So the halls have been decked. Cakes and cookies have been baked. Grocery shopping has been done (and even though there will only be three of us here to eat it, I have enough food to feed a small army--because moms of large families simply don't know how to rein it in at the supermarket, even after the nest gets emptied).
I love decorating for Christmas--not just because the house looks so festive and beautiful, but because almost everything I put out each year has a special story behind it and invokes a precious memory.
I've always enjoyed poring over the Christmas editions of magazines like Victoria and English Home. It's fun to see how other people decorate (and I usually wind up wishing I was a little better at it!). But I thought I'd give you a mini-tour of how we do it up here at Chez Pearl. It'll be like flipping through the glossy pages of the Christmas edition of a home decorating magazine...or not. Anyway, here goes.
I did something different with the kitchen window this year. I usually hang some sort of greenery over it; but instead I decided to hang something that reminds me of several of my daughters-in-law, who have a knack for creating visually appealing, Pinterest-worthy signs such as this one. These little paper "chalkboard" flags are a departure for me, but I really like how this bunting looks. It makes me happy! (Perhaps I can chalk that up to the fact that "Be Merry" is the message I decided to write on the flags!)
On a sideboard in the dining room is a collection of wonderfully detailed "Possible Dreams" Santas, mostly gifts from my beloved late mother-in-law. The one in the green robe, second from the left, was actually a gift that my #2 son gave me one birthday. He was only about nine years old at the time and conspired with his grandmother to procure it for me. He had her pick it up when she was visiting with her daughters in VA, and he paid for it with his own money. How sweet is that?
The living room feels almost like a little chapel to me at Christmastime, because of the oversized Advent Wreath and Nativity that dominate the space.
In the center of the Advent Wreath: a Nativity that our youngest son gave
me as a gift last Christmas. (Those boys know what their mama likes.)
never mind, forget the white part. As for me, I'll take a mild, GREEN Christmas this year--thank you very much!