on the road again, for you to “stop in” and visit. we will be traveling sometimes, but for the most part we will be spending our time in the woods. Life IS grand!!!!

  2. That’s awesome to hear! Glad you found us! We actually have another NEW show coming to HGTV, premiering on January 1st at 3pm EST / 2pm CST. It’s about our travels as we meet other Tiny Home owners on the road. We’re really excited about it. Check it out if you can. It’s called “Mighty Tiny Homes”

    1. Although I’m 68 yrs old, Widowed, with no children, I am an avid Tiny House lover! Don’t have one but I dream. I even have it all designed in my head and on paper. I am a disabled Sr. Citizen on Social Security. I presently live in about 600 plus square feet. Though I’ve been working at pairing down. Want Victorian style. Also hope to put it on a foundation as it is in the picture. Solar, Rain water collection & Filters. Only thing is I will need Sewer for body waste and Washer/Dryer brown water. I live in Knoxville, Tn 37918. Very small budget. Social Security is a limited income, as we all know. Wish there was a way I could share with you all stories & ask questions. Like the Tiny House Nation. Am looking forward to the new series on HGTV, Tiny House, Giant Journey. Good luck.

  3. Love what you’ve done for the holidays–I really like the simple tree on the wall. I’m also glad that things are going well for you in your tiny house. I first saw you on one of the HGTV tiny house shows going through the process of building your house on your own–quite a feat and very brave of you. But I didn’t know about your blog until today–glad I found it (through Kent Griswold’s “Tiny House Blog”). I would love to have a tiny house someday, but right now it’s just a dream–plus I’m close to 70, not exactly spry like you guys. Hope you’re having a peaceful and lovely holiday.

    1. That’s awesome to hear! Glad you found us! We actually have another NEW show coming to HGTV, premiering on January 1st at 3pm EST / 2pm CST. It’s about our travels as we meet other Tiny Home owners on the road. We’re really excited about it. Check it out if you can. It’s called “Mighty Tiny Homes”

  4. Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead from sunny Perth, Western Australia..love reading about your journey, It seems tiny houses are finding homes over here.

  5. Merry Christmas and I hope that both of you have a very blessed New Year!! I spent it with my family and had a wonderful time.

  6. Love tiny house. Have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year. Ever think of adding a tiny door to the bottom and using it to go ice fishing? That would be cool to be cooking dinner and catch a couple of fish right in the kitchen. No snow anywhere near Georgia this year.

  7. The wall tree is a cool idea but you didn’t mention after-season storage, aside from donating away some family ornaments. You’ve spoken before about giving something up for ever new purchase. Some of those kinds of things I now store as digital photos.

    Christmas can also be a time of excess – both food and more worrisome consumerism. Over the years, we’ve come to a nice place of moderation within my family. Some of the giving is named donations or holiday treats. Gift cards for services is cool too. And my sister got me a gift card for Kiva one year, something I’ve been reloaning for years since.

  8. Congratulations on finding a safe spot to land and very pretty lights. Love that your baby enjoyed the holiday. As you liked the outside lights so much-I am sure that you know, if you have any money left, that you could buy a few more sets on the after Christmas sales. I follow your blog religiously. AprilMae in North Carolina

  9. Merry Christmas, thanx so much for sharing. love the tree on wall. i did that one time.LOL. esp luv the ski bum santa. HO HO HO.

  10. Merry Christmas guys! I hope you have a fantastic holiday 🙂 I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks now and love all of your youtube videos on the tiny house tours. Keep up all of your fantastic work 😀

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