I finally got around to taking some pictures of our house at Christmas this year on this, the gloomiest of days.
If you were a reader of the blog last year at this time, these pictures will look very familiar as I decorated much the same. But I promise they are all new pictures.
One new addition is this set of bells that I hung with the wreath on the front door. I absolutely love them.
Like last year, I added a little fresh greenery to the potted boxwoods on the porch. Seems there’s one stray fall leaf in on the action too.
Another new addition is this little live tree in a silver champagne bucket in the entry. I have this tree and one other live one on my back porch that I am determined to keep alive so I can plant them in early Spring.
Out in the living room I repeated the garland (mostly faux with a few live greens stuck in). The candles in the fireplace are there all year.
I added a little live greenery in with the birch logs too.
The tree in the piano room is our “pretty tree.” I almost didn’t put it up this year because I was really over decorating at that point, but I gave it a couple of days and tackled it. Mainly because the lights look so pretty through the window when we pull up to the house.
The dining room got my childhood stocking and a woodland Santa (my new obsession).
Out in the family room is where most of our sentimental Christmas items are.
Like the stockings my mother-in-law made for each of us.
And three small trees, one with the kids’ ornaments (both gifts and those they made), one with travel ornaments, and one with KU (our alma mater) ornaments.
Another woodland Santa and one of the amaryllis bulbs, just about ready to bloom. (The other one didn’t grow at all…go figure.)
Our nativity set fit right into one of the shelves of the painted hutch.
A pillow made from Lindsey’s first grade handprints.
And a little Santa under glass on an end table.
And I put together this little vignette on the patio table again this year, because I can see it from the kitchen window over the sink.
It makes me happy.
I hope your home is full of things that make you happy too.