Sunday, December 21, 2014

Snippets of Christmas in Our Home

Well, I'm not sure why, but Christmas has felt a little hurried for me this year.  December is a month that I like to savor and I usually do my best not to get carried away in all the hustle and bustle.  This year I had to remind myself to slow down because Christmas was starting to feel like a checklist rather than a magical and peaceful month spent preparing for a celebration.  To be fair, my boys have been sick a couple times (Andrew seems to have the flu now) and Jimmy was out of town for 8 days, which set me back time wise.  I also wanted a little break after hosting Thanksgiving before I jumped into the next holiday.  Despite feeling a bit more rushed than I wanted to be, the last three weeks have also been filled with wonderful family memories and traditions, both new and old.  More than anything else, whether I'm decorating our home for the holidays or baking cookies or snuggling my boys while we watch Christmas movies and read Christmas stories, I do it all in the hope of creating a magical Christmas for them.  Here are a few snippets from the last couple weeks...

^^At the Holiday Dazzle downtown Cincinnati.  It was our first year attending and the boys loved it. We had dinner and drinks over looking Fountain Square where we saw Santa repel down a building and watched a fun firework display.  The boys liked meeting Mrs. Claus for story time afterwards and I liked hearing all the carolers on the square.  Every time I've put on my apron since, Charlie has reminded me I look like Mrs. Claus. Haha.^^

^^ Charlie picked out the tree from the Boy Scout tree lot this year.  The boys walked the tree home, too strong for pulling it in a wagon now. ^^


^^ I made the garland on the mantle out of clippings from our yard.  The greens were fresh when I clipped them. I soaked them in water for 24 hours, and misted them twice a day.  They stayed fresh looking for about 9 days and have since been replaced with artificial greens.  I know some people like the look of dried greens but saddly, I'm not one of them.  Once they look dry, they gotta go.  Next year I will leave the greens outside until one week before Christmas and then I'll bring them in. ^^
















I hope the hustle and bustle is behind all of you now too and you can just enjoy time with the friends and family before the magic of the season comes to an end. Merry Christmas!!  xx



14 comments :

  1. Absolutely Beautiful!!! Love love love the way you decorated your mantel!

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  2. Tessa- enjoy what's left of the month. your home is beautiful. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Tessa, you've done an amazing job of creating a home full of warmth and understated loveliness. So beautiful, cozy, tasteful…always love to visit your blog. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Everything looks beautiful! I finally tracked down a copy of MWL, and that's been wonderful, too. This month has flown by--maybe because Thanksgiving was so late?--but I plan to savor the week between Christmas and New Year's. I hope you can, too! Merry Christmas and many thanks for the inspiration you provide all year long!

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  5. Okay, I will make cutout Christmas tree cookies. Yours convinced me. Your mantel is beautiful and thanks for answering the question I've had this December: Do bloggers really use fresh greens early in December?

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  6. I'm glad that it's not just me -- December has seemed so short this year! But, when it is filled with Christmas joy, the days are good nevertheless. Your home is beautiful & most importantly, I think that you are creating magic for your family. Merry Christmas to you!

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  7. Your home is beautiful. Did you repeat anything MWL did last year this year? (I think you mentioned the green pillow in the playroom -- were there others?) As to greens, I agree -- live is much better than dried! Perhaps that is why our mothers and grandmothers didn't decorate with greens until 10 to 14 days before Christmas! Instead of pre-Thanksgiving like so many seem to do now! But . . . if you buy greens, often all you can find that close to Christmas are "dried" ones in the store -- LOL! But I do love those real greens -- and the smell in the house -- heavenly!

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  8. So cozy! There are two shops that make me think of your blog/you every time I walk in them-Josephines in Alpharetta, GA-it's an absolutely amazing antique/gift shop and the owner looks just like your mom from the photos I've seen you post. And The Plantation Shop in Amelia Island, check out their FB page chock full of their antique shipments!

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  9. Your home is so beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  10. Thank you for sharing. Love the photos you choose to share. Merry Christmas to you, too.

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  11. Everything looks so festive! Good for you for enjoying the quiet moments! It does go by so fast!

    Merry Christmas!

    Jane x

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  12. I so enjoyed seeing into your beautiful home. I hope that everyone is on the mend so that you can all enjoy the Holidays together! Happy Holidays!

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  13. Your home just seems to be perfect for Christmas. I love how you decorate and your thoughts on family, gifting and this wonderful season. Thank you for the inspiration! I wish you lots of time relaxing in pj's and enjoying those little twinkle lights. Merry Christmas!

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