I must never take the natural beauty of my neck of the woods for granted. It’s simply gorgeous.
Very, very cold here. So cold that we didn’t take our late afternoon walk yesterday. It seems that much of the country is in a deep-freeze. I’m grateful we have a roof over our heads, an oil burner that keeps our house warm, food to eat, a tree to decorate.
I’ll take some photos of the finished tree, of course, and I’ll share the ornaments I love, but I won’t be taking you on a “Christmas Tour.” We decorate very simply here. No themes. No magazine worthy spreads. No extra expense, save for the cost of our tree. Our Christmas is about our traditions; a real tree in the den that is decorated with our favorite vintage ornaments, our bottle brush wreaths, our little white tree in the living room and a wreath on the door.
We live in a small cottage that already has lots of color, where there are many treasures and collections on display. Our living space doesn’t need a lot more visual stimulation so I try to keep things simple. Last year I was alone at Christmas for the first time. Don was working in California. Unsure about how much to decorate, I decided to eliminate the real tree. I used the little white tree, along with a few decorations in the living room. I loved it. With that in mind, the only thing I’m adding to last year’s mix is the tree in the den.
Simplify. That’s my word for this holiday season.
Anyway, we’ll decorate the tree tonight. I’m looking forward to re-discovering our vintage Shiny Brites and all our favorite ornaments. Since I didn’t have the big tree last year, they stayed in the storage bins. I’ve missed them.
I love the scent of a Noble Fir. Heavenly.