Happy weekend before Christmas! There are just sooo many fun things to see and enjoy these days. I want to share a few with you before this brief time of celebration has slipped away . So let’s get right to them!
Don’t you think this precious table setting would be perfect for a reindeer party for your children (or grandchildren)?
Oh… and you could make these adorable treats for that party as well!
I loved these no bake thin mints. They would be gobbled up faster than you can say candy canes around here!
And aren’t these the most charming gingerbread cookies ever?? They would make wonderful gifts. (They’re almost too pretty to eat!)
Looking for a last minute gift or two? You know I can’t resist anything with a jar.
I found this old Crate and Barrel lookbook/ad that I thought was pretty clever. (When you click on it you’ll need to give it a few seconds to load.) Just scroll all the way down through it to enjoy, and you don’t have to follow all the arrows off to the side items. The end is pretty cute.
And speaking of Crate and Barrel, I have fallen in love with this wrapping paper from them. Unfortunately, they are sold out online, and we have no time to drive 2 hours to Atlanta to find any (probably none left in the stores either.)
Have you had time to snuggle in and watch some of your favorite Christmas movies? This article gives a good round up of Christmas movie houses (with most of their images from Julia’s Hooked on Houses blog.)
And since we are talking about Christmas houses, if you didn’t see last year’s Christmas tour of author Mary Kay Andrew’s home, you are going to looooove it. It has to be one of my favorites in all of blogland!
In the last year, she and her husband have moved into another home in the same neighborhood as their old house. She is calling the new one Squirrel Hollow.It seems to have more of her beachy color scheme than the old one. You can see a little of her holiday decorating in their new home here.
Do you remember my post on Mary Kay Andrew’s smaller beach cottage, Breeze Inn? You can see it all decorated for Christmas here and here! And remember Ebbtide the big beach house in which we stayed? (There are 3 posts on that one beginning here!) You can catch a glimpse of a little of its holiday decor here.
One of my favorite Christmas house tours this year is the Geneva, Illinois one over at Debra’s 5th and State blog. All the natural elements in it are simply gorgeous!
I have photos from a Christmas tour we went on a couple of weeks ago that I have been wanting to share with you. Unfortunately, sickness has decided to grab me again….fever for 3 straight days this week (high fever!) and tonsils that expanded to the size of the marshmallow man in Ghostbusters. Not fun. But thank goodness it is not pneumonia this time…just a bad infection and the meds have finally kicked in to stop the fever. Yesterday was a much better day, and I am hoping that today things can finally start to look a lot like Christmas around here. I am going to get that darn tree decorated today if it is the only thing I do!
On a more serious note, my father-in-law has been hospitalized for over a week with some very serious issues, and my husband has been doing his best to handle things with his father and me. Bless his and his father’s heart. But we do have some good news to share! Our son got a phone call this week telling of his acceptance into Yale’s Law School for next fall. Woohoo! This has been his dream school, and we are so very proud of him! So we will have one son in Seattle and one in Connecticut next year. (I vote for a Christmas in Connecticut for 2015!)
My plan for this week is to get out two posts on the Christmas tour for you (fingers crossed), and if there is time, I have a Christmas movie house post I want to do….yes all before Christmas. But… I have got to get the house looking like Christmas (remember that little Better Homes and Gardens photoshoot coming up here???) and gifts bought and wrapped. I keep reading bloggers asking Are you ready for Christmas? I am not going to ask you that because that question is stressful since my answer is a big NO…at least a no for all the external things. I have been reading and enjoying an Advent book of devotionals, and inside Christmas can come whenever it wants.
Anyway, I am telling you all of this for a reason. I am not going to reply to comments and emails this week. I will read them all, but given the time crunch I am in, I am afraid I am going to have to let that go. Hope that is alright with you. I want to leave you with a bit of holiday music (that of course made me cry like a baby when I watched it.)