Christmas is officially a week away–how are you doing with your decorating, baking, and shopping? Are you nearly ready? Completely done? Haven’t even started? No matter what point you’re at in your holiday merry-making, I hope you are able to experience some of the peace and joy of the season.
Watching a favorite Christmas show [for me it’s The Grinch] while snuggling with someone you love, taking in a child’s Christmas concert, or enjoying dinner with friends are ways that we can slow down and savor the blessings of the holiday. Not every cookie must be baked, nor every ornament hung. Cut yourself some slack!
I’ll let you in on a secret, for every pretty photo you see below, there’s another I could have taken of some imperfection, like the old chair sitting in the middle of our family room waiting for “big garbage day,” projects awaiting completion sitting outside my workroom door, or my laundry-room folding counter covered with Christmas presents and wrapping paper and more.
With all that said, will you still be able to enjoy my vintage Christmas home tour? I hope so 🙂
But this precious nativity, a gift from my sweet mother, is what welcomes you as you walk into our foyer this year.
Hanging a pine garland on our staircase, one of my least favorite Christmas chores, nonetheless creates an inviting entrance and warm glow that makes all the effort worthwhile.
My sweet daughter always asks if we can leave it up year-round because she enjoys it so much.
In the living room, off the foyer, I’ve hung another poinsettia-filled garland along with our stockings.
A dear family friend made these tapestry-style stockings for us when our family was young.
This year I left my fancy gold mirror up on the mantel and decorated around it.
More white lights beam out from the pine boughs.
We decorate the tree with multi-colored lights, gold bulbs of all sizes, and ornaments the children have made through the years. Adding each to the tree gives us time to reflect on years past and the memories those special decorations bring back to us.
Moving into the family room, I was so excited to use my new-to-me chalkboard globe for Christmas, after having made it for my sweet daughter’s “very vintage” high school graduation last June. Placing it inside a pine wreath anchored it to the table and added some texture.
In the kitchen, I changed the sentiment on my chalkboard from “hello fall” to my sweet husband’s favorite song, “oh holy night,” and added a red berry wreath to my ironstone corner cupboard.
Inside you’ll find a sprinkling of vintage Christmas bulbs in among the ironstone.
Other years I’ve added pink or aqua bulbs, but this year’s color scheme seemed to lean heavily on shades of red.
On my table I’m using an old black crate filled with greens, berries, and candles as a center piece.
It’s still a work in progress. Today I’ll be working on some small flower arrangements to add to the table as well. If you’ve not discovered Trader Joe’s $5.99 bunch of evergreens and berries, it’s time!
And finally, on my country cupboard in the kitchen, I’ve arranged a few favorites: a nesting cardinal, my Christmas thermos collection (did I just say that?!!), and my vintage Buddy L truck.
Filled with bottle brush trees–the epitome of a truly vintage Christmas.
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