Christmas Vignettes

Merry Christmas Everyone!  I hope all of you are healthy and content in these tough times.  My sister passed away the beginning of November so I have been caught up in all that happens when someone you love dies.  It has been extra difficult because of all of the coronavirus rules in place but I am thankful that we were able to still have a small family celebration of her life.  I made a little ornament for Christmas using a few pieces of her jewelry.  She and I were jewelry fans!

I also added one of her ornaments to a pile of red and green ones.

I miss her so much!

I have been decorating my house over the last couple of weeks, finding it’s a good distraction!  I thought I would share a few of the nooks and crannies of my house.  Every year I add an ornament or two or three… but mostly I just reuse what I have or make.  I hope you enjoy the tour!

My mantel is all about gold this year.  I brought out my collection of brass candlesticks.  The “collection” is starting to get quite large as it is almost irresistible to avoid purchasing them in thrift stores when they are only a dollar or two.

This year I made a couple of little snow scenes in salt shakers. So far, I have just added a tree to some sugar but I think I have some mini snowmen someplace that I will add. This was an idea I found online and it was so easy.

My stockings now have to be hung in two places.  I hang some at the mantel and now some under this window in our sunroom.  All of them are knit stockings which I love for how cozy they look!

When I was a little girl, we had this Little Golden book.  I don’t know where that copy is, but I found this one in Round Top, Texas.  It brings back so many memories for me, studying the beautiful artwork.  This typewriter was the perfect place to display it for this season.

Outside, the décor hasn’t changed much except for the addition of the birch logs in the milk can.  And the funky Christmas tree made by a local teen.   

My hand painted village is a staple every year.  The grandkids love the “hide the snowman” game.  And as long as they are willing to play, I am willing to play!

I have a few wreaths out this year.  My pompom one I made a few years ago.  The faux cedar one.  And the one above the mantel made from ornaments glued to a form.  Each different and each beautiful.

Our live tree is huge this year! Or at least, huge for us! I love the coloured lights and the wide assortment of ornaments, many of them with memories attached.

Of course, all of my nativity scenes are out.  What a beautiful reminder of what is the most important, beautiful, loving, and awe inspiring part of Christmas.  Where would we be without the arrival of Jesus?     

How has decorating gone for all of you?  Are you a minimalist or are you all about the glitz?

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