Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Peek at the Holiday Things Keeping Me Away from the Blogosphere

Like many of you, I have been pretty busy the past few weeks and, unlike many of you, I have neglected the blog world as a result. Here's a little look at a few things that have taken my attention in the lead-up to Christmas:

Our mantle decorations - perhaps not enough height or color to satisfy a real decorator, but we like for the Three Kings to be the focus (plus, the mirror makes decorating a bit tricky as I found out the year I hung three wreaths of berries - the backs of the wreaths were unfinished - not a good look when reflected!). And the mantel is pretty high - about six feet from the floor - so most people are already looking up (especially those of us in the under 5'5" range!).

I tucked small, clear votives among the greenery, the light from them really makes the garland sparkle at night!

I love live greenery around the house during Christmas and can usually scrounge enough from our yard and our next-door neighbor (who's conveniently out of the country each year when we decorate!).

As you can see, I don't worry about having perfect, symmetrical arrangements. I'm happy with something less formal, like these . . . which are sitting on either end of a sideboard and would probably distract a diner like Hercule Poirot who demands a bit more order. Of course, if Poirot comes to your house for a Christmas meal, you have bigger worries than the flower arrangements because there's sure to be a 'mishap' before the evening ends!

Our tree - which was so close to the ceiling (even after trimming a long piece from the top) that we left the top unadorned - that may become our new standard as we like the look (especially my husband who usually has to get pretty high on the ladder to reach the top of the 9ft+ tree). (Note: these pics were taken before I tidied up the cords!)

And finally, one of my favorite Christmas 'tasks' - wrapping presents! You either love it or hate it - most people I know fall into the latter category, but for me it's a fun way to spend a few hours.

And finally, our little flocked pre-lighted bedroom tree. Isn't it cheery? I hope your week holds some fun Christmas distractions.

Stop by tomorrow for a fun Christmas Carol quiz!


  1. Great pics! Envious that you have access to "free" greenery! We have none right now and I've recently been lamenting this.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  2. Very nicely done. I didn't decorate to that level this year, so it's especially nice to look at your decorations. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Lovely pictures!
    Thanks for sharing...and for new ideas.
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  4. Thanks for stopping by everyone and Merry Christmas!

  5. I love your Three Kings! Everything looks beautiful, Leah. I hope you and your family have a very wonderful Christmas!

    Karen @ Elderberry Street


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