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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Cheer

Today I dove into the closet where our holiday decorations are stored, and set out to give our house some Christmas cheer. I had a fun afternoon going through stuff and picking a few items to put out on display.

First up, I moved the lighted wreath from the table to the front door. I added a few ornaments and a big silver bow, but kept it relatively simply, as you can see.

It's much prettier after dark. Here's a shot I got from inside the house just as the sun was setting.


Once I moved the wreath, our table looked very bare. I'd forgotten about the small tabletop tree  stashed away in the closet, and with the addition of some multi-colored copper wire string lights and tiny little colored balls it looks kind of cute up there. I still need a topper for it and maybe some other small decorations, but this is it so far.



And as the sun was setting....


For the den I dressed up the mantle above the fireplace with a lighted pine garland, some strands of shiny red beads, and holiday candles. We've gotten three Christmas cards so far and they're up there, too.


Now I'm sitting back with a glass of ice-cold eggnog (liberally spiked with rum) and getting ready to watch a movie. A beef pot roast has been simmering in the crockpot all afternoon and our house smells wonderful. Tonight is forecast to be the coldest night of the year so far. I like for it to be cold at Christmastime. Maybe later I'll light the fireplace for the first time this year.

I'm beginning to feel a tiny bit festive! How about you?

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  1. I love the wreath and the mantlepiece looks pretty good too.

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    1. Eh, the decorations are okay. Nothing too exciting, but at least I don't feel like the Grinch sitting in a bare house anymore!

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  2. Very much so. The decorations have been looked at, one or two presents wrapped, and 2 Turkeys are in the freezer. It's all going to non-plan.

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    1. Two turkeys?! That's a lot of turkey!

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  3. It all sounds lovely Jennifer, and from your photos, looks lovely too.

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    1. It's all simple and will be easily taken down when the holiday is over!

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  4. It looks so pretty and peaceful...now for some snow, Santa to land on your roof and for your wish come true!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. There's a big winter storm not that far north of us, and it's been very cold. I do wish it would snow here for Christmas! Snow in December is pretty rare around here.

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  5. Your decorations look lovely. When Paul climbs up into the loft tomorrow to put the empty suitcases away he will bring the decorations down and then I will truly feel Christmassy.

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    1. I stopped by your blog this morning and enjoyed seeing your decorations. I truly hope your jet lag subsides soon!

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  6. Your photos sure make me feel festive. Beautiful! Oh, eggnog! It doesn't appear to be available here. We'll just have to make do with a stronger Spanish alcoholic holiday drink!

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    1. It's not very good eggnog, I imagine. Just whatever was available at the local grocery store, but plenty of rum makes all the difference!! Haha.

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  7. Your decorations are beautiful and quite festive. Franklin, Penelope, and Stella say they'll feel festive when Santa Paws brings them new toys.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Tell Franklin, Penelope, and Stella that Ginger, George, and Marco are looking forward to Santa's visit, too!

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  8. It all looks nice and festive, cozy and not over the top. What a nice image I have now in my mind of you sitting there with an egg nogg and the house smelling of beef stew!
    As you know, ny decoration for the season went up the day before the first Advent Sunday, as is traditional here, and will only be taken down on January 6th.
    I am spending the weekend at O.K.'s, with a big birthday party to attend tonight and a visit to a Christmas Market on the shores of Lake Constance tomorrow.

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    1. I love hearing about your wonderful German holiday season and seeing all the great photos of it! It seems like a totally different world. :)

      Please wish O.K. a very Merry Christmas for me!

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  9. It all looks so beautiful Jennifer.

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