Happy Weekend to you! First things first today. I need to announce the winner of the Target gift card and the Christmas magazines. Random.org spit out number 245 for me, and that number belonged to this comment on the Christmas Joy post. 🙂
Congratulations to you Judy! I will be getting in touch with you today (unless you beat me to it.) 🙂
And now on to the holiday decorating! Where in the world have you been, Kelly? you might ask. Well I have been shopping and shopping and shopping…every. single. day. this. week. I am soooo excited that for the first time in 5 years ALL THREE of our children will be here for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! So I want to have every little thing on my Elf List checked off before they arrive so that we can enjoy our time together without having to worry about to-do list items. (And the shopping IS almost complete. 🙂 )
But what about the decorating?
Nope, not there yet…but working on it.
And as you are looking at these photos, you might be saying,
This looks just like how it was decorated in the past.
Yes it does (except there are new Christmas cards in the Christmas card basket. 🙂 )
As a blogger, I know you as a reader like to see new ideas, and I do like to tweak things around here to hopefully improve them or make them “fresh.” When I started decorating the kitchen I wanted to go in a red and green direction this year for a change. I tried out some green items we owned in there, and it looked too much like spring and less like Christmas. So that plan was quickly abandoned. 🙁
While I have always thought that black was not a good color to use at Christmas, I did like the black quote cards on the little tree in my workroom. So I thought…hmmm..Let’s try some black and white in the kitchen.
I had purchased some gorgeous wide black and white checked ribbon over 10 years ago, (I do not know the source) and it was sitting in one of those boxes in my workroom. So I pulled it out, made bows, and hung the wreaths with them over the sink. Here is how it looked (and it is checked not striped as it looks in the photo.)
I would have loved to have left it like that for you so that you have a new idea for Christmas decorating, but it just did not look “Christmas-y” enough to me. I kept it up for a day. This morning, I changed out one of the bows to my old fashioned traditional red ones while the coffee was brewing. When my husband came in for breakfast, I asked him which one he liked better. The red he said with no hesitation. That sealed the deal.
They are all now red.
Ah much better. 🙂
For me, Christmas is a lot about traditions. As much as I like to change things, Christmas should have some constants. I think many family members expect that. For example, my side of the family likes to have a “finger foods” party and open gifts on Christmas Eve.
With our children coming home for Christmas, I want them to enjoy the house as it mostly was when they were young. Although the boys would probably say they really don’t care how it looks, our daughter will be expecting a string of lights and garland on her bedroom window. 🙂
I’ll be tweaking a few little things in our Christmas decor (like adding a bowl of tangerines because their scent brings back memories of my childhood.)
But our gingerbread houses are still going to be out in the kitchen and dining room.
And there will still be a tree and nativity on the back porch. But don’t worry, I do have a number of new things to show you, and I’ve got 10 short posts planned for you between now and Christmas. So I better get busy! Hope there is not a lot left for you to do on your Elf List.
Have a merry weekend!
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