Well, mostly it's finished. My Christmas decorating has been dragging on for two weeks now, and there finally comes a time to call a halt. The angel that I bought from a local crafter at the Inverness Elementary School craft show about 20 years ago is sitting atop my tree. For the past several years she was hiding somewhere in that mess that I call an attic, but she resurfaced a few weeks ago.
This new ornament that my sister-in-law Susie gave me…
…has joined some old favorites like this elf that Ben made in first grade.
The 11 stockings that are hanging on my mantel have set the tone for my decorating scheme. Besides, what says Christmas any better than red, white and green? The greenery is a combination of artificial and live things. In fact, the magnolia leaves already need replacing, so I'm sure I'll be raiding my neighbor Susie's yard before too long.
I've put this nativity set that I painted at least 30 years ago on the coffee table so that it will be within easy reach of the grandchildren when the arrive. If they're like my boys, they'll have lots of fun rearranging all of the pieces.
My small collection of lighted houses is arranged on the buffet.
I don't buy a piece unless it "speaks" to me. The Beaumont Inn was my first house, an obvious choice. It was joined by Newport School (LBeau's hometown), Camden General Store (my hometown), Walker's Department Store (my maiden name and my grandson's name) and Claire's Card Shop (my daughter-in-law). I'm going to have to make room for Lucy's Chocolate Shop, which is on the way. If anyone knows of something for Katie, Lauren, Brent, Hunter or Ben, please let me know.
These cute vases with a few sprigs of berries and greenery, decorate the dining room table. I wanted something simple so that we wouldn't have trouble talking to each other when we have our Christmas dinner.
I first saw these vases on the table at my sister's condo in Destin. When I asked her where she got them so that I could buy some for myself, she shared her secret. If you look closely, you'll see that they're really Petron tequila bottles. So she made friends with a bartender who's been saving these for her, and I'm now the proud owner of five of these special vases. The addition of a few candles gives everything a warm glow.
My three French hens sit proudly on my sideboard (the greenery is real, the berries are not)…
So I guess I'm ready, or as ready as I'm going to get. Except there are still packages to wrap and Christmas cards to mail. But hey, I'm making progress.
But before I do anything else, I'm going to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what's going on on Metamorphosis Monday. You should pay her a visit too.
You also should visit Kellie’s Korner for more Christmas decor at her Christmas Tour of Homes.