ALL DRESSED UP FOR CHRISTMAS...WARNING THIS POST MAY MAKE YOU JINGLE!
Christmas will be here in just 11 days! It seems no matter how early I prepare the days just fly by. I have had the house ready since the second week of November and I have loved every minute of this Joyous Season, even though it feels like Spring outside.
The Christmas Faerie has sprinkled her festive dust on every inch of the farmhouse. Old blends with new like my Grandmothers Reindeer with my new vintage Christmas house. HomeSense has a fabulous selection of decorative boxes and I like to just have them on display, I do fill them with extra batteries and voltive candles so they are handy, I go through a lot of these during the holidays.
I get such joy out of opening the Christmas Cupboard every year and taking out the decorations. Sometimes I forget what I have so it is always a nice surprise. The one constant is the Mistletoe I bought the year we married. It is a little worse for wear but I love it . Luka even got into the spirit, he surpervised the decorating of the kitchen from his perch on the table.
My Christmas "Bible" has a prominent place in the kitchen. I love to sit with a hot cup of coffee and a little treat and read through Nigella Lawson's Christmas book, it has such lovely photos, recipes and her family stories. The little Noel Angels and the Red Christmas Girl were in my Grandmother's kitchen for as long as I can remember. For years they sat with us and I was the one who broke the "L" on the Noel when they came to live with me. Oh well, my granddaughter will continue the tradition one day and that will be her story.
Even the bathroom with it's festive Pink ceiling is bursting with Christmas Cheer. That ceiling is such a hit everyone just loves it expecially our little sweetheart, she wants her ceiling that colour, we have compromised by telling her we will paint the inside of her new playhouse we are building her that Raspberry Pink . They do such a nice job with recreating vintage ornaments now, the garland on the mirror is new but looks so old as does the domed Christmas scenes.
The front room and diningroom are a combination of my decorations and my Grandmother's, which I treasure. I cannot believe all of those glass ornaments survived from the 1940's. I fill a tray and set a little tree in the middle on top of her old Nova Scotia dresser, her larger ornament hang above the bookcase and her paper mache stars hang in the windows. They are joined by the little mouse our son made in school, my handmade snowman and my little brush tree in a wooden spool. My stockings are hung awaiting Santa's return, the jolly little snowman are dancing with anticipation and my Wndow Christmas Card holder is slowily filling up.
The grand finale in the family room is our beautiful tree. She stands proud with my little Tomte (Norwegian gnome) looking on. The new windows look lovely with the paper stars as do the other windows with the lighted Swedish stars.
So many warm memories as I look around this room. My little Santa Head tree is one of the first I bought when our son was little. I have a lot of small trees around the house, he had one is his bedroom and now his children do too. I love this little Santa he reminds me of the one on the old animated Christmas show. Another little tree holds my Grandmother's miniature ornaments.
The sign is hung in the yard so Santa won't miss us and my little elf slippers are waiting in the chair. During the hustle and bustle of the last weeks before the big day I hope you take the time to enjoy the decorations and also .......