I did a wee bit of decorating in the master bedroom.
In the kitchen, I also kept it simple. I incorporated the holly garland atop the mantel. There is a pair of stockings Mike's mother hand-chrocheted.
There are also pipe-cleaner candy canes that were twisted and curved by Bridgette and Bryan when they were little fellows. This tree sets in a basket alongside the blue-and-white bowl which holds another strand of cranberry wooden beads and tin cookie cutters. A couple of appliqued Christmas towels brighten up the chopping block that tree sits upon.
At the last minute, when I was searching for the red gingham table runner, I stumbled across my painted Christmas masterpiece. So, I just leaned her up on the china cabinet in the kitchen. I sort of felt like her this year - a bit overwhelmed by Christmas - the shopping, the decorating, all the preparation.
A couple of plastic canvas needlepoint squares sit atop the shelves at the end of the hallway. Bryan learned to do these in elementary school and one year he crafted several.