Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas, to You!

We’re down to the wire now!  Are you excited?  Overwhelmed?  I’m a bit of both, to tell you the truth.  I am attempting to squish my natural Mary personality, and trying to follow Martha’s example instead! 

I’m really into decorating for Christmas this year!  I can’t stop!

For this go round, we have a full sized tree and another small one in our foyer, a full sized one in our “music room” and the largest in our family room. 

Christmas Foyer

Do you wonder why there aren’t any gifts under our trees?  Because I haven’t wrapped any yet!  More on that later…

 stairway and Christmas tree
This is the mantle in our family room, which came from a home built in the 1800’s.  I often wonder what were Christmases like for those who gathered around it in olden times.

Christmas Mantle
Mostly, I keep the decorating classic, but there are a few whimsical touches. 

Christmas ornaments and candle on mirror
I placed several odds and ends on a mirrored tray that used to sit on my mom’s dresser - a glass container of brightly colored Christmas bulbs, a lighted Christmas village house, a Yankee Candle, and a snowman snow globe, warms the foyer powder room in an unexpected way.   

Christmas Teddy Bear in Stocking
A mohair teddy bear makes us girls happy.  He’s all nestled inside a Christmas stocking hanging on French doors which open up to our Christmas memory tree.  It’s full of keepsakes that we hold dear from many past Christmases.

Christmas Memory Tree
One year when my youngest was outgrowing toys, but at that in-between age, we gave her a large collection of Christmas village items, which graces our kitchen this year.

She delights in setting it up each December, and it all gets more special to us with each passing Christmas.

Thus far, the moments spent relaxing with the family, or curling up with a cozy Christmas book and a stack of Christmas cookies have been the most special.

Book and Christmas Decorations

Now about those unwrapped presents - we’ve ordered a good many gifts online for each other, so a pile of shipped packages have arrived.  Trouble is, none of us can sort through or open them without potentially ruining surprises because we don’t know which belongs to who…  We didn’t think of that, but obviously should have!  :) On the bright side, the laughs about our predicament will add to our memories! 

The True Meaning of CHRISTmas
And on the brightest side, not the packages or decorations, not the traditions or lights, not even the fond memories could compare to what we are celebrating – who He is and what He did.

 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Well, dear reader, “although it’s been said many times, many ways,” 



Billie Jo said...

Oh my!
How I enjoyed sharing your beautiful Christmas home!
Everything is so lovely and festive.
I would be snuggled with a book and some cookies as well!
Thank you for sharing!
And blessings for a wonderful Christmas season. : )

Stephanie said...

Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend! Your home is warm, beautiful, and charming - a place I know your family enjoys because of your sweet love :)

I am so thankful for the birth of our precious Savior and it's a joy to my heart to be able to celebrate His birth! Have a blessed Christmas. Hugs!

Jazzmin said...

How charming and beautiful your decorations are!! Your home is the picture of elegance and coziness, the perfect combination of the two. How loving and a godly example you are in creating such a beautiful environment for your family, adding only extra joy to this already wonderful season for all of you. I love your village most, how old-fashioned and pretty it is.

I hope you have a most blessed holiday and beginning of the new year!
God bless you♥

sandy said...

Well, I should have seen this BEFORE Christmas it is so beautiful and inspirational! You have a lovely home and lots of memory making decorations! I hope you were able to figure out the gift thing, but you're right it just adds to the fun memories!

Diane said...

Happy New Year to you!!!

Just wanted to let you know - you've been in my thoughts, too.

D : )

Pam said...

Such beautiful Christmas decorations, Mrs.Smith! And so beautifully photographed too. I have been out of the blogsphere for a while and am catching up. I have missed my "blog buddies" so much. Hope all is well with you!

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