|the view from our breakfast room|
The snow began to fall during breakfast while we were watching Dr. Charles Stanley on TV, as per our usual Sunday morning routine before we go to church. It had been predicted so this was no surprise. We just dressed warmly for church and left a little early to get there. This was the Sunday we had been asked to read the Advent scripture and light one of the candles, so we didn't want to be late for that.
|Christmas tree in the master bedroom|
|Christmas tree in the guest room|
|Freddie sits in the guest room waiting for our son and his wife to arrive|
We decorate with both serious and whimsical designs. I have never outgrown my love for dolls. Back in the mid-eighties I sewed Cabbage Patch Kids for my children and made one for myself.
|We have a lot of handmade items|
This picture features one of 4 felt elves my mother made for us as a gift the year we got married, a stitchery NOEL from a dear friend who is now deceased, and a quilted table runner I made from the Minnesota Hot Dish pattern. The wall quilt is an Irish Chain, my favorite "go to" quilt pattern. I have made many variations of Irish Chain over the years.
|door knob decor|
|Our stockings are hung in the hall with care, with hopes that St. Nicolas soon will be here|
We don't hang our stockings on the mantel because the fireplace can melt any chocolate Santa might bring! By the way, remember that red elf in a previous picture? This photo has another one, this time in green felt. He appears to be dozing, his head is flopped over onto his chest!
|Electric candles with one of our Nativity sets in the dining room|
I love the electric candles that are becoming so popular! Each year I buy a couple more of them. They are battery-operated with a small switch on the bottom side of the candle. I really like not having to worry about dripping wax or an unattended candle causing a fire. These candles even have a timer feature in them, although I have not taken advantage of that yet.
|Dining Room, View Number One|
We seldom eat in our dining room, but for the holidays, we enjoy our company around this large table.
|Dining Room, View Number Two|
Angels decorate the tree in the corner with a start at the top and a Nativity scene at the base. The star quilt is from a Log Cabin pattern by Eleanor Burns at Quilt in a Day. I can't find a link to this specific pattern, but here is the link for the Quilt in a Day site: http://www.quiltinaday.com
|Dining Room, View Number Three|
We had a tall piece of furniture on the left wall until yesterday, with that sign above it. Now that the furniture has been rearranged, I've got a big blank space on the wall. But I'm in no hurry to pound in another nail there.
|An easy centerpiece|
All women should have glass flower vases on hand for when somebody brings them flowers (in more than one size, depending on the size of the bouquet!). They are also useful for Christmas balls at this time of year -- a very easy centerpiece!
|Knit stocking from Crate and Barrel for silverware or candy canes|
I wonder how many of my readers who got married in the 70s have dishes like this? They have a Currier and Ives picture that I enjoy so much.
|the ever-growing snowman collection|
While my granddaughters and great-nieces are delighted with the princesses from the Frozen movie, Olaf the snowman (far right with the orange carrot nose) delights me!
|Cross stitch of NOEL with a peppermint alphabet|
Oh how I wish I still had the time and eyesight for more cross stitch! I do love it so.
|Christmas dishes at the ready on the counter|
None of my dishes are expensive. A few years ago Beloved bought for me two boxed sets of Poinsettia dishes from Walmart and I just love them. The solid red ones are from Pier One. The plate rack is from a second-hand store.
One of my bridesmaids gave us this teddy bear cookie jar as a wedding gift. He seldom holds cookies any more, but he is a constant companion in the kitchen.
|a wedding gift from 44 years ago (later this week!!)|
|Christmas towels on the oven door handle|
While I love to sew embellishments on towels for holidays throughout the year, I don't actually use them for anything but decor!
|the corner of a table topper made in 2004. I made a similar project for my sister that year|
|wreath hanging on the pantry door|
|hauling the Christmas tree|
This truck was a fun find at Hobby Lobby last summer. It normally sits on the fireplace mantel with something appropriately seasonal in the back of it. One of the Nativity sets is on the mantel this month, so the truck is on a lamp table instead. The cute little tree was one of the centerpieces from the Ladies' Christmas Event at church. I was blessed to win this one as a door prize.
|Diana made this tree for me|
|Beloved's childhood Santa doll|
|red wood Christmas card basket|
|scenes depicting the real meaning of Christmas, |
cross stitch ornament from my Atlanta friend, Be
Post script: If you get bogged down during the holidays (and let's be honest, that's not unusual), you might want to watch the movie trailer for Frozen. It makes me laugh out loud with delight at the lines and the animation.
Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbQm5doF_Uc