Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas: Simple Memories

Well,'s a start. I have a few decorations up. It's has been really nice, enjoying the slower process. Most of it is done on my own time, instead of the short hurried time when everyone can get together. Other years more family has been involved, which it GREAT, but then I'm directing, there's more hustle and bustle, all the personalities - fun times, precious moments, memories, and exhausting being in the center of all that. Even though it is busy, I try to keep things simple. It is the family times, memories, what we have in our hearts that make Christmas. Next Sunday all the family that is in the area will come and we will have a tree decorating party. We have done this for many years, one of those family memories. As we decorate, the kids remember years past, and laugh over their ornaments they made and so lovingly have hung every year. There is one Snow White ornament that is affectionately fought over every year. It is one person's tattered treasure and most others abhor it. Outside, wreaths adorn every window, garland is swagged along the porch railings. The posts are circled in dark red ribbon. Inside, a light in each window, the old tradition of welcome, and lighting the way for travelers. .

The sugar cookies are ready for the grand kids decorate.
Peanut brittle and other goodies are ready.

My work areas are stacked with sweets. We have a big family and many friends who will eat most of this....thankfully.
Cranberry garlands are swagged over the cupboards.

Blocks, giving word to the message of the season are set.

Reindeer visit.
Today I will go and harvest pine and fir boughs to make wreaths and garland. There will be sprigs of green and holly tucked most everywhere. The house will take on the aroma of winter Christmas. There will be bowls of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and star anise scenting every room. There are still the Christmas village, Nativity, angels, etc. to set out. As I'm decorating, I'm thinking of making memories for my family. Thinking of the peace we can experience because of what happened so long ago, the precious gift we have been given. That gift is always at the center of our celebration.


Krista said...

I'm glad you have everything up! Well, almost. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for my annual tree alternative. I'm thinking possibly hanging branches about a foot down from the ceiling over the dining table, and hanging my antique ornaments from them - no Snow White ornament here! You can keep that one, Mom. :)

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Your house is festive inside and out. I can almost smell the cookies! Sounds like a great time having everyone over to decorate your tree. I think everyone loves their family traditions!

old world primitives said...

I really enjoyed the peeks at your Christmas decor! It looks like you have a beautiful house - I love your furniture, collectibles, and the doorknob with the keyhole beneath (we had them in the house I grew up in). The furniture in my home is still a work in progress.. I have been excitedly saving up for my next primitive piece.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Everything looks so wonderful ,Debbie... your house is so gorgeous inside and out!

And the peanut brittle looks dee-vine!!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

You are a lot further along than I am at my house; just can't seem to get going.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Oooh, your home and preparations are so cozy and homey. Have a beautiful and love-filled Christmas!!
Smiles, Karen

Sharon/primthyme said...

I love your house,what serenity !The food looks great also !!
Love the decorations.I guess I should just say I love your blog !
Thank you for sharing.
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Prim Hugs & Blessings,

Sharon/primthyme said...

Hi Debbie,
Yes the picture you asked about with the high back chair , is in my home !!
Prim Hugs & Blessings