Yes, IT REALLY IS only two weeks till Christmas Day.
Sounds like ours will a quiet holiday, just the two of us, with a small family celebration between the 25th and New Years. It was that way last year too, and just fine.
The entire season seems somehow different this year. I’m not sure why. The cold and snow have been very severe quite early; Thanksgiving was later than usual; and a family member has been grouchy ever since. All of that may have contributed to this “off” feeling.
Even after pulling out the many tubs of Holiday decorations from the crawl space, neither of us wanted to tackle any big projects.
So … we didn’t.
We long ago discontinued the hours of conquering snowy fields for just the right tree to cut. It isn’t as fun without children along. The cold got colder as we got older, and the trees seemed to grow more heavy and difficult to transport each year..
Oh we still put a tree up this year. We have a very realistic and easy to assemble, artificial one now. There’s also a smaller, table tree in our family room that made the cut this year. Only because after last season, I wrapped it up in a big old plastic bag, ornaments and all, and found a spot for it on a garage shelf.
So … 1 – 2 – 3, it’s a done tree!
Most everything else is minimal. Some that know me are shocked that I left the hutch as-is. It’s fine with just a bit of sparkle added here and there. Although, I spruced up the top a bit, placing this old yule santa next to the plants there.
Isn’t he adorable? He was a gift from my daughter-in-law (to-be) last Christmas.
For the table, DB brought a big glass bowl up. I washed it, added a live poinsetia plant, and filled around it with more sparkle.
The table covering is simply a long piece of wrapping paper for festivity, a remnant of silky green fabric for a little depth and texture, and a red plastic charger plate Jessica also gave me last year.
The big tree takes center stage in the living room, so the credenza moves to the hall wall. All I did here was … you guessed it … add some sparkle to an existing arrangement. I just used pieces in the vignette that tied in to the colors of the painting above.
I took a different direction in my office/workroom. I worked with the colors already there. More sparkle was added to the window group.
Then after clearing my bulletin board, I prettied it up with similar colors.
Well, there ARE still two weeks to add a few more little things.
Next post, I’ll share some “Make-Do”, pretty ideas … all done on NO BUDGET and VERY LITTLE TIME.
Meanwhile, stay warm, stay safe … and don’t stress, just start!
Later – Cheryl
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Not being Christian, I’ve long chosen to decorate minimally, usually with pine branches collected from my property, for their scent as much as for their looks. I do enjoy the holiday lights brightening dark nights, and welcoming me home, so I twine a length along the stair railing. No pics to share. Instead I’m sending along the rich scent of cinnamon raisin bread baking in the oven.
When are your special observances and how do you celebrate and prepare for them? People often forget that others have different beliefs and traditions, at this time as well as throughout the year.
P.S. The bread smells wonderful 🙂 Cinnamon raisin and, pumpkin breads are two of my favorites … aromas AND tastes.
Looks cute! I like the ornaments in the vases!