Well, since we're being honest here, Scrooge left. Part of my problem is I am like a little kid when it comes to Christmas- I want the last week before Christmas to get here and not have to go through the whole month before we get to the good part :) Those last few days before Christmas Day are the best and most anticipatory :)
Also, Aunt Flo, or our monthly friend did come and it's like a big sigh of relief in my body. Being a woman is HARD! I am in no way wishing the season to be over at all. The contrary- I want to prolong it because it's flying by. I did manage to get some presents wrapped today. I planned out the Christmas Eve smorgasbord menu, which we'll get to in another post. I'm a little nervous that I have no presents for my husband, niece and nephews or my parents. But I know that dh doesn't have any for me yet either :)
I snapped these the other day, but didn't get to it yet. Yes, here are our decked out halls. I wanted a more natural look this year. Decorating is very important to me. I can't explain it exactly, except that it has to do with the memory of being a child and being enthralled with all the Christmas decor and being SO excited. I try to generate the same thing into my daughters. I guess I think everyone is like me :) My grandparents were so crafty, so that's where I get that from, because I spent SO much time with them.
Here is the front door. A fake wreath, a cheap red bow, some pinecones and red berries from the woods.
Here is our real tree with mostly homemade ornaments. It smells wonderful.
The back wall. This was a grapevine wreath that I just stuck cedar twigs and red berries from the dogwood trees on it.
The snowman collection that someone started for me :) Somehow I keep getting snowmen. They aren't my favorite, but they make it out every year.
This is the Christmas village my grandmother gave me. It certainly could look better, but I can't keep little hands from rearranging :)
My kitchen. I couldn't get a good picture, but there are lights up above the cabinets and I nested cedar branches in among them.
The kitchen tree :)
The window above the kitchen sink.
The stockings I made, but haven't hung up yet.