‘Tis the season… to decorate

Like so many others, I’m a sucker for the Christmas season. The whole dang season. Now, I do request that the season not start until all the Thanksgiving dishes have been washed and put away, but after that? Bring. It. On.

Christmas music has been playing since November 28th. Nearly all Christmas music is good music, and certain songs get me excited to illogical degrees – yes, I’m talking about Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. There was a time I could actually hit that high note, but – like Mariah – I don’t let my slightly-past-prime range stop me from trying. At top volume. Some of my favorite holiday season albums are actually compilations that you just can’t purchase. I worked for a company in Chicago that… well, that’s a whole other story. Or five. However, they had a music guru on staff (not working in music, of course) that created an annual collection, each year with a slightly different tilt. Holiday Swing: at 333 remains my go-to for group gatherings. The songs are all classics, but just a little cooler than the standard versions. Think Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Dean Martin and Lena Horne. If you can, try to imagine that music playing as you wander through my holiday decorations. I hope you enjoy!

MantleFor the stockings WERE hung by the chimney with care. Along with lights, family wedding portraits, festive greens and twinkly white lights. Stocking on left from TJMaxx.

Mantle Peace

Annalee Reindeer stamp

Wedding portrait of my paternal grandparents, Howard and Betty. The Annalee caroling mouse is a family piece that I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. This year I stumbled across more Annalee characters at TJMaxx – there is another mouse, carrying a wreath, book-ending the other side of the mantle. The stamp in front was handmade by my mother when I was much, much younger, and served as one of four that my sister and I used to create the family’s annual Christmas cards.

Deer snowglobe candlesticks

These handsome fellows reside on the china/liquor hutch in our dining room. The candlesticks and snow globe were found at Home Goods, Inc., Selected snow globes – including this one – do more than just decorate your home. Fifty percent of the purchase price of each snow globe is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Center!

Entry Table

An entry table hosts these two deer (won at an office holiday party in Florida), several Christmas trees of different color and material (Target, Home Depot and Pier 1 Imports from left to right) and a cardinal decorated LED candle (with timer!) from Pier 1 Imports.

Lit Tree

And, of course, the tree, bedecked and bedazzled with ornaments collected over many years, some before I was born. Even in Florida, far away from my family, simply hanging those family decorations took me back to every other Christmas tree I’ve decorated throughout my life.

Hope you’re enjoying this holiday season, keeping warm and thinking fondly of friends and family!

 

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