We use the same decorations year after year. Cherished ornaments that each have a memory attached adorn the tree. The wreaths on the mirrors were purchased from the dollar store many moons ago, but with a simple tweak of berries and ribbon they shine. This year we were very fortunate to receive free poinsettias from our local grocery (Earthfare) and I love them on the mantel. We have stockings, but didn't use them this season.
berry wreath I used for the fall. I just removed the grasses and goldenrod and substituted evergreens.
This year decorating was much more fun thanks to my niece and nephews. My niece assisted with the lights and garland and then each child carefully placed special ornaments of their choosing (: Afterwards we had cocoa, lit the candles in the fireplace and watched a Veggie Tales Christmas movie. We finished off the night with a drive through Christmas Town to see even more lights and Santa as he made his nightly walk through the village. Such great memories that will last a lifetime (:
This holiday season has been a different one for us. Simplicity has been at the core and it has made the celebrating so much sweeter. When we tear away the busyness and commercial emphasis, we begin to really appreciate the great gift that was given many years ago...love. I do believe we have started a new tradition and one that we will continue for years to come. May you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
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