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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Deck the Halls

Every year I say I'm going to cut back on my Christmas decorating, to just get out a few things. It always seems overwhelming before I get started because, over the years, I've accumulated so many Christmas decorations. What was I thinking when I started a music box collection for my oldest son and a Nutcracker collection for my youngest? Why in the world do I have three cabinets full of Santas? Does anyone really need this much sugared fruit?

But then I get started and I think, "Well, it won't be so much trouble to put a garland here and a swag there, and before you know it, every mantle is swathed in pine boughs and cedar, and every cupboard is decked in magnolia and ivy. And then I remember why I collected all of this to begin with: because I love it when the house is twinkly and bright. So, I never cut back, and I never simplify, and I never regret the time and effort it takes. I decorate for Christmas because it makes me happy to be surrounded by things that remind me of the spirit of Christmas, of love and warmth and family and home. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and that you too are surrounded by love and warmth of family and home.


















for Created By Hand, Inspiration Avenue, and the Three Muses

11 comments:

Giggles said...

It all looks so beautiful! I think artists are in their glory at Christmas, with all the glitter and twinkle abounding. I know I love my pink and purple lights. I changed to some led lights that are blue and white snowflakes in another room, but also beautiful! I could keep lights up all year thats how much I love them. And in the 80's when the cottage type look was really in, I did keep some up! It was tasteful then. I am much less tasteful now as I follow my bliss of creativity my way! Merry Christmas dear artist! Wish I could drop in and have a drink...looks so cozy! Instead I will wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! And creative abundance for the new year!

Hugs Giggles

Sharon said...

So warm and beautiful. Merry Christmas.

indybev said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas home. It all looks beautiful and serene. Blessings on you and yours this holiday season!!

Antonio Machado said...

Merry Christmas!
Feliz Natal!

Janet Ghio said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your decorations with us! Have a wonderful Christmas and the very best New Year!!!

Robyn said...

Love those decked halls in red and green
Thanks for sharing with created Byhand

Janet said...

Your home looks beautiful....very warm, inviting, and festive.

Merry Christmas to you!!!!

pinkglitterfae said...

what a gorgeous home! I would never simplify either, I love the look of all the beautiful Christmas things I collected over the years. I love my Santa collection too, and would keep it out year round if I could, lol!
Merry Christmas to you!

Lori Saul said...

A beautiful and enchanted holiday scene Kathy; warm and comforting. Have the best Christmas and New Year's ever!

Marit said...

Merry, merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Kathy!!! Love from Holland!

Yogi said...

thanks for a glimpse into your magical world of Xmas
Thanks for playing along with Created By Hand this week