I am late to the party—Susan's Deck the Halls Party, that is. The truth is that I haven't even started decorating yet.
We always travel to Arkansas over Thanksgiving weekend, so I'm never able to start my decorating until after we return, which usually isn't until Sunday evening. By then, I'm just too pooped and normally put it off until the first weekend in December, because I refuse to pull out anything having to do with Christmas until Thanksgiving is over.
On Black Friday, the "girls" made our annual trek to Frank's in Camden, Arkansas. Frank's wonderful nursery and gift shop is actually called Four Seasons, but we just call it Frank's. He always has a beautifully decorated mantel over a real wood-burning fireplace, and I get inspired just looking at the things in his store.
Claire and Kate couldn't resist these sprigs with the bright limey green foliage, a color that I'm seeing lots of this year.
I bought some new red ribbon so that I can retire my old bows. It's your typical red Christmas ribbon, except that is has scallops and stitching on the edges. I also bought some funky green ribbon that looks just like moss. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but it will definitely be used.
Earlier this week the stockings that I ordered for Lauren and Lucy arrived. Lauren is the newest grandchild, and Lucy will arrive in February.
So I guess it's time to get started. I think I'll tackle the mantel first.