A few seasonal decorations as I'm not big on creating a Christmas Store look. I like the house to look festive but homey and warm and a reflection of us.
The stockings are all hung by the chimney with care. I handmade all of them, starting with Kyle's when he was a baby. Camille's stocking was the most time consuming -- counted cross stitch on linen with a VERY intricate pattern. She didn't think much of it when she was little (Kyle's had sequins which was way better in her mind). She loves it now. Brett's was a lot of fun -- I used fun threads (silk, metallic, wool) and fun stitches. Mine, well, I like the theme but the colors and overall composition don't do it for me. I keep saying I will make myself another one but now that we have Aspen Meadows (and I've discovered blogging), I just don't have the time or inclination.
|It was fun making Santa's fuzzy beard, the curtain tassels and using all sorts of beads.|
There are a gifts under the tree.
A basket with Christmas cards received sits by the front door. The card on top is from Brett's daughter, Jen, and her family. Both of his daughters are beautiful, with beautiful families. We wish they weren't so far away (Seattle area and south of Denver) so we could spend more time with the grandchildren.
I've started my Christmas baking -- Brett's favorite cookie (gingersnaps) and mine (my Grandmother's recipe for sugar cookies). When the kids were still at home, we would do cut-out cookies of Santa, snowmen, bells, and Christmas trees with elaborate decorations. On my own, I just do circles. Bah humbug.
The thing that I enjoy most about Christmas, and that I miss, is the liturgical richness of the season at church. I love Advent; the music, the colors, the focus. We live over an hour from the closest church so we don't go anymore. And, to be honest, I have some issues with my Church right now. I love my faith, but not my church.
|On one side of the hearth, Mary, Joseph and a shepherd adore baby Jesus.|
|On the other side, the wise men are making their journey.|
|And inbetween, the wood stove gives us warmth.|