Whew! I have finally gotten my home decorated for Christmas. It has been a long process this year, for a number of reasons, but at least this part of the preparations is finished. I wasn’t too bothered by the delay since we will be at home for the holidays. Yaay!
This box sat in my entry hall for almost a week.
A “display” of Christmas decorations waiting to be placed.
I love vintage-style ornaments and decorations.
Several of my favorite ornaments survived from my childhood like this Santa. I guess it actually is vintage.
Does that mean that I’m vintage?
I love the idea of air stream trailers but I’m not sure living in one in the snow would be quite as cozy as this pillow suggests.
My real passion is tartan (and not just for Christmas decorations). I suppose it has something to do with my Scottish ancestry but, whatever the reason, I am mad for plaid as is evidenced here.
My new favorite Christmas decoration is the “Joy” banner my friend Elisabeth Hunter made for me–tartan fabric, of course. She is one of the few people who truly gets my obsession for all things tartan.
Mantle with greens, candles and tartan joy
Joy up close
You will notice in the creche below that the baby Jesus is not included. He won’t make his debut until Christmas morning. We also don’t place the three wise men at the manger until Epiphany on January 6th. We move them around the house to symbolize their journey to the Christ child. I included them in this photo because it looked too sparse without them.
One of our most treasured items for Christmas is the Advent stockings I made for my daughter when she was two years old.
Handmade Advent stockings hanging
Small additions and repairs have been made over the years.
Throughout the year I find little things to put in each stocking. I also include a Bible verse. Even at 17, my daughter still loves the tradition of opening one stocking each morning for the 24 days leading up to Christmas.
Somehow I even managed to decorate the front porch this year.
“Santa please stop at my house”
This wreath is made from preserved boxwood. I bought mine locally for Christmas 2012 and it is still just as lovely. Click here if you want to learn how to preserve boxwood.
Now that the decorating is done, I have to finish my shopping, start baking and wrap all of my presents . . . .
Oh, and maybe I will make some time for this as well.
Home for the Holidays
What are your favorite decorations and traditions for Christmas?
Wishing you a joyous and peaceful Christmas!
G L O R I A