The past few days have been wonderful. Christmas is definitely a magically time and this year was no exception. I'm sure there will be at least 2 or 3 future-blog-posts documenting our Christmas festivities, but I wanted to quickly capture our Christmas-y home before the decorations are laid to rest for the next 11 months.
I'm not quite ready to part with them yet, it always seems a little less cheery when the sparkly lights and the some-what-annoying-yet-so-very-festive glitter is officially gone. I'm especially going to miss our very first Christmas mantle. We have never had a fire-place before this house and this past summer, Mr. McCoyver himself built this beautiful mantle for our home...
A pair of eyebolts, some rope, and five little clothes pins were all we needed to hang our stockings while simultaneously completing our first ever pinterest-inspired project. For the mantle-top, I used various jars (including the recently emptied pickle jar) filled with pine branches, fresh cranberries, water, and finally a tealight.
I love how they glow at night.
We will all be sad to see our tree go as well...
It was so much fun plastering the tree and house with the mossy branches and giant sugar pine-cones we gathered here.
It's always so enjoyable, yet ever-so-slightly tortuous, trying to cram all of my decor into every nook and cranny of this place...
If you can't tell, I kinda love decorating for Christmas. It kinda takes me like 2 weeks. I kinda mostly don't care, but I'm fairly certain John hates every single moment of those 2 weeks. I'm not sure why, maybe the glitter-galore, the styrofoam remnants scattered here and there, and the pine-needles crunching unceasingly beneath our feet, get to him...either way, it's worth it in the end. Hopefully this post will help me meet my goal of getting it all up in 1 week next year. Would anyone mind reminding me of that particular goal next year?
Yes, I'm sad to see it all soon go, but the things I will miss the most, those little wonders I have cherished this year are...
The hundreds (literally) of snowflakes Wyatt made while off track, though the vacuum and I will both be glad to see the gazillion little white paper remnants found EVERYWHERE disappear for good.
The sweet little snow-globe he made but couldn't wait until Christmas to give us...
*If you were wondering*
*If you were wondering*
Chanel-quilted velvet stockings found here.
Jim Shore Heritage nativity found on this outing.
Lovely little birdies found here.
St. Nicholas Square village found here.