Christmas Decorations

The stockings have been hung by the chimney with care! Patrick and I have been enjoying the fruits of our holiday decorating labor for the past few weeks now. As you know Thanksgiving came early this year and the holidays are a little bit longer. We decided to go ahead and get our tree that weekend to maximize our enjoyment! We purchased a live tree from TROSA. They're a local nonprofit, Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, that is a "comprehensive, long-term, residential substance abuse recovery program" click here for more information. If you are interested in a live tree we highly recommend TROSA! Their holiday tree lots are amazing; so many options and they trim the tree, bag the tree, and load it on your car!

We decorated our tree with the small colored lights and the felt ornaments we made two years ago.

We splurged on "forever" stockings this year that we can use for years to come when we're married! Patrick chose a train and I chose the cute ginger bread couple. We purchased the cotton Holiday Needlepoint Stockings from L.L. Bean and have been very happy with them. I wonder what Santa will fill them with? And just so Santa knows who the stockings belong to we placed our individual homemade felt stocking ornaments with our initial on the appropriate stocking.

This was our centerpiece that held on for a few weeks but I just couldn't get the hang of when the poinsettia needed watering. All the leaves fell off and Patrick threw it out last week. I love the candles on our table because you can switch out the visual display for whatever is appropriate. I have miniature ornaments in them this month (mainly because I didn't have enough space to display the miniature tree).

As I just mentioned space is a premium in the townhouse and it was hard to find nooks and crannies for all the decorations! I displayed our snow globe collection from Granny and Poppa as well as some nutcrackers where we usually have our wine racks. Then on the bar counter I placed a collection of Christmas trees.

The wine rack got moved to the kitchen. Next to it you'll see the first glimpse of our Spode Christmas Tree collection which has been expanding. Last year we started with a 12 piece set; I added another set this year so we have eight place settings and some additional serving pieces.

I displayed all of the Christmas Tree serving pieces in the coffee bar area so that it would be pretty and easy to grab when we would be entertaining! My parents visited one Sunday afternoon for a pleasant luncheon; then we had Marianne and Stephen over for a fun game night.

Last but not least are the miniature Christmas trees lining the kitchen cabinets!

Hope all your decorations are up!

1 comment:

  1. Decorations are beautiful!!! We enjoyed being with you so much the other Sunday afternoon. Lunch was delicious. All your food was great.