I am a very lucky person in many ways. One of those ways is in how I celebrate Christmas. I concentrate on the bits of the holiday season that I like and ignore the rest. I'm lucky because I am in a situation to do so. I don't have any sort of peer or family pressure on me to drag me out of my own happy little zone. It wasn't always this way, but now I'm a tall version of a Christmas elf that goes throughout our house sprinkling fairy dust in as many places as I can.
In years past I've spread some of my holiday cheer here on Kittling: Books by showing you how I decorate our home. This year won't be any different, although I won't be showing as many photos this time around. For those of you who are Facebook friends, you can see lots more of my holiday decorating on my Facebook page.
I told myself that I would stick to six photos. Let's see if I can hold to that! (Click on any of them to see them in larger sizes.)
|The living room as seen from the entry way.|
When you see our house from the street during the holidays, all you can see are Christmas trees in the picture window. There are seven decorated trees in the living room, from two feet tall all the way to 7½ feet tall.
|My Christmas Forest in the living room.|
In the photo above, you can see all seven trees. With all the lights and candles lit, this room is magical at night!
|My TBR shelves decorated for the holidays.|
I don't care what interior designers say, I love my books-- look at the glimmer of lights on the dust jackets!-- and bookcases are perfect things to decorate for the holidays, especially if you have collections like finials (tree toppers) and 50-year-old carolers made by your mother that you don't want in areas where they can be damaged!
|My craft room/ library.|
My craft room has four trees. You can see three of them here. The front edge of my work table has goodies for three types of people: fiber fans to the left, book lovers in the middle, and cookie munchers (Creme de Menthe Cheesecake cookies) to the right.
|Christmas cheer in the family room.|
The family room is where I have my kitchen tree, but since I've shown it in years past, I decided to show you a different area of the room. The afghan on the sofa is the very first one my mother knitted back in the 1960s. And if you're wondering just how many trees I do have, that number would be fourteen. No, that's not a typo!
|New for 2012: my Butterfly Tree.|
My favorite theme tree this year is my Butterfly tree. At night with the lights shining through the butterfly wings, it looks a bit enchanted. Next year I plan to change out my other theme trees, and I already have several ideas percolating in my head.
Especially in these troubling times, it's important to focus on one's blessings, on what is right and joyful in our lives. One of the ways I show how blessed I feel is by decorating this house-- and I hope I've brought a smile to your faces, my friends.
From our house to yours-- Blessings!