I will admit to always getting a bit of the Christmas blues when I realize that it will soon be time to take down all of the beautiful seasonal decorations. Our tree is STILL taking at least a glass of water every day so I am really going to have a hard time taking it down this year. Once the ground is full of needles, I am usually more than ready but that hasn't happened yet.
As I was looking around yesterday, I realized how many little vignettes made me feel all warm and cozy. I also realized that they seemed to fall into several categories; the first being glitter and sparkle. I love walking through the house and having my eye caught by a beautiful sparkle when I least expect it. And, it is usually the little things that catch my eye.
I also love having a touch of decoration in every room of the house. In our guest rooms, I include old Santa photos of our girls or even of my husband and me when we were kids. It is fun for everyone to see and makes the girls feel right at home when they are once again staying in their old bedrooms. As I showed you in my room, fresh pine went everywhere this year. The guest bath also gets a fair douse of the holiday. When you get to the "dormitory" (the room that houses the bunk beds and trundle and where the kids sleep when they are all here) you will see the Barbie tree. I bought that tree back when grand daughter #1 first became enamored with Barbie and it has remained ever since. The girls love it and it is "tradition".
Have you ever noticed how many companies make our lives easier these days by putting pretty Christmas labels on their products? No need to hide these things in other containers-just let them shine on their own!
And lastly, I guess I would say I just love the traditional. I love a Christmas full of red, green and natural elements. Now don't get me wrong. I can ohhh and ahhh with the best of them over rooms beautifully decorated for Christmas in non-traditional colors. But, at the end of the day, they are not what I want surrounding me 24 hours a day. For me, the old standards are what "wrap" me in warmth and coziness. I guess all of the following would fit in this category-even the little mouse potholder hook that Jennie made me so many years ago!
So there are just some of the things that I am smiling over today. Tonight is New Year's Eve. My hubby and I always stay pretty close to home today. This year once again we are dog sitting. And, one of our grand dogs is terribly afraid of loud noises-makes 4th of July and New Years fun. But, she takes a pill or two and she calms down fairly well. I am pretty sure she will be sitting on my lap as we watch yet another Christmas movie tonight with all of the lights and candles aglow and a large fire in the fireplace-just how I love it. Life doesn't get any better and it really is "the little things"!
Tomorrow a new year begins and oh the possibilities! Stay tuned.