It’s been a full three days of decorating at my house! Generally, I have my decorations up by the Sunday after Thanksgiving, but since we went to the beach I got a late start. Normally I wouldn’t have been so anxious to get it all done by tonight, but I’m having my Fiesta board over for dinner on Thursday night and I want it to be just right!
Of course, instead of just doing what I did last year I decided a change was in order. Don’t ask me why I do this to myself but I decided I wanted my front door and staircase to be silver and gold! This meant buying a new green artificial wreath and finding just the right plastic gold and silver ornaments to use. In the process, I also needed new lights for the swag over the door as well as the staircase. Little bits of inspiration were hitting me all week as I pulled out items I haven’t used in a while. I have a set of Southern Living at Home very heavy silver glass ornaments from way back. I used to simply put them in a large vase in my bookcase but this year they’ve taken on a new look hanging from rhinestone ribbon and evenly spaced out on my staircase! I actually found three extra of these ornaments at the thrift store a few months back so it must have been meant to be! I’m loving the look…and the sparkle!
My front door wreath turned out pretty nice too, if I do say so myself! This despite THREE finger burns with the hot glue gun! Yikes! I don’t know what was wrong with me today but that hot glue kept wanting to stick to ME rather than the ornaments! I had two sizes of ornaments and decided it needed some smaller ones to fill in the gap so I headed to the Dollar Store for those. I used the leftover plastic ornaments to make bundles of silver and gold to use on the outdoor swag and one I hung in the entryway.
Tonight, we decorated the family Christmas tree…me, my husband and my daughter, Emily. It was a little bittersweet for me. Generally, the last act of decorating for us is on Sunday night and all the kids make a point to be home to help out. We take bets on how many of my Hallmark ornaments Eddie will break. None this year…YAY!!! We added just a few new Hallmark ornaments to my huge collection this year so they are safe until next year! I always try to add the most ornaments to the tree after the rest of the family gives up. All that is except for my son-in-law, Ryan! He always sticks with me to pack the tree full! Still…it was nice to spend time talking with my sweet Emily and watching Eddie look for gaps in the tree so we could fill them with ornaments. We listened to Christmas music on Pandora and sang along. Our annual family photo in front of the tree will have to wait until everyone is together over the holidays. I look forward to that…