It’s been awhile since my last blog post, but I couldn’t end the year without sharing some of my Christmas decorations for this year. I think this is the simplest I’ve ever decorated for Christmas. It is one of my favorite seasons/holidays to decorate for and I usually go a bit overboard.
I started out our decorations with a new artificial Christmas tree. I went with something smaller and the coloring on the branches gives it a little bit of a frost-kissed look.
I have it sitting on one of those decorator tables with an additional large wood round (purchased at Lowe’s) and topped off with my tree skirt.
I totally copied Mary Englebreit’s mantel from The Cottage Journal magazine.
From the Jingle banner to the Santa hats on the boy and girl busts. Ms. Englebreit had many more busts on her mantel sporting Santa headgear, but I only have the two. Those hats are from holiday cat costumes, by the way!
I interspersed some of my carolers in between.
My little pick-up truck now holds a small bottlebrush tree.
I also picked up a small red VW beetle and tied another small bottlebrush tree to the top of that. Can you tell that my 5-year-old granddaughter enjoys playing with them?
I also did a craft with that same granddaughter. I found a gingerbread man template on Pinterest and, using that and paper grocery bags, cut out gingerbread man shapes for both of us to decorate.
I pulled some scrap trim, buttons, googly eyes, glue, a little fiberfil, and red pipe cleaners from my craft room for us to use on them.
Hers now hangs on her Christmas tree at home and I have mine hanging out by my cookbook in the kitchen.
A few other random decorations around the house.
Hopefully, I’ll have the new laptop, Blogger, and Live Writer issues sorted by the new year. It has been very frustrating!
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!