Thursday, December 7, 2017

Decked out








Hello! How is the holiday season treating you? Things are running pretty smoothly over here so far. I'm not feeling too much stress, which is kind of unusual for me at this time of year. I finished my Christmas shopping earlier than ever before, and that helps a lot. I still have to wrap everything, but I'll do it in the evenings over the next couple of weeks. We decorated the Christmas tree and put up the outdoor lights and all the other indoor decorations over the weekend. I'm enjoying having the tree up. I've always liked the feeling of being at home with the Christmas tree all lit up, even in the middle of the day. In fact, I turn on the lights first thing in the morning. The lights are on a switch in the foyer and I walk right to it when I come out of the bedroom (it's about ten paces, my house is small). By New Year's, I'll be itching to get everything packed away but right now, I'm all about maximizing holiday enjoyment.

On that note, I plan to bake cookies over the next few days. I will donate most of them to next week's school bake-sale fundraiser, and probably take some to a friend's party on Sunday afternoon. I usually bake about four different kinds of cookies and will try to do that this year too. I hope to try my new cookie press - a birthday present - to make a large batch of spritz cookies. I've never tried making them before so I've been looking at recipes. I'm excited about all the different ways to decorate them with colored sugars, sprinkles, candied fruits, icings...it's all so pretty. I've been thinking about Christmas dinner too; we'll have a spiral-sliced ham as usual, but I'm still deciding on side dishes and dessert.

It took me a bit to get excited about the holidays, but I'm finally starting to feel it now. The weather has been so warm and dry, it just didn't feel like winter until this week. Now it's freezing cold and we have a little bit of snow on the mountain for the first time. It helped some to go to the mall last week and see the decorations while the Bear and I finished up our shopping and made a return. And now the small Bears have started their chocolate Advent calendars, which lends a festive moment to every day.

Yesterday, I went to Trader Joe's and saw a few things I'll go back for closer to Christmas, for festive meals and snacking. I don't want to buy them too soon because then we'll just eat them all. I did buy a really cool amaryllis bulb. The bulb is dipped in wax and you don't have to water it. You don't even need a pot. I did put it on a saucer to protect my kitchen tablecloth, just in case the red wax rubs off or bleeds. Otherwise, it's really neat! The flowers will be red, which is my favorite amaryllis color. I may buy a poinsettia soon; I don't buy them every year but Smith's has the rose-pink ones I really like.

This weekend, I have a crafty project to work on, to help the LB's teacher. The school has its annual art show next week, just before school finishes for the holidays, and she needs name cards for the display tables. She knows I like to make stuff, so she always sends things home for me to put together. I get to work with pretty papers and glue, which suits me just fine. I've been crocheting a lot in between all the activities and that stashbuster I shared in my link party post is really coming along!

I've been reading in bed at night. We bought ourselves new bedding in the Black Friday online sales and now have a much warmer comforter and two new sets of sheets. I kept saying I was going to buy a white or cream cover to put on the old duvet, but when we seriously started to discuss it, we realized we didn't want to deal with white, and what we really needed was a warmer blanket, so we bought a linen comforter set. It's a pale duck-egg blue color, not white. It's very snuggly and warm, looks great in the room (very pulled-together and grown-up), and matches my Maybelle blanket beautifully, so I'm happy. I can't stay out of my bed now! Everybody wins, haha.

This post ended up being newsier and maybe choppier than I'd planned, but that's just life. I hope you have a good weekend! Enjoy your holiday prep and all the fun and festive times, and remember to breathe - everything is going to be just great.

17 comments:

  1. Nice word 'newsier' I shall be using it more myself! We put up our decs when the children finish school on the 15th December, it signals that we can all go crazy, eat loads, lie in and generally start the festivities. I want a cookie post please!! Jo x

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  2. Your house looks so fun and festive.
    We are supposed to get a little snow this weekend. Right now, it feels like November!

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  3. Hey Jennifer,
    I have a few festive bits dotted about, and am getting the tree this weekend. I have been crazy busy with work, so am behind with most things, and am not really feeling the vibe yet. However Sam is home next weekend, and I expect the excitement of seeing him will help me along. By the way, how do you manage the candy canes on the tree? Mine would snaffle them all while my back was turned!
    Leanne xx

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  4. how fun!!! I love making cookies for Christmas! I hope yours are wonderful! It's nice to decorate for the holidays! :)

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  5. Your tree is looking magical, and is that outside lights shining in as well. It all looks so pretty. Nothing much festive here yet, although I did put a couple of things on a list. Only one more week of school here, so I really need to get the whole gift thing sorted and wrapped before the children finish. Oh yes, and write an ebook for someone and walk the dog for about a hundred hours. Somehow it all gets done though. You have a nice calm, relaxed vibe at the moment, I am envying you! CJ xx

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  6. It looks so cosy and calm in your home right now. Your tree looks beautiful. I'm hoping to work some Christmas magic on our home this weekend, decorating the tree and doing some baking. I will try to remember to breathe. X

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  7. I'm slowly getting things decorated around here, we couldn't find the Christmas stockings for two days, but Mac found them today. The tree is done, the dining room is almost done and tomorrow I'll finish the living room. Counting the days till our daughter gets here from Japan.

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  8. It's looking beautiful! I enjoy having the house all decorated and the lights on too. I too am ready to take it down when Christmas is done though.

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  9. Your home is so beautiful & welcoming.

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  10. Your tree looks lovely. Mick got ours out of the loft last weekend but we still haven't got round to putting it up, perhaps tonight as Eleanor comes home from uni tomorrow and I'd like it up before she gets home. I've still got some shopping to do and nothing's wrapped up yet, but it'll all get done in time.

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  11. I like the way your post turned out. Lots of bits and pieces of your life right now and I really enjoyed catching up. Glad you found the bed linens that are exactly what you want. Everything looks so cozy and inviting. I hope you stay warm!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. Lovely post with lots of news. I did laugh at the phrase "holiday season" as it is becoming used here more and more. I'm not a fan - we're not in USA, which is what i tell everyone; holidays here are for going away and it's one day to me :). Christmas coincides with long summer 6-8-12 weeks hols here (depending on what school your child goes to and if at university (which starts back early March, unless doing teacher training like me which starts Jan. 22) and they all finish from mid-November depending on age of child to a few days before Christmas. We are stupid 27-33 degrees celcius already (NZ is so much hotter and you will get sunburnt in just 4 minutes!)which is February weather! Say warm - I do like a dark, colder Christmas - here it is all beach, bbq, tents, camping and the country can literally shut down for weeks!

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  13. It looks cozy in your house, lovely. You sound content and happy, just how it should be. I am glad you are not letting the craziness around you get to you. Here, there's not a Christmas decoration in sight. I don't like putting them up before Alistair's birthday, which is next week. Also, Sam has just started revamping his room (arrrghh) and has essentially spread all his stuff around the house. It doesn't feel very cosy unfortunately. Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  14. I know what you mean about the warm weather. It's weird!
    Merry, merry, Jennifer!

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  15. I just love how cozy Christmas decor makes our homes feel! And it is even better when we're not stressing about it. Happy Holidays to you!!!

    Andrea

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  16. Mmm looking forward to seeing and hearing about all the cookies you whip up.
    yay on the comfy new bedding..

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  17. Haha -- well, it looks like you're at least getting out of bed some of the time -- you've done so much for the holidays and it looks beautiful! I'm working on projects, late as usual. It's always the way LOL!

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