Before we usher the new year in, I thought I might share what our house looked like spiffed-up for Christmas. I didn't really do as much decorating as I have done in the past. I kept it simple and I think that made it much nicer - at least for my level of fatigue!
I started things off by adding faux garland and lights to the front of the house. After five years, I have sort of mastered how things can go up and come down easily. I replaced lights in the greenery last year. So, I was looking forward to a quick placement and moving on.
In the tub where I store the greenery and lights, I also added the pieces of white nylon twine that I used for attaching last year. So, this made things go much, much faster. As you look at the porch, I swag the greenery with lights entwined from the right side as shown in the photo above to the left and down the hand rail. Then, I attach the other side in the same way. Last, I stake the spotlights right out from the porch corners and run extension cords to connect everything to a timer which is plugged in next to the front door. Easy, peasy!
Next, I always tackle the mantel. We have personalized needlepoint and velvet stockings for every member of our family. So, that is plenty decorative for our den mantel.
It was a combination of two dishes since one of the lids was broken during moving and I simply stacked two like dishes there and used the unbroken top to make it be more of a stacked china dish. It really looks as if it was made for that.
As I started this post, I thought I'd kept things pretty simple this year. However, I find that even with the simple things, we have much to enjoy and many blessings. I'll follow up this post with other Christmas tours of the house.