There's nothing like sitting in front of a twinkling Christmas tree. As you can see by my holiday blog design, you know I'm obsessed with it. It's really the best thing in the world, any time of day, although early in the morning or as the dusk falls is the best, because then the whole room glows with the twinkly, sparkly white light of the tree. Growing up our tree was filled with antique ornaments, handmade ornaments, and a vertiable hodge podge of other ornaments. There was no rhyme or reason, and it was beautiful.
When I moved out and had to get my own tree, I got a few boxes of matching little ornaments, and then started collecting other pieces. Marrying Husband brought in a whole set of his childhood ornaments and Santa Claus collection, and each year we've received more ornaments as gifts. Now, although there are definitely repeat matching ornaments on my tree (thanks to my first year on my own), our tree is just what I like.... a blend of mismatched, twinkling lights.
The perfect place to relax.
My next favorite thing is my mantle. Over the last couple of years I've wored on adding height to my mantle decor. I've played with having a lot on it, to having very little. My pre-fall and Christmas mantle was back to pretty simple, with a few lovely pieces and some pops of color. Fall added a bit more, with a leaf garland and some pumpkins.
This season led me to remove several things, but add many more. It's definitely back to the "lots on it" stage, but I think it might be my favorite Christmas mantle yet. The words on it inspire me to choose joy, to believe deeply, to find hope and love in my family, friends, and faith. And it twinkles, too.
There are many other little areas in my house that are Christmas-y, because I love it so. We have a Christmas quilt on our bed and little Christmas things in the kitchen, the dining room, on walls and endtables everywhere. Each shelf on the built-ins in the living room has something different on it - candles, CDs, the Polar Express.
There is one shelf, though, that stands out. It's simple, it's not dressed in red and green and gold, and there are no twinkling lights.
But it's beautiful.
Because, more than anything else in my whole house, no matter how much I love sitting in front of the twinkling lights or seeing the reds and golds or sleeping in a Christmas bed, this shelf matters.
This shelf reminds us of what we're really doing here.
Oh, I love a Christmas House.