I've been working non-stop since Friday, but I am still not quite finished with my Christmas decorating.
I know I think too much and always end up changing things around, but I feel it's worth the effort in the end:-)
There is lots of fresh greenery, red, tartan and burlap ribbons, and vintage touches. The glass ornaments I bought in Germany are back this year and remind me of browsing through the Christkindlmarkt there during the holiday season, which is just the most amazing thing.
There are lots of handmade things including paper snowflakes we made with the children several years ago and my "Putz" version of the house my dad grew up in.
Hemlock seedlings, Shiny Brites and old vinegar bottles...
...are at home alongside vintage milk glass, apples and pine cones.
And Christmas would not be complete without vintage bottle brush trees, a Santa and sleigh (missing the reindeer) from my childhood, and my grandmother's plastic Santa:-)
I tried something different this year and made my first gingerbread house.
I didn't decorate it though, so my niece, Rebekah, who was here for Thanksgiving and makes amazing cakes, decorated it as well as some cookies. She is an amazing young woman with an incredible story that she blogs about over at Rebekah's Hope Ministries, so go by and read her very inspirational story.
Everyone got in on the action, so there was lots of giggling...
...and in the end we came out with these...
I'm really looking forward to getting it all done so we can enjoy the time here at home. Christmas is so busy for Luis and I as musicians, that we have to be very careful not to over schedule and to make family time a priority. And that is what I love most:-)
I'll be joining: