Decorating for the season is one of the great delights of the year for me. I adore the fresh greenery and candlelight, the crooked tree (and when you think you have enough lights on the tree, add one more strand), the star alight, the stockings waiting for Santa.
When the children were little our house looked like North Pole south. Dollar store trinkets and cutouts, lights, and vintage decorations took over the house and filled the space with cheer and magic. Visitors were often surprised then enchanted by the decor. We love holidays in our home.
As the children grew up and moved out and the dollar store trinkets broke, cutouts tore, things faded, my decorating took on a fresher take. Strings of fairy lights still capture my adoration (and I refuse to get the LED lights…I will clean out Walmart’s shelves of twinkly lights if I must!) and oil lamps are humble and sweet.
Places to sit that are cozy and private. Vintage and children-made decorations from over the years dazzle and cause my heart to swell as I admire funky Santas and photos in homemade frames. A life of raising children brought forth each season.
The newest generation is mesmerized by her first viewing of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Dinner is served on melamine Rudolph plates from Pottery Barn Kids. She asked Santa for a dollhouse. The magic continues. The warmth of the season resonates in our home.
Decorate simply. A beautiful tree. Branches of greens gathered where we got our tree decorate each space. Light a candle.
Enjoy the season, Friends. Even if you had loss this year. Even if you have sadness. Let the beautiful joy of the season, the charity, the lights, the smiles, the music, the hope sweep over you and let you rest easy in front of a fire with a good book and a cup of tea next to a well lit Christmas tree.