As I sit here on a snowy Friday afternoon, home from work thanks to a severe 12-hour stomach bug, I realize that Christmas is only 10 days away. Disheartened by the thought at first, knowing that I won’t accomplish all the shopping, gathering, wrapping, cooking, visiting and general christmasing I’ve planned in that time. Also knowing that this is my last obligation free evening until after the holidays and it’s doubtful I’ll be able to pull off more than a trip to the drugstore (at least I can grab the candy canes I’ve been meaning to while there). I allow myself to freak out over this realization for a few minutes and then…I let it go. The theme to this year’s holiday season is adapting. I will adapt my expectations, my commitments, and my worry over not having the perfect presents (and presence) this year.At this moment, I’m doing my best to enjoy my surroundings: the fresh snowfall blanketing the landscape, the anticipation of seeing former speech students, home from college, at Saturday’s tournament, the scent of Fresh Balsam, Red Berries & Cedar and other festive candles lighting my house today (now that I’m no longer nauseous) twinkling lights and the lovely decor I’ve finally managed to set up this week, making my home a little more joyful.This is the first time we set the tree upstairs in the living room rather than downstairs in the rec room. It took some adjusting; it’s not a corner tree, yet it’s shoved into a corner, a few burnt out light strings led to an interesting experiment of outdoor lights rigged up to indoor strands. Also that lit snowflake is a window decoration, but it needed something to top it and somehow it works, kinda like Frankenstein’s Christmas tree monster. I love it!I delight in filling out my Buckingham Palace advent calendar scene, complete with marching guards, carolers and corgis. About five years old from Old Durham Road-English Country living catalog. Clearly, I did not adhere to the less-is-more-approach to decorating the piano top this year.
That is a screech owl wearing a top hat:) My antique ceramic tree is a favorite. Luckily, I found it adapts to 120 volt bulbs, apparently 130Vs are no longer produced. The cozy white cottages complete the snowy scene.The eclectic mix featured on the tree carries over to the copper candlescape tray with an assortment of ornaments, pine boughs, birch logs and candles. All presided over by Gandalf the Grey, the impish lil’ button-nosed gnome from The Little Green Bean. Her online shop is closed for the season but I have an inkling I’ll be adding more of Missy’s crafty creatures next year.The recycled book tree is from the Jolly Holiday Boutique. I keep a mostly white and neutral color scheme with pops of red. Pine cones and cardinals are favorites.I found a wonderful wood-burning artist on Instagram, Forage Workshop, featured in my gift guide for lovingly made ornaments, bowls and magnets from slices of salvaged wood. In September, Amy customized these cardinal Christmas ornaments for me with my brother’s initials set into the heart. I got them for family members and myself. They are so special it’s hard not to get emotional just thinking about them.
Thank you, Amy, for guiding me through the process with Etsy conversations. I know all of the recipients will cherish these as I do.♥
An extra sidecar tree sits atop the bay window, holding a little collection of The Christmas Story ornaments.The newest addition to my holiday decor is something I didn’t even know I needed; an adorable ornament ball ‘melter mat’ from the Paper Box Quilt Co. I require one for every season now, I think. Perfect under my jolly Santa warmer.Last, but never least in my family, a Peanuts display perched on a kitchen shelf. The Peanuts gang are a family Christmas tradition.
That’s the end of the tour, other than a few glass urns filled with ornaments, poinsettias and plenty more candles. I may need to consider downsizing a few items before next year. Do you go all out for Christmas? What color scheme fits your home; traditional, vintage, eclectic? Is anyone else as behind on Christmas to-do’s as I am?