Now, here in real time, I'm sitting amid the glow of holiday lights and scents and catching up on some blogs while my children, who are all somehow adult-sized now, have piled in to watch Elf. One of them bothered to mention that the movie is 10 years old. Good grief.
I would say that tidbit makes me feel kind of old, but the Mister and I had the immense privilege of attending a beautiful wedding this past weekend of a child I visited as a newborn in the hospital.
|The reception was held in the milking room of an old dairy barn!|
I thought that event might make me feel old, but as it turns out, spending time in the great company of old friends made me feel young.
Last night, I co-celebrated my birthday with an 18-year-old friend of Middle's, and that made me feel young, too. Today I'm full of good wishes, the best home-cooked Italian food I've ever had, and some mighty fine caramel cake. So, here in my stupor, I thought I'd share a few photos of Christmas decorations inside the T&C House. The pictures were all made with my iPhone with minimal effort on my part, but perhaps you'll enjoy nonetheless. I hope so.
|I've switched things around a bit, and now this dropleaf table does double duty in the entry. It's easily pulled into use to seat overflow from the dining room, if need be.|
|In the family room, we have a small feather tree, with a few old family ornaments and a collection of exotic birds.|
|Real greens mix with faux evergreen and magnolia on this old cupboard.|
|Byers Carolers found a new home next to a plate that depicts a house that looks a lot like ours.|
|I like a little needlepoint in every room.|
|Our manger scene is old and dear. The figures are almost a foot tall.|
|I've decided little plaid blankets and lap robes are fun to collect and warm up our winter decor.|
|I finally found a tri-color collie ornament to remember our dear old Marian.|
|Inspired by the film A Christmas Story, Middle made me this "leg lamp" ornament when he was about 10. It caused quite a stir because Middle may not have actually asked his sister if her Barbie was willing to sacrifice a leg for his project!|
|Our Advent wreath, reminding us of the Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love brought to the world at Christmas.|
|Big made this clay manger scene when he was but a boy. It fits perfectly on the edge of the stepback cupboard in the dining room.|
|More little trimmings in the dining room|
|More greens in the dining room. I'm kind of crazy about these birch bark "sleeves," that fit over your own watertight containers.|
|The dining room table centerpiece is always this large silver bowl with old ornaments. The little papier mache angel was my grandmother's favorite decoration.|
|These glass beads came from Austria with the Mister's grandmother around 1910.|
|Faux and real greens and lots of sticks anchor either end of the sideboard.|
|A little mistletoe|
|in the living room|
|Her Royal Highness in the living room, hoping for a leaf to fall so she can bark about it.|
|Oh, I do love plaid, not just at Christmastime either.|
|Boxwood and plaid. The Mister planted lots of boxwoods this past fall.|
|A little more needlepoint|
|One of my favorite nativities, on a chest in the living room. I just read that I shouldn't have turned any lamps on for these interior shots. Rats, and um, sorry.|
|Our little kitchenside sitting area|
|Santas and Christmas books for the kitchen desk|
|More faux and real greens|
|Yes, all those hot chocolate bars on Pinterest finally got to me, and I made one for us, too. |
So far, it's been a hit with friends and family.
|Boxwood and juniper wreaths in the kitchen, and a Joy detergent bottle turned into an angel by Middle decorate the window.|
|We like sending and receiving fresh Florida citrus, Carolina pecans, original poppyseed cakes from our dear friend in Atlanta, and Tennessee country ham! Do you love getting food gifts at Christmastime?|