Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

We decorated our house this past Saturday.  It's not fancy.  Nothing that will win any awards.  In fact, our children did the majority of the decorating.  We are so traditional that they all know where everything goes...same place every year.  The only thing that changes is what color lights will go on the tree.

This year, our 14 year old tried his hand at putting up some lights around our living room windows and a couple of other places.  So far, we've not done outside lights - I'm sure one of the boys will one day have the desire to attempt those.  But, we like our lights inside where we can enjoy them!

Our decor will not be found in Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, or any other home-decorating magazine.  Elegance is most definitely not our theme.  If I had to name it, it would be "Casually Live-able" or "Simply Sentimental"  No one will ooh & ahh over our decorations.  Many of them have special meaning to us, though - whether an ornament commemorating a special time in our lives or a decoration given to us by a dear friend.  These mean more to me than the most beautiful Martha Stewart arrangement.

I'm all for gorgeously decorated houses...if that's what makes a particular family happy.  My family seems to be happiest with the simple decorations.  It's enough for them to have a bit of twinkle and nostalgia.  It's enough for me to see their smiles.

No matter how each of us decorates our homes for Christmas, may all of our homes be filled with the shining smiles of our children and the sweet music of their laughter.

 The ornament that takes center stage each year.  If you look closely, you can see a very young couple celebrating their first Christmas 17 years ago.
 Baby's 1st Christmas - this ornament is 14 years old.  One of the first things the proud daddy bought his son!
 This angel has been hanging on all of the Christmas trees in my life. Once held in my little hands,  this year it was hung by one of my little one's hands.
 Each year, my children receive new ornaments from their "Aunt" Becky & each year they get better!
 This little bear came directly from Germany (another "Aunt" Becky special) about 10 years ago.  If you check the back of it's head, there's a big hole where then-1 yr old Anna took a bite thinking it was candy!
 While we have a chimney, it is stone and impossible to hang the stockings on it.  So, we hang them on our panelled walls with care!

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