My kids have dealt with some difficulties this year, so putting myself in their shoes, I want to make our "home" a welcoming, festive place to be.
The thought of getting out all of the boxes of saved decorations from the past didn't excite me because - we all know - what comes out of the basement has to be packed away again in January. And that's not fun.
I decided to make the decorating more than just removing things from boxes and placing them around the house. I decided to make most of the decorations out of "natural" things. No glitz and sparkle - just simple and warm.
Beginning with a fresh tree, I dried orange slices
and hung them with red ribbon.
The garland was made with felted wool balls,
with much of the wool coming from my dogs fur!
The house was filled with the aroma of cinnamon
when I was baking these cute scented ornaments.
I strung mini wreaths of cranberries.
Knitting with toothpicks was fun!
These little pinecone elves were easy to make
with some hot glue.
I also used plain pine cones
and shells collected from Silver Sands Beach last summer.
My favorite ornaments to make were these
Maddie is all-natural and makes any spot in the
I've started collecting these whimsical
Swedish Christmas gnomes which
I have placed around the house.
Wrapping is simple and organic too.
And candles never fail to warm up the atmosphere.
Outside we have lights (especially for Adam, the light king).
Giant sugar pine cones on the door.
Pine boughs and pepperberries on the front step.
A wrapped box on the front bench.
This is the first year I've put lights in my garden in the back yard.
They are controlled by a remote so I can turn them on and off
from inside the house. This is what I see out my kitchen window!
The stage is set.
But the house is waiting for the finishing touches:
Adam, Kerry, and Annie.
Then it will really be "home".