When I started writing this post it was all about the stress that December can bring~ with preparing for the holidays, buying gifts, readying the house for company, etc~ and then I deleted every last word and started again. I am sure many of us are stressing over getting things done, that is almost a given for anyone at this time of the year, but I thought a post about welcoming and enjoying December would be much more fun and appreciated.
So welcome December, I am so glad you are here. I love the darker days, and the cooler temperatures and even the snow ( yes, we have had some snow already and I was thrilled!). Decorating for Christmas is such an enjoyable pastime. I have to admit that I probably go overboard with the decorations. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year and I want to enjoy it to the fullest, and lots of decorations are part of that!
Every year we get a real tree but don’t put that up until mid December ( we have to make sure it lasts into the New Year), but that doesn’t deter from the Christmassy feeling in our house at all. We have a lot of artificial trees ( yes, when I say a lot, I mean about 7 or 8). Some of them are bigger and others are tiny, but it is pretty common to see a tree in every room of the house. And when I run out of trees, I use greenery to decorate. And lights! Lights make everything more magical, don’t you think? Personally I love the little white lights that twinkle, but anything will do. And don’t forget about the candles! The more, the merrier!
One decoration that is very near and dear to my heart is the wooden church that my dad made for us many years ago. My parents had one and he modelled the ones he made for me and my sister after theirs. I love it so much because it was handmade by my dad and it will always be treasured for just that reason.
My collection of Santas is quite impressive. Years and years ago I took part in a Block of the Month program through a local quilt shop. Every month you received the materials and instructions for one block, plus a Santa. Well, I never made that quilt, but I collected all those Santas, and those are one of the first things I pull out each year. If you look carefully, you will see that every Santa has a quilt block design on him somewhere!
I don’t know how I got started collecting my little glitter houses, but they have this wonderful German feel, and I adore them. They have seen better days ( being made out of cardboard they do not stand up well to years of use), but I love them, flaws and all.
I also have a collection of ceramic houses and I love seeing our son trying to peek in the windows of the church and the shops, trying to spy something new.
Our banister gets decked out too! I love hanging different little items from it, like the long stockings, and the fabric skates that I designed last year. And of course I have to sneak in a few toadstools where I can!
And then there are the quilts….how could I decorate for Christmas and not use quilts? Quilts are cozy at the best of times, but especially so at Christmas time! You will find little quilts all through our home, but I also have a few larger ones.
And even now, I am working on one that will be a perfect cuddle or big wall quilt ( if I can find the time to finish it!)
You can find this free pattern here.
So there you have it, a Christmassy tour of a quilter’s home. I hope that you are enjoying the season and that you are taking time to do some quilting, decorating, and baking. ( If I could only add scents to a blog post…smell those cookies baking right now??)
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!