I haven't done a lot of posting lately. We've been pretty slammed with weird, strange, and downright bad news over the past few weeks. The loss of my mother-in-law last week has proven to be quite an emotional challenge, to say the least.
We have managed a little Christmas cheer, but nothing like our normal. We usually buy a real tree, but pulled out an old, very artificial tree from the attic instead. It's looking a little like A Charlie Brown Christmas around here.
The branches are a little flimsy, so I had to use my less sentimental ornaments. I don't want to risk losing those special memories. (I wrote all about that a couple of years ago.) Except for the kissing angels from our wedding cake. Those are front and center EVERY year. No matter what. I used my filler ornaments this year. I like them. It's just a little....generic, I guess. I added some plaid ribbon and some gold lame' ribbon I found at the thrift store.
In all seriousness, it's a nice tree. I'm thankful for it and for what it represents to me.
Here's a clearer shot taken last week with a smiling, brand new 7-year-old.
This fun and sparkly snowman was found in the trash. (I am not above sending a husband or child on a little dumpster diving expedition.) All it needed was a new bulb. The fiber optics add a nice touch.
I love nativity sets and have several. I don't have room to display them all, so I choose a few each year. I also have a collection of village pieces, but with all these boys and the new grandson to boot, I don't dare display them. :) I'm probably pushing my luck with these beauties...
Our mantel is Chrismas Central. This is where the action is. I'm ho-ho-hoping it is strong enough to hold the goodies in all these stockings this year!
I added a few of my Santas and some more plaid ribbon and a framed print-out I found on Pinterest. (Don't you just love Pinterest???)
I planned to monogram our stockings,
but I just don't have it in me this year.
Maybe next year?
For now, paper tags will do the job.
And finally, I added some gold ornaments to my old wreath and jazzed up the front door.
You know.....it's not over-the-top,
but it really is looking a lot like Christmas around here!