Our cats truly think of themselves as presents to us.
Of all of the places this feline could go snuggle up somewhere (usually on top of a pile of clean laundry) this cat decided that he needed to be under the lit Christmas tree.
It made me smile.
I've been decorating.
But not as much as last year, in fact I have scaled WAY back.
I'm just doing things that are meaningful for us and I don't have every nook and corner decked.
Our dining table has our Christmas candle wreath. Our tradition that we have had for 20+ years is to light one candle on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, two candles the following Sunday and so on, until on the Sunday before Christmas all candles are lit. I didn't do this one year and my teenage children rebeled.
I didn't think they noticed.
Next on my list of favorite decorations I have a very rough cut Nativity that my mother-in-law brought back from Jerusalem over 27 years ago. I love this Nativity.
We have a very elaborate one with all the camels and fine carvings.
But this is the only one I put up this year.
I love how simple it is.
About 15 years ago I made Christmas stockings for all my kids. As they left home I gave them their stocking. I still have three of the originals. I had to buy some to fill up the hooks. The three I made are the center three.
There are days that I wish all of my original stockings were hung......
I miss my little kids that had to get all grown up. sniffle
After the birth of my second grandchild I wanted to do something to preserve their tiny hand prints or foot prints
I love the pillows.
The grandkids get a kick out of seeing how big their hands or feet have gotten.
I have a love affair of Snowmen and started collecting them a few years ago.
This year I got a bedspread from WallyWorld. I'm not sure how I feel about it.
It wasn't big enough so I bought two and did some sewing and used the extra fabric to make a couple of throw pillows. I am not sure if I love it
So that's my Christmas tour. Simple. Laid back. Kinda like me.
I'll be glad in January that I didn't go all out.
My better half will be gone for most of the first three months of the year and I hate putting Christmas away alone.
I get all weepy and sad when I have to take it down.
So this way the weepy sad part won't last as long.
From my house
Keep testing the Mistletoe!
BTW don't ya love the little snowflaky thingies going across the blog?