Saturday, December 5, 2009

Decking the Halls

When I was growing up, decorating for Christmas was an Olympic event. My mom has SO many Christmas decorations, and she has a stack of pictures to help her remember where each thing goes...even the "centerpiece" on the toilet!!!!! Our black lab even had a Christmas collar with holly berries on it. It was very fun, very festive, and an all-day event.

Our house is kind of small, so it clutters very easily. Christmas decorating doesn't take all that long in my little 1940 Cape Cod, but it sure is fun. I just have a few little areas that I jazz up, and I like to enjoy the details. And I REALLY love glitter!!

Here are some fun closeups of my faves from the tree (LOVE my snowflake garland I got several years ago at Crate & Barrel!)...




I have to interrupt my reverie here to let you know that as I write this, it's snow-globe snowing outside!! I'm like a little kid when it starts snowing like that!!

Last year we bought a hutch at a cottage-antique store, which we use as a book shelf and game storage. I found this decorative berry thingy in Shipshewana for 50% off, and I bought the star lights several years ago at Target.



I kind of invented this centerpiece in the kitchen...Matt says it looks like a scary octopus, but I don't care. It's glittery.



My grandpa made the little wooden mailbox for me when I was a really little girl. I love pulling it out each year and thinking of him. It's so simple, but so special to me.

And finally, the best part of Christmas decorating...


Need I say more??

Soak in the Christmas season...not the presents, not the decorations, not the commercials, not being merry and happy and trivial...but soak in Him.

Merry Christmas...

4 comments:

sarah.simpson said...

Very nice Jenny...love the decorations (especially the mailbox)and the vision of you inside the snow globe. Saw GR on the news last night..scarey snow on the highway.

une autre mère said...

So fun and cute! I'm jealous of your creche... I NEED that... well, maybe I just want it... I probably could live without it, but my poor nativity looks so forlorn all by itself with no creche. I keep thinking that Chad will make me one (in all of his spare time, of course)!

Thanks for sharing your pics! Wish I could see it all in person. ;) And thanks too for the reminder of the real reason we celebrate. I guess the creche isn't so important after all...

The Adamski Family said...

Very cute. I just bought some ornament words similar to that Peace word you have. They are very glittery and all different words and colors. Target of course, $2 each.

The Smith Family said...

Jennymark! Your pics are adorable...wish I could come right over and enjoy your cozy, cute home in person with you! I love you, sweetheart. It warms my heart when I read your blog.