Christmas is a week away and I’m enjoying the process of preparing our hearts and home for this wonderful holiday! I’d like to share some of my favorite decorations and traditions in this week’s post.
We’ll start with something new. My mom is a crochet master! I’ve posted before about the Star Wars figures she’s made for each of her great grandchildren (click here for that post). This year she decided to make each of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, a snowman ornament, and I’ve featured some of them at the top of this post. Mom stitched each person’s initials on their hats or scarves, and signed their snowball bottoms with her own initials 😊.
I have many treasured Christmas decorations and I’m sure you do too. A few years ago Mike and I found this ornament wreath at an antique mall in Columbus, WI.
It contains many vintage ornaments and they’re so beautifully arranged! There was a tag attached that stated that if an ornament ever breaks: “pull out the pieces with a tweezers and glue in another one”. Looking at it brings me joy and I love the history and variety of the ornaments.
One of our most prominent decorations is the nativity because it helps Mike and I stay focused on the true reason for the season.
A few years ago friends of mine gifted me a vintage book:
It is lovely inside and out.
And it compliments our Christmas scene so well.
I’m not one to go in for new trendy decorations. I prefer the pieces that have memories – like all the ornaments we’ve collected in our 45 years of marriage. What fun it was to decorate our very tall tree with Sommer and Trey!
Then there’s the sled Mike spent hours of snowy fun with as a child:
My great Aunt Hazel painted this sled years ago and it has found a home on our mantle with the teddy bear Mike’s Mom had made from her old fur coat (I found the rocking horse at a thrift store for $5 😊).
And of course there’s our traditional cookie baking day with 4 generations. Hanna and Will joined in the baking fun too – all the way from Vancouver, WA!
My friends, Sharon and Margaret, will be joining me for ringing and singing for the Salvation Army this week. And then there are all the wonderful Christmas concerts we’ve attended through our church and school this season!
The tree skirt I made last year is finally under our tree and we are spending a lot of time praising the Lord for all of our blessings. A very merry Christmas from me and Mike!