Happy Birthday, K-Man!
I've done a lot of complaining about December already. Mostly because I hate the cold and the stress of December. But I LOVE the decorations. Through the years I have accumulated so much
I'm typically not a knick knack gal. I prefer clean lines with little clutter, but at Christmas, well, I display stuff. Lots of it. And I love it.
I have a giant tree in the sun room that is full of ornaments made by my kids through the years. There are also keepsake ornaments given to us as gifts on the tree. One of my favorite things while on vacation is to pick up an ornament for the tree. Cheesy? Maybe, but it sure does get us talking about our memories as we put them up. This year we remembered The Husband's grandma as we put up our collection of ceramic ornaments that she'd made. It's a beautiful tree:
*photo of the sunroom Christmas tree:
We have another tree in the living room. The kids call it 'mom's tree' because it's decorated with purple and gold ornaments. It's pretty and it matches the decor in the room, and I love it. But it's got none of the sentiment of the big tree. Having a fireplace is so much fun, our old house didn't have one. I love decorating it:
*photo of the fireplace in the livingroom with mom's tree next to it:
And then there's the Nativity Set. My mother-in-law gave me this set, and it's similar to the one my mom has displayed ever since I can remember. I display it on my piano, and the Angel got broken, so the angel we replaced it with doesn't quite fit the set scalewise, but it's still beautiful, and reminds us why we celebrate Christmas in the first place:
*photo of the Nativity Set:
My kitchen has room for some fun decorations too. I made a curtain that hides the garbage can out of an old Christmas table cloth, and our Christmas dishes are on display along with the cookie jar and a beautiful cookbook:
On the newly painted (shockingly) red wall, I have some snowman plates:
But my favorite decorations are the lights I have everywhere. I've got them strung on the staircase railing, piled in bowls, and placed in glass jars full of pine cones. I love the way they look at night!
*photo of a wine bottle with lights in it and a jar w/pinecones and lights:
*photo of a wooden bowl full of clear ornaments and white lights:
If all of these decorations won't get you in the Christmas spirit, I don't know what will. So tell me, what are your favorite Christmas decorating traditions?