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~