Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having a wonderful time celebrating with their family and friends! So far, our Christmas has been blessed beyond measure with family and friends and Christmas Day hasn't even arrived yet. My son arrived last night; it was so good to welcome him home again. My husband had an awesome Christmas work party and received some generous gift cards from his employers. And I just threw a ladies Christmas tea for some friends yesterday that went so well. I really felt the presence of the Lord during our visit, and we promised to get together more often. Ashley, Jason, and our new grand baby Alethea will arrive tomorrow. Jason's father will be visiting us later in the week. And New Year's Day we will be throwing our annual New Years Day party with our oldest friends. Fun, fun, fun!
I will be taking a two week blogging break starting today. One week just to have fun, and one week to have time to write blog posts for the next week. If I only took the holiday week off, I would have to write blog posts during the holiday week, and I don't want to do that. I want to cherish every minute of my time with my family and friends. I will return to a regular blogging schedule on January 8, 2018!
In the meantime, I wanted to show you a few pictures of my home decorated for Christmas. Last year I went all out and made many videos of my Christmas Decorations. You can check out my YouTube Channel HERE if your interested in seeing those. This year, I decided to simplify my Christmas Decorations. One reason was to be easier for me and another reason was to follow current Christmas decorations trends. I've noticed as I perused the web that flocking, greenery, undecorated rustic trees and garland with lights are trending, so I tried to incorporate some of those new ideas with my own Christmas decor.
My son gave me this sleigh as my Christmas gift last year. I placed it in my entry way and filled it with presents and greenery. I placed three little lit green trees around the sleigh and left them undecorated.
On the entry way table next to the sleigh I placed a Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus statue surrounded by greenery and a "Merry Christmas" sign. I want everyone to know when they enter my house that "Jesus is the Reason for the Season".
To keep up with my simpler Christmas decorating theme, I only decorated one tree this year instead of two or more. I put it in my family room. In previous years, I've always done this room in red and gold colors. This year, I decided to go with a monochromatic theme and decorate the entire tree and entertainment center garland in gold.
I put gold snowflakes on the tree, in the garland, and on the windows!
I tried a new technique this year and I absolutely love it! My cat in previous years always destroyed my Christmas Tree so I wanted to figure out another way to put ribbon on my tree where he wouldn't be able to pull it off. It's called the Octopus Technique. You cut three strands of ribbon and tie them to the tree. It not only keeps the ribbon secure, but it makes the tree look so full and lush as well. I made a video explaining this technique and I put it on my Facebook Page HERE.
In the living room, I put up a simple garland of greenery, gold bulbs, and bows on my staircase, and I added a tall ceramic angel to my end table.
For the dining room I put up my usual Christmas plates and added a simple lighted garland with a few gold bows to the opening of the dining room/office area.
I did decorate the chandelier and add some greenery to the top of other furnishings as well.
I added just a touch of Christmas in our master bedroom by putting a silver metallic tree on one nightstand and a silver vase filled with Christmas greenery on another.
For the kitchen, I just decorated with more Christmas greenery and Christmas Cookie Cook Books.