I finally finished the decorating, and I only used a fraction of my holiday stuff. I didn't put out a single ornament this year, nor did I use the bag of red berry branches or the sleigh or the glittery bows and tablecloths. It's a relief not to have so much STUFF out!
You might also notice that there is no big tree. For the past 13 years or so, since the kids left home, I've switched to scattering little trees throughout the house, with little white lights but no ornaments. It makes me feel like I'm in a winter forest.
Here's the entry way, with a quilt that I made more than 20 years ago and just had quilted recently. It's the Jewel Box pattern.
Moving into the living room, we hung white icicle lights (my favorite decoration) in the bay window. I think of them as stars dancing inside.
This year's mantel is simple, with just a lighted garland, a bunny stocking holder ...
... and some brass deer from my daughter's vintage shop.
I still use the stocking that my aunt knit for me when I was little, and now it's joined by the stocking that my mother knit for my daughter. The moths got into both of them and I need to make some repairs.
The dining room is my Christmas card work shop.
I cut back this year to 76 cards instead of the usual 90, but I'm sure I'll think of some more people to send them to before the season is over. I love doing holiday cards!
In the kitchen, our little snowman family watches over us from atop a bookcase and my wooly reindeer hangs beside the kitchen door.
I put my wool winter village by the sewing room. I made it early on in my wool applique days, before I started adding beads. It looks sort of bare without the glitter. Maybe I'll rectify that some cold winter night!
Have a colorful day