Wishing you a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Perspective – Decorating Cheer Trending
I’ve never been one to follow trends, but I’ve done so accidentally, I’m decorating for CHRISTMAS. I didn’t know I was part of what might be a nationwide movement until I watched a news show yesterday on the topic. I’ve noticed in my area many people began to put up Christmas decor long before November even arrived. My husband and I chalked it up to warm weather and putting lights up with sunshine on your back instead of winter winds.
I’m going to bring out the Christmas boxes and ornaments one at a time. I’m going to hold them in my hand and delight in their history. I’m going to focus on the childhood faces of my sweet boys when I hold the glittered and painted handmade ornaments they made in my hand. I’m going to remember parents and grandparents when I use things that were precious to them throughout the years.
I always try to start with the Nativity. It is the reason for the season. It might be a cliche’, but it’s one I like and intend to live by through these next few months. The joy I have felt just thinking about bringing Christmas out early makes me think I might leave the beautiful reminders of God’s love up for a long, long time. Does the word ‘Springtime’ sound long enough?
Funny, I have no urge to buy anything new or change colors or placement. I want everything in the same old corners and rooms. Decorating early seems like a bit of insulation against the horrible circumstances of the current days. I wonder…are you decorating early too?
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2).
Pleasures & Projects – Beautiful Ribbons
Beautiful Christmas ribbon is on sale in stores at this time. The prices are slashed to almost nothing. I was able to purchase this beautiful blue-green ribbon for pennies. I don’t think it looks exclusively like Christmas, so I decided to use it to decorate some new desk accessories I recently purchased.
A glue gun was the perfect choice for attaching the ribbon. Since the ribbon is virtually weightless, the smallest dabs of glue were all that was needed to hold it in place. Another advantage of using a glue gun is that it is easy to remove. If I choose to change the colors on the desk it will be easy to pull the ribbon away and attach something new.
Posies – Friday Florals/Christmas Wreath
I enjoyed creating this Christmas wreath for my dining room wall. The colors are not traditionally Christmas, but they perfectly match the decor in the room. There are so many beautiful Christmas silks on the market now; I had a hard time making a choice.
A hot glue gun is the perfect tool for crafting wreaths. The silk flowers, after you cut away most of the stems with wire cutters, are very light and easy to attach with just a drop or two of glue in the recesses of the grapevine wreath. The Christmas ornaments are even easier, add a little glue to the top hanger and hide that portion within the leaves or wreath.
Special tip: If you don’t have wire cutters, raid your husband or boyfriend’s tool box. Many cutting or stripping tools have an additional area below the blades that are made for cutting wire. I can never seem to keep track of my wire cutters and these are a perfect stand-in tool.
Perspective – Christmas “To-Do” Lists
If you are like me you have more than one piece of paper filled top to bottom with plans you want to accomplish before Christmas. The photo above shows only one of my lists…my homemade decorations and projects. Oh my!
Where am I going to find time to make cookies and visit with loved ones?
I think on this first day of December I need to put things into perspective. I love the following video…a quick and unexpected four minutes of song helps relieve the busyness and stress for these holiday shoppers. A good reminder for all of us of what we are truly celebrating. Enjoy.