Bringing Christmas Cheer

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I promised myself that I would get caught up with work and make the last week before Christmas special for my family.  So far, so good.  The store is closed and the last client appointment of the year is today.

I wanted to share a few scenes from our house as I wind down on the posting.  My plan was to keep it simple and really, I did.  Probably even simpler than last year.  For me, holiday decor doesn't change much from year to year, but in case you are new around these parts, you might see something new (to you).

Last year Mom gave me a box of vintage ornaments.  They are too delicate to hang on the tree so I placed them in an old milk glass dish along with ornaments that belonged to my great-grandmother.  These colors make me happy.

Most days our chalk board hanging on the pantry door holds a running grocery list.  Recently I added the tree.  Can't wait to see the panic when everyone realizes the grocery list is gone :).

Traditions are so important to my husband and me and I'm pretty sure we got it from our parents.  Childhood stories hold a special place in my heart and I vividly remember reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas every year.  I think many of us can relate to traditions that we treasure.  This stack of storybooks didn't go unnoticed when they were placed on the ottoman.  Even really cool teenagers enjoy a good picture book once in a while - which gives me hope that these traditions will carry on.


  1. Beautiful ornaments! I'd love to find copies of those books! Love the tree on the blackboard, and the apron is so pretty!

  2. Very nice Rene. The bowl of vintage ornaments is so pretty and I love the tradition of the Christmas books...I do that too. Good memories for the kids to pick up those books so many years later. Glad you are caught up so you can enjoy the time with your family. xo

  3. So happy to hear you are winding down. Enjoy your last appointment today. I love the chalkboard and the books are so special. We turned off all of the lights and read a couple last night with flashlights. Excited to share my Secret Santa tomorrow!

  4. Sweet post, Rene! I have a box of my Grandma's vintage ornaments that I love, I'm kind of afraid to set them out as our kitty likes them, too. We have a box of Christmas books, I always bought a new one each year ~ still bring them out, even though they go unread! :( I've always thought it would be a nice thing to pass down one day. Wishing you and your guys the Merriest Christmas!

  5. Oh my goodness--that particular version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is the exact same one I had as a kid--the binding was even worn in the same way! What a flood of memories just came back. I can remember each and every illustration, but unfortunately, I have no idea what happened to the book. I also caught a glimpse of "Toot and Puddle", one of my all-time favorites. Great choices!


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