Merry Christmas

It's not really looking like a White Christmas this year, so this photo of my backyard will have to do.
It’s not really looking like a White Christmas this year, (it’s 70 degrees) so this old winter photo of my backyard will have to do.

Though I love the family gatherings, and the gift giving, it’s appropriate to remember what Christmas is about. Have a joyous Christmas.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11 ESV)

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A Christmas Vignette

Rusty Sleigh Bells and Red Berries
Rusty Sleigh Bells and Red Berries

Charles and I do not have a traditional singular Christmas tree. Instead, I decorate the house with many small trees, wreaths, boughs, etc.

Items that occupy a shelf all year, take on a new and festive look when decorated with a sprig of pine, holly or cranberries.

This photo is a simple serving tray, filled with rusty bells. For height, I’ve added an old crock, used as a makeshift vase, for red berries and a pine bough. An old checkerboard provides a nice backdrop. Seasonal vignettes create a joyful atmosphere throughout the winter, bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside, where it is warm and cozy.

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More Christmas Greens

I love seasonal centerpieces. They afford so much opportunity to bring excitement to a tabletop.
I love seasonal centerpieces. They afford so much opportunity to bring excitement to a tabletop.

Our little cottage on the pond has seating for two, in every room in the house. Charles and I can grab a cup of coffee, dinner or a dessert and take in a different view with every seating.

The view is constantly changing, not just outside with the seasons, but also with the interior decorating.

This tray is actually a lid from an old Cheese Form (it’s about 16 inches in diameter). I filled it with greens, pine cones and candles and placed it on the cafe table in the kitchen.

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