Hello! I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving celebration and is ready to move on to the next holiday. While Mr. B was home for five days he obliged by going up in the attic to bring down some decorations, so I started to put those out. In no particular order, then:
the buffet in the dining room. On the left is a large tray and a wooden church under a cloche. The tray is a gift from middle daughter, Mary. The church is from a thrift shop, bought many years ago. The cloche over it was a Goodwill find last year and the little holly hedges along each side were found at the Bering rummage sale earlier this month. The terrarium has some cotton for snow in it, along with a paper and glitter covered house, also a gift from Mary. The rest of the display includes a red glass votive, a mirrored section of candle holder with a silver ball on it and a new small set of electric candles that were my only purchase at the Blue Bird Circle last week, new for $1.00. To the right a sugar cookie scented Yankee candle from Sand Dollar and a small flocked tree in a red felt box bottom that was a gift.
Here is the small chest my PaPa made, probably in the 1920s. On it is a wooden holder that contains some artificial poinsettia, a glittery winter bird nest and another tiny paper house. The flowers and bird nest were thrift store finds a couple of years ago. We can't have live plants or flowers of any kind indoors because the cats eat them.
The peg rack inside the front door has a few seasonal additions, a wicker star, Santa hat and a wreath for the little bird house. Oh, and a fat felt robin sitting on one of my little chairs.
The front door has a swag on it, surrounded by some fake garland, with a red bell on the knob.
To the left of the door is a big tin sign like a manilla tag that says Welcome. It had some metal holly leaves and I added the glittery pick.
The back door is sporting another metal sign that says Merry Christmas made like individual tags strung on a curved wire. That and the red Peace sign both came from Sand Dollar.
I used to wait till later to begin decorating. Recently it has seemed as if time is speeding by so fast it would be smart to start a little earlier and have time to enjoy all the color and lights before it's January 6 and time to put it all away. Do you have a specific time to start the process, or is more random, year by year? Are you an old favorites kind of person or new theme for each year kind of person?
Happy holidays from Houston!