I just love decorating for Christmas! The house becomes bright and festive. Neal and I enjoy the warm glow of the Christmas tree 🎄, hot cocoa ☕️, tasty treats 🍪, time with family, and celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ who is the reason for the season! 🙏
Because we host Thanksgiving with our family, we typically decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. (I think we might be the last people who decorate for Christmas! 😳)
I like using live greenery as a centerpiece on our dining room table. However, I don’t add the live greenery until a few days before our family arrives for Christmas. I want it to be fresh and lush for our Christmas meals together.
Initially (until I add the greenery), I use a glass tree in the middle, a ring of red berries, silver candlesticks with red candles, antique elf figurines (our Emmy’s initials prior to her getting married were ELF ☺️), and three strings of silver beads. Using strings of beads always make me think of my mother; she would expertly lay strings of beads around our nativity scene, candles, and figurines when I was a child. It gave ordinary decorations that extra Christmas sparkle!
The picture below shows my centerpiece prior to adding greenery. 🎄(Can you tell I have a love affair with burlap?🤦♀️) Our initial centerpiece is nothing spectacular, but Neal and I enjoy it as we eat dinner each evening (and we always sit at our table enjoying Neal’s good cooking).
The day before our family arrives, I add the greenery. Neal and I bundle up and take a walk through our neighborhood, which is heavily wooded. It is sort of our time alone before our house is filled with family members (and many dogs 🐶 waiting for food to be dropped). I take utility scissors ✂and a large basket 🧺on our walk. We clip a variety of greenery. 🌲 I especially like greenery that has red berries. Fresh greenery smells great and gives the table a natural, but festive look. I layer the pieces with the cut ends towards the center (where the glass tree is located). I continue to layer until the cut ends are no longer visible and there is a variety of greenery. I love the smell and the texture it adds to our table! (The picture below is actually from last Christmas.)
On a side note, I purchased the glass Christmas tree at TJ Maxx a few years ago (2014) prior to Emmy and Keith’s December wedding. I used it as a centerpiece at Emmy’s Bridemaids’ luncheon (all silver centerpiece). It reminds me of Emmy, her sweet girlfriends and her loving husband Keith – – such sweet memories! ❤️ This is why I enjoy using things I already have. It makes me think of the person or takes me back to a special moment in time. Yes, I am a sentimental person who is blessed by having a great family and friends. ☺️
I realize that I am not an expert decorator. I just like what I like and enjoy the memories that accompany decorating for Christmas. Our home is not a showplace, but a safe haven filled with love and laughter. I look forward to creating new memories this Christmas!
Thanks for reading this post! 😉 May you have a Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Please share 📝how you incorporate special family keepsakes into your Christmas decor?
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