Every year, since the kids have grown up especially, I say I am going to do less and less when it comes to Christmas decorating. I am not one of those who LOVE to do it. I don't know why. It just isn't my favorite. I was even going to get a very small prelit table top tree this year. But while looking for something up in the rafters, I discovered a new box marked, NEW XMAS TREE TAI PAN!!! Oopsie. I bought a new prelit tree last year at the after Christmas sale at Tai Pan Trading, and completely forgot! I wanted a tall and skinny tree. One to take much less room in my somewhat small living room. I do love to see it from the big picture window, but our old tree was so bushy that by the time the gifts were under it, and we got all of us in there on Christmas morning, there was barely room to move. I have been slowly decorating all week. I still don't have any of my garlands and greens out yet. But it is looking kind of festive. Come on in and see what I have been up to.
I have another complete set of Christmas dishes that I love to use too. We have been enjoying those for the last few days, and I always hate to put them away when the season is over. Those I'll show in a later post.
There a few things I never tire of seeing. Each year when I unwrap these treasures, a flood of memories comes rushing in. I can remember sitting at our kitchen table after the kids had gone to bed to paint this boot. I chose it not only because of the mice, which was the nickname that my Dad called me, but also because it had three mice. I painted each one of our children's names on them. Twenty One years ago. Our son Drew was just shy of a year old.
I also like snowmen. I have lots of those too.
This photo in the Christmas frame was probably my all time favorite Christmas card photo we did. That was my Dad's truck. We had a fresh cut tree in the back. We did some in the front of the house and a bunch out in the grove too. The kids were about 13, 11 and 5.
We don't have fancy decorations. I like to keep it simple. Our house is very casual, and I like to fill it with things that are special to me, and to us. I love quilts, and things from yesteryear.