Can somebody stop the clock! Just pause it for a few days, pretty please? I’ve been in full-blown Christmas decorating mode for over a week, minus a few days to host the stomach bug.
The week before Thanksgiving I thought everyone in blog-land was crazy for starting their Christmas decorating so soon. Ha! Joke’s on me! The only person in my house that ambitious is our 14-year-old son who has nominated himself as the family COE … Chief Outside Elf. He’s in charge of all things Christmas outside. Only an eight-day-shy-of-15 year old is crazy enough to scale a three-story house to put up lights. Me? I prefer to keep my feet at ground level.
So … how many large bins/containers in your house are earmarked “Christmas?”
Last count for me was 15, not including garland, some smaller boxes and a closet full of my Christmas village boxes.
Do you know how long it takes to unpack it all and decide where it will all go?
As a matter of fact, this year, I’d say almost half of it is going to have an extended rest. I’m erring on the side of “simple” this year.
Home For the Holidays
This week I’m joining 24 friends in our “Home For the Holidays” Tour. We have lots of holiday inspiration for you!
One of my delights at Christmas time is to decorate our bedroom and bathroom. Nothing over the top extravagant … just enough to welcome the season and bring some peace, hope, joy, and love into our place of rest.
One of the things that I have started doing this year is keeping my white matelasse quilt on our bed. It goes with everything! My foundation is set and I can quickly switch up everything else.
A couple of years ago I made this beautiful Christmas quilt. I never thought I’d finish all the hand applique. I got it done in time to send off to my sister-in-law to be quilted before the holidays. When I received it back and opened it, I was speechless. I think it is one of the most beautiful quilts she’s ever stitched.
I love how this quilt covers our bed with Peace, Hope, Joy and Love … wonderful reminders of what this season is all about.
A simple patchwork pillow reminds us of the beautiful Christmas carol … Silent Night … Holy Night.
My favorite holiday decor item is snowmen. They are all over my house. Every color, every shape. So it’s no surprise that I have a few in my bedroom.
I’ve carried the winter wonderland theme over to the bathroom as well. The pine cone garland brings a soft cinnamon scent to the room.
See those towels? Those are my “vintage” contribution. I made those for our first Christmas over 30 years ago. I think the towels came from Kmart and I added some cheap trim and lace to make them festive. Every year you’ll find them in one of our bathrooms as a reminder of where we started and that sometimes even the old, simple, handmade items of years gone by can still bring beauty today.
I hung a few more of my snowmen over the towels. Isn’t the stocking adorable?
A simple tree with a few ornaments, Santa and one of his reindeer, and a pitcher filled with poinsettias grace the vanities.
And although this star isn’t shining “brightly,” it reminds us of the star that shone brightly that night so many years ago when Christ, Our Savior was born.
Last week I shared our front porch and entry during the Welcome Home Tour. You can read that post HERE.
Over the next two weeks, I’ll be sharing a few more places in our home. You definitely won’t want to miss my Christmas village. This is the first time since we’ve moved that I’ve set up the whole village.
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