It's almost Christmas. So much to do!
Random Five Facts from our house at the holidays:
1. I've never had a fake Christmas tree in my life.
A couple of weekends ago, Mitch went out on snowshoes on a bitter cold day with small children trailing behind him & got us a beautiful tree.
I told him I wanted a little one, and he delivered! Our smallest, and my very favorite tree ever.
(I say that every year, so I'm told.. My idea of finding a perfect tree can be seen here.)
I made the twig star last year.
2. The kids had their elementary concert last week.
Lilly was thrilled to have her photo taken with two brothers after school. (not really)
Mason & Eric had a semi-formal dance the next day. They wore bow ties.
Beau (6) • Lilly (9) • Johnathan (11)
3. We have lots of special Christmas ornaments from lots of special people.
This ceramic bell is one of my favorites, made by my Great Grandma Stewart when I was three years old.
The star below is made from a Coca Cola can. (I found a tutorial here.)
My mom made the copper star.
4. The antlers on our mantel are all shed antlers. Most of them found here on our property over the years. Mitch is good at finding sheds. Once our dog, McGee, brought an algae covered antler out of the swamp and dropped it next to me in the garden.
5. I barely decorated this year at all, and I'm loving the simplicity.
Nature did a great job of decorating our winter wonderland with snow a couple of weeks ago.
I've done away with most decorations that need to be stored & just kept one great big box for our tree ornaments, stockings , & a few special things.
The rest are come & go - like the paper chain the kids made for counting down the days, or pine sprigs from outside. Or already here - like my chalk board. I've never felt less ready for Christmas, so I cleared my grocery list & made myself a friendly reminder that I better get a move on.
(The Chalkboard was also made by my mom quite a few years ago, and since repainted by me - we were chalkboard when chalkboard wasn't cool!)
I set our Christmas books on our coffee table. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a favorite at our house.
In my my piano bench, I found a vintage Christmas music book.
(It's actually for violin & orchestra, but it looks festive. My mom made the bead board star, as well.)
Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration?
Go all out, or keep it simple?
I finally whipped up a holiday photo & letter.
Getting it ready to send & will share here too.