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A Christmas Note

In times of uncertainty, overall turmoil and distress, I find it comforting, soothing and healing to spent holidays with my family. I think almost everyone feels the same way. Getting ready for this holiday season is like a ritual revered with great dearness. The awaiting period makes me feel like a child all over again, especially now that I have children of my own.


Some of you might travel, others of you might stay home and enjoy its charm!
Arachova village
source: www.visitgreece.gr

A decorated front porch
source:  www.lowes.com

An alternative Christmas tree
source: www.vintageandchic.blogspot.com




I watched my son's eagerness (he's five and a half now) to decorate our Christmas tree and although, we use the same ornaments almost every year for the past six years (plus or minus a few) it felt different. Partly because this will be my daughter's first Christmas. (I should mention that last year due to some pregnancy issues, I wasn't in a condition to decorate a tree). Naturally, our eagerness this year was amplified. We love our tree though it's not perfect. Most of its ornaments have a story to tell and that makes them special to us. (One of them is over 35 years old, some others I baked them and hand-painted them with my son three years ago).


Our Christmas tree, decorated by my son!

Anyway, this year I'm hoping to catch up with friends and family and enjoy some quality time with those dearest to me - my children and husband. I would also love to find a little free time to work on my oil paintings. You see I have these floating ideas in my head lately and I feel like I'm about to burst if I don't start putting them down on canvas! Inspiration has struck me! I already went out the other day and bought the canvas and the rest of the supplies. All I have to do now is to sit and do it!


Greet your guests at the entryway
source: www.lowes.com



I hope that I pass on to you some of this holiday spirit by presenting some Christmas settings. It is compilation that I found interesting enough. Don't forget that no matter how much or how well you "stage" your home for these holidays, the greatest thing of all is to wear is your brightest smile - no matter what - and count your blessings!


A beautiful centerpiece arrangement
source: www.lowes.com






     


No rule against roses!
source for the above settings: www.idealhome.co.uk  


source:  www.margaretofyork.com

I'd like to remind you that when decorating a house it is best to swap out a few unnecessary items. That way you will contain the clutter that tends to spoil your home' styling. Group together your decor for more impact. Layer it! Think in both horizontal and vertical terms. Remember the basics: cinnamon sticks, candles, acorns, pine branches, nuts, berries, baubles and lights, lights, lights might be all you need! Simplicity is a classic value!


A rustic reeindeer carousel
source: www.eatlaughcraft.com
source: www.kathy-cottagedreams.blogspot.com




I wish you all a Merry Christmas!  

Happy holidays! 


P.S. After the holidays I'll be posting special features starting with RUGS!


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