Merry Christmas! I have a bit more “outdoor” Christmas decorating for you to see today…that is if you can actually call the back porch “outdoors.” 🙂 It too was a nice place to be a week ago with the very mild Georgia
fall December weather we were having. But it is now apparently monsoon season here with continuous rain.
Is everything calm and bright around your house? With all our red, we’ve got the bright, and yesterday marked the beginning of the calm. I have 4 gifts left to wrap, and I am calling my to-do list officially finished. I have never ever in my entire life called myself ready early! So this has to be my Christmas miracle (along with having all three of our children home for Christmas. 🙂 )
We had a fun bridal shower here Monday night, (post coming) so between that and the kids coming home, I have had major motivation to finish everything early. No total redesign on the porch. In fact, it was a little simpler than years past – but tweaked to follow the red and black color scheme.
We normally buy 3 Christmas trees at one time the day after Thanksgiving, but this year I thought it would be smart to just purchase them when I was ready to decorate them. That turned out to be not so smart. When it was time to get the porch tree, all the larger ones were gone from every single store around here. So the porch tree is much smaller and scaled down in its decor. But I like it, so that may be the new direction for future Christmases. 🙂
The green Thanksgiving plates were easily replaced by new red ones, and the magnolia arrangement was replaced by holly and cedar.
The Willow Tree nativity is out on the buffet again, but I changed up the chalkboard to include an appropriate verse from the gospel of Luke.
The table has the other Willow Tree pieces for the centerpiece again.
Those red salad plates are from Homegoods. You know there will be multiple uses for them beyond the Christmas season. 🙂
The napkins are tied up with black and red ribbon, and I had fun lettering different small tags for each place setting.
The weary world rejoices was my favorite. It is soooo easy to become weary at this time of year with our lists of things to do, things to buy, things to cook, and places to be. It can take a tiring toll on you. I know. But do you know what? There are more rooms I could decorate today. There are more treats I could prepare today, but I am stopping. On this cozy rainy day, 2 days before Christmas, I am calling it done.
Our daughter arrived home on Sunday. We picked up our law school son in Atlanta last night, and our oldest arrives in Atlanta from Seattle later this afternoon. We are going to enjoy this short time together without having to run errands or worry about any to-do list items. (But everyone’s laundry will still have to be done. 🙂 LOL) It is a time for joy.
In this often joy-starved weary world, we have to make time for the joy.
I hope to have one more post for you before Friday because there are still some rooms and things I would love for you to see, but if I don’t get one out (because I will be busy playing Monopoly and watching Christmas movies with my kids) my wish for you is a wonderful Christmas filled with joy.
Merry Joyful Christmas!