The nativity is prominently displayed. The tree is decorated.
The holiday vignettes are in place. Christmas cards are
mailed. Most shopping errands are done.
Therefore, I am relishing these remaining days of quiet. Soon there will be out-of-town family members and a great deal more noise and activity. But oh, I am so thankful for family, friends, and home.
Sadly I dropped and broke this Santa figurine. Repaired him but the tiny bear in the stocking is minus one ear.
These small treasures on the writing desk shelves have big memories attached to them. The green boxes on the center shelf are new, thanks to a birthday
gift card to Hobby Lobby from Olga.
I have enjoyed sitting at this desk and addressing cards while listening to Christmas tapes. That's my old Panasonic cassette recorder from school days on the floor.
We moved Mother's bedroom suite into the extra bedroom/computer room.
The twin bed was put in storage. Jo took the bookcase/desk unit to his house for Gunner's room. The idea to pile old bulbs around the squirrel came from someone I follow on Instagram(kelly.elko) With Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, decorating magazines and books there's a continuous supply of holiday ideas.
But the main problem I have is limited space for the layers of goodness.
Stay warm. Be thankful. Anticipate Christmas joys. Keep traditions. Believe in the miracle of His birth.
Sometimes with all the tragic events and bad news it's hard to stay merry. Therefore, it helps to surround oneself with dear familiar objects and favorite decorations. By sharing my own decorative touches maybe you'll see an idea you like.
My friend Pat helped me make up my mind about this five dollar wooden reindeer. She thought I could make it work. Well, I'm so glad I didn't leave it behind in Versailles, Kentucky. Small vintage ornaments fill the inside part.
One of Pat's beautiful handmade cards is tucked in the dough bowl with silvery ornaments and pine cones.
a vintage postcard in the bath
The advent calendar has a place on the hall tree. Each day I'm adding a tag and decoration.
December is hectic and exciting as well as joyful and peaceful. It's a month that gets by all too quickly.
Jo and Gunner help to string lights. It has become a tradition.
I get to pull out lovely Christmas treasures.
It's fun to try new arrangements.
I like how the hutch got a new look for the holidays.
Love showing off vintage ornaments.
Today seven of us made a trip to Reelfoot Ministries. We delivered 39 bicycles and other toys to their facility which aids needy families at Christmastime. We were thankful for the discounts that Walmart gave on many of the bikes.
Well, it's time to finish this post and head to bed. I have a big blessing tonight. My son Ryan who lives in Oakland, California, is safe. He was not at the location that had the tragic fire. However, he is worried about friends who may have been there. Praying.
Many are my blessings. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving that will long be remembered as the time when our nine year old grandson delivered the prayer before the meal and spoke in his own words, stirring emotions in those seated at the table.
November is drawing to a quiet close at my house. The pumpkins and fall decor have been removed in order to begin Christmas decorating. Last night the church tree was decorated and given a new star.
Today was the first Sunday of Advent.
I want to pause and give thanks for every blessing.