Monday, December 01, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I should say it's beginning to look somewhat like Christmas, since I wasn't able to finish my Christmas decorating this weekend. You could say, in a way, that my Saturday went to the dogs... but more about that tomorrow (that's what you call a cliff-hanger; I know you're all breathless with anticipation;).

Until a few years ago (maybe 4 or 5) I really didn't have that many Christmas decorations. I guess having babies, and being very sick during the whole process, made me feel like getting a tree up was a big enough accomplishment.... and it was. But between those after-Christmas clearance sales, and the thrift store, I've managed to accumulate quite a bit in the last few seasons. I admit I haven't the patience to decorate with anything that takes much work to arrange or put together; I do my quick switch of the season, and then it has to carry it's own weight;)

Anyway, here are some simple-but-homey Christmas decorations. With commentary of course:)

This Snowman is one of my favorite decorations. He's actually a ceramic bathroom trash receptacle I came across at the thrift store, but I thought he would look adorable holding some holiday greenery. I need to get a few more sprigs to fill him out.

My middle child loves nutcrackers, so we both keep an eye out for a new one to add to the collection each year. One of the books here is called the ADVENTure of Christmas. It has some wonderful ideas for activities with kids, I'm hoping to be able to do many of them this holiday season.

I love the brassy colors of this Yankee candle wick lamp; now if I could only figure out how to light it..;)

I dearly love small blankets and throws like this one. They seem to be considered a little old-fashioned nowadays. Which is fine with me; it means I am able to find beautiful ones for every season at the second-hand store.

My favorite shelf

The kid's big, comfy chair. This blanket is sooo soft. It's the perfect snuggling spot.

I haven't quite decided where to put this nativity scene. It's made by Avon, and I simply fell in love with it when I came across it at an after-holiday sale.

When I found a set of 4 Debbie Mumm snowflake plates at Goodwill, I had no idea how much they cost originally. Would you believe a set of 4 of these is selling on Ebay for around $40! Unless my math is wrong, that $10 a plate-wow! I'm going to be hunting for more this year (at a hopefully more reasonable price).

More nutcrackers standing guard.

Okay... who called in the military? Obviously, this was one of the boy's idea of decorating the base of the tree, lol. It's not sticking around, I assure you.

I was leaning towards getting a real tree this year, but we decided to wait til next year. I tried with and without the flash, but for some reason I can't get the lights to show up very well for the picture. The kids loved decorating it as usual. And the Princess has a little bag for myself already setting under the tree... I wonder what it could be? :)

And now is the perfect time to mention that my dear blogging friend Nikki (of Nikki's Notes) is having a Christmas giveaway. She loves to crochet, and I've been envying her finished projects for a while now. Especially the poinsettia-themed items... which just so happens to be the giveaway item this time. So be sure to stop by her blog and leave a comment. And if it just so happens that a poinsettia design would totally clash with your Christmas decor (okay, I know that's stretching it a bit) tell her to forward it to me if you should happen to be the lucky winner. Because she's assured me that she will not be taking any bribes... not that I would ever consider doing such a thing;)

Now I have to go restart my Nat King Cole Christmas CD. The kids are getting just a little tired of it, but I never will. And it's common knowledge that Mom's vote counts the most, lol.

Have a great Monday~


Angela said...

Okay you may see this comment twice because the first time I was logged into an account that I only use to try new colors and stuff...sorry!

Very nice decorations! Your tree looks really nice...even if the lights don't show up well in the picture. I am sooooo hoping that we get our decorations up tonight.

Just a question...back in October (I didn't just remember -- I looked :) you wrote a post wishing the Professor a Happy 11th Birthday. Are you going to update his age on the side of your blog? Not that it really matters that much...but you know me :)

MyKidsMom said...

Hahaha... Angela, you are SO funny! I would be more than happy to change it (just for you;). Thanks for pointing it out:)

Mrs. Darling said...

The angel has met with disaster. Evil abounds and now she has been beheaded for all she stands for. Its a sad day in chrisendom.

On another front, photographing a Christmas tree has got to be the hardest thing I ever did. Do ya do it with lights on or off, night time or day time, backwards or forwards, frontways or sideways, up close or far away. Its a real dilema I can assure you. I cant however assure that I spelled dilema correctly; dilemma, dilema, oh well some say tomotoe and some say tomato.

By the way can we change the date to tomorrow? I forgot I had a hair appointment Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. Darling said...

Okay I enlarged the pic and now I see that the angel has only had the top of her head scalped. She still has her eyes which is a good thing.

MyKidsMom said...

You were talking about MY angel? You know what they say about people who ramble on (and happen to also be of increasing years)...LoL.

The kids have class at noon and 1:15 tomorrow. Is your hair appointment all day... must be nice;) Hahaha

Nikki said...

Everything looks so good! I think I will keep an eye out for Christmas decorations this year because I would like to decorate more than I do. I would really like a centerpiece for the table, but they are SOOOO expensive. Maybe I can find one at Goodwill.

Nikki said...

Oh, and you are now entered twice which means that you have twice the odds of winning that anyone else has.

MyKidsMom said...

Is there anything I can do to up those odds? hahaha:)

I'm trying to figure out a giveaway for this month. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe some Christmas-themed books, or a decoration... I'm open to ideas.

Kaye said...

Wow...I am so lax in getting decorations up this year. This past weekend we were traveling, so they won't be up until next weekend, but we'll hopefully have two trees up again this year (last year was the first time in years that we only had one).

Merry Christmas!

By the way...go check out this post for some great family ideas!

Nikki said...

I think you should give away something you already have on hand or that you can get pretty cheaply. Christmas-themed would be great, but I don't think you should spend a lot. But that's just me. I already had the yarn for my coasters; it just took a little time to make them.

MyKidsMom said...

There are so many nice Christmas items at the thrift store right now, some brand new in packaging. And I just so happen to have credit there. So I was thinking of maybe a book or an ornament. Something along those lines. I never spend much on my giveaway items because I also have to pay for the shipping, which can really add up sometimes.

Nikki said...

Let's see, since I would like to win your give-away, I think I would prefer a book. I love books! Did you know that?

MyKidsMom said...

Okay. I'll hunt for the perfect book:)

Niki said...

Looks so homey and comfy. We did get a real tree this year but I am on the fence. They are a great deal of the stems droop with heavy ornaments.

Vivian said...

very pretty...i love the lamp!
have a wonderful christmas!

Speaking from the Heart said...

Your house looks beautiful.

molytail said...

Beautiful decorations! I love that comfy looking blanket with the gingerbread men on it, and the army vehicles are very Christmas-y. *grin*

Me! said...

I could take a book and some christmas cookies and snuggle up in that chair w/ the blanket and tree pillow! Looks so comfy! Have a wonderful Christmas.