We are not hosting any holiday gatherings this year - we will all be traveling to gather at our daughters' home in New Mexico - so my decorating was affected in a couple ways. Our home is small, and when we are planning to fill it with family, space becomes a factor in decorating. Since it's just the two of us this year, I found room for four Christmas trees.
There's the traditional tree in front of the living room window:
Ok, if we're going to discuss imperfect homes,let's pause for a moment and consider those ridiculous, too-short sheers on the window. The drapes and sheers were both purchased for our previous house that had transoms above the living room and dining room windows, so the sheers were hung lower to show them off. I re-purposed them in this house just to get the windows covered - and three years later, they're still there. It's time to shop the after-Christmas sales for some floor-length window coverings.
Back to the tree. Now that the children are grown and I don't decorate with their ornament collections, I went a little nutty at last year's post-Christmas sale at Hobby Lobby and loaded up on red, gold and aqua balls. When I reached this point in the decorating, Dave suggested that the tree was full. "But I still have more ornaments!" Once I stepped back a bit, I agreed that this tree was probably finished. On to the next one:
The second tree, in my sewing/crafting area in the basement (the "Mom-Cave", as Amanda calls it) is decorated with home-made decorations. Folded fabric trees, felt cardinals, paper pieced Santas, and origami ornaments from paper and fabric. (If you've never seen fabric origami, hang around because I'm planning to post about it - eventually.)
Tree #3 is in the kitchen - did I mention that Hobby Lobby had small ornaments on sale also? And yes, that is a Charlie Brown advent calendar and yes, I am the youngest one in the house. What's your point?
And then there's the retro-aluminum tree that I adore - complete with color wheel. The kids don't get it, but to me it's going to Grandma's house all over again. The only space left was the guest room, but since on one will be using it . . .
Once it was assembled, I realized that, even if no guests were using the room, we couldn't get to the closet. So I removed the branches from the back half of the tree and moved it against the wall. Brilliant! The tree skirt is actually a vintage apron.
The flip side of the no-guests Christmas is that, once the trees were up, I lost steam. Dragging out more boxes, unpacking decorations, repacking the usual decor and doing it all again in a few weeks didn't sound that attractive when no one was around to appreciate the effort. The Polar Express display, most of the Santa collection, the greenery and a dozen other misc. items are still in the storage room. I did break out the Charlie Brown tree and a few other favorites.
The nativity on the top shelf is one I ordered from the Sears catalog - back when they had a catalog. This is it's thirty-second Christmas - pretty remarkable that it's made all the moves without a chip. The nativity on the second shelf belonged to my mother-in-law - a gift from her 5th-grade son, who made it at school. Considering that son has been married to me for 32 years, it's even more remarkable that it's still around. A few of my favorite Christmas books, and Santas decorate the lower shelves and the buffet.
One more thing. In the picture of the CB tree, did you notice the little "snow girl" inside the cabinet? Years ago, a friend of Dave's mother made these ornaments, using Dee's grandchildren's pictures for the faces. It's hard to get a shot through the glass, but Mitch and Amanda are braving a blizzard of paper snowflakes.
That's it for the 2014 Holiday Home Tour. Thanks for stopping by. Stop by Teri's house and see how she's preparing for her crew to celebrate. Then post some pictures of your own holiday preparations and leave a link in the comments. We would really love to see how you decorate for the season. If you aren't up for pictures, tell us about your favorite holiday decoration.