Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Easy Christmas Decorations

All up and down the East Coast, snow is covering the ground today. Many New England children are enjoying a snow day, but I'm sure classes are going on at my alma mater -- that's a drawback of attending a boarding school.

Here in New York, we keep being promised a couple inches of snow, but so far it's been melting before it hits the ground. The only indication of a snowy December is on the tree limbs and the tops of the parked cars, but it's still our first real snowfall of the season, which is always exciting.

On this somewhat snowy day, I thought it would be nice to share a couple of the Christmas decorations we've put out. After hanging a wreath on our door, I decided to skip the tree -- and to skip most of our decorations as well. Hanukkah was early, Thanksgiving was late… With such a short Christmas season this year, it just feels like a good time to skip the tree without feeling sad about it, and I'm sure we'll put one up again next year. But we did put out a few decorations so we can feel a little festive. Here are a couple pictures, if you'd like to see...

The Japanese float at the front came from a trip to San Francisco where they wash up on the shores. I think they're beautiful on their own, but to add a little holiday cheer (and to balance out the glass and the wood), I rolled up a string of lights. The way the lights shine through the glass makes me smile.

I have to keep myself from collecting anything and everything covered in sweater-like fabric. It's so cozy.

This is our little Christmas forest. The poinsettia runner is hand made by an artist in New York. I cannot imagine the amount of work that goes into each of her lace runners. It creates a pretty pattern when the light shines through it.

The trees are from Gracious Home -- don't they always have such interesting decorations? They're covered in glitter, which, I admit, I love getting all over the house. I'm fine with anything sparkling with a little more glitter.

I chose just a few sparkly ornaments to place in a bowl. Just because we don't have a tree doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy them.

I hope you're enjoying some snow -- or at least some pretty snow-covered decorations -- today!

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