Christmas Kickoff

From Country Living Via Brown Turtleneck Sweater

Yesterday was spent listening to Christmas carols, playing Christmas movies while I puttered and Poppy played.  After making a pie and writing a letter I decided to look for inspiration for making our little house feel like a warm winter wonderland.  I found many images and was able to compile a list of natural and economical Christmas decor.  The rest of the day was spent at our round pine table creating paper snowflakes to hang about.

As I may have mentioned before, I love Christmas.  I can't even put into words the warm feeling that churns in my belly when I hear Bing sing or see the first Christmas decorations appear in the stores.  That being said, every year I have been doing less and less decorating because of the work {and mess} that it inevitably entails for me.  We have limited space and storage and each piece of furniture has its allotted space.  Not to mention the two dogs, four cats, and curious crawling {almost walking} baby.  To add a snowy miniature village, a large tree and more festive knick knacks takes it all to another level.  However, this year I am learning to let go of old beliefs and feel dedicated to the task.

Christmas is a frivolous and fun time reminiscent of childhood days.  All practicality should be tossed out the window and we should be jumping in with both feet.  Let the dishes sit while you make paper snowflakes.  Mess up the balance to fit in the tree and village that warms your heart.  The gingerbread crumbs and icing can all be wiped up.  Make room for living and worry about the mess later…come to think of it, this is good practice for the whole year.

So far the Winter Wonderland plans include:

Pomegranates, oranges and pine cones in the trees
Pine, dogwood, and spruce boughs in front planters
White twinkle lights in great abundance
Tiny village in studio
Paper snowflakes
Orange pomanders
Cedar boughs on the banister
Tree trimmings made of fabric, dried oranges, cranberries, popcorn, and paper
Learning more about the Solstice and other fun celebrations
Handmade Christmas gifts for all!

And so this post will be for those moments when I feel overwhelmed and lost…

Country Living Magazine

Country Living Magazine

Living Etc via Homebug

More Ways to Waste Time via Homebug

Better Homes and Gardens


SouleMama Archives


SouleMama Archives

Orange Pomanders via Right At Home



P.S. I want these for Christmas

By El Natualista though they have mysteriously disappeared from the internet since Tuesday.

That simply won't do.



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  1. Posted November 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm by Old Recipe for a New World | Permalink

    Have you seen this post from gardenmama about making beeswax ornaments? We’ve been making them here (the best part is when they don’t turn out “perfect” they can be melted down for another try).
    Enjoy your preparations!

  2. Posted November 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm by sara | Permalink

    love those boots!! I think you have seen my black el naturalista’s, which happen to be the most comfy boots I own. I think I have to stalk those babies – we can be boot twins!

  3. Posted November 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm by Annette | Permalink

    I love you! You inspire me SO much! That’s it- some marzipan stollen and this post have officially put me in the mood for the holidays…even though American Thanksgiving is next week. :)

  4. Posted November 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm by heather | Permalink

    talk about inspiring………………………….i am going to return to this post too, when i feel the need.

  5. Posted November 21, 2009 at 10:24 am by Liz | Permalink

    lovely post, indeed! the solstice decorating is well underway at our house. i might have to incorporate some of these ideas into our existing decorations, though :).
    i saw those boots on amazon the other day…if it weren’t for the price tag, they would be mine!

  6. Posted November 22, 2009 at 12:19 am by hillary | Permalink

    ooooo….lovely! I’m going to come back for Christmas inspirations, too.
    I swoon over those boots. Hope a pair finds it way under your tree.
    I have such a lovely vision of a Christmas tree from your description.
    We are heading home to Boston for a week for Thanksgiving and when we come back Christmas is on!

  7. Posted November 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm by Katy | Permalink

    LOVE this! Especially the dried oranges… might have to jump on that bandwagon, too!

  8. Posted January 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm by viagra online | Permalink

    I like these leather boots.

  9. Posted January 11, 2010 at 1:40 am by Term Papers | Permalink

    This post is full of creativity , I really admire this. Appreciated work, two thumbs for you.

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