I loved that I had a real mantel to hang the stockings this time.
And a focal point for the Santa picture my husband received last year.
I filled our butcher block buffet table with all the holiday stuff that means a lot to us.
Like our nativity that came from Jeruselum, carved from Olive Tree wood – which I luckily inherited from my grandmother.
And a special box I found in my grandfathers shop after he passed away.
We are doing our book countdown again this year. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite traditions. I scourge the thrift stores for Christmas books and add a few new ones every year.
There is a Santa watching in our window – which if your not mindful of it, it can scare the whits out or you every time.
I added a couple of wreaths to our doors this year.
They were simply made out of cotton balls. I love them.
To turn them a lovely shade of brown I simple placed them in a ziplock bag with a little cocoa powder and shook it up. They even smell good.
We have a tree for all my pretty coordinating ornaments –
And a tree for the girls to decorate to their pleasure.
The double up on tree’s happened spontaneously. We bought a tree from a tree farm because the mountains around us sold out of permits to cut down. Well, then we took a trip to Wyoming to see family and decided to pay 10 bucks and cut one down any way in those mountains.
It’s nice to have a spare. Then I can add any spur of the moment whimsical ornaments I wouldn’t normally make for our other tree.
We always place our little cradle with a baby doll wrapped in fabric scraps under the tree. The littlest girls loves to take care of this baby Jesus.
It’s been a few years since I got a bushy tree like I prefer, and I really am enjoying it.
I think the “Way Back When” Christmas theme we started last year flows pretty good with the new house.
If only the popcorn string could be preserved for the next year. With only 2 able adults in the house to do it – it takes awhile.
But worth it.
Hope your Christmas is all you hope it to be!