I am blessed with amazing memories of my childhood Christmas's, there were six of us siblings so we didn't get loads but there was always love and laughter and little traditions.
Once I had left home, married and had children of my home we retained some of our traditions and then made some of our own. Making Christmas, the Christmas we now know. Although I am sure now that my three daughters have little families of their own there will be new traditions made and added to suit them.
I love getting the Christmas decorations out and remembering and reflecting on where each piece came from. There are so many memories in those boxes, which is why it takes us so long to decorate as we laugh and reflect amidst the odd tear.
The carol singers always make us smile, they came from my late Mother in Laws home and bring back lots of wonderful memories. She loved Christmas and ironically died on Christmas Day suddenly with no warning several years ago.
The windows are decked out with some greenery and fake poinsettias which enhance the beauty of some of the Santa's and Royal Albert plates.
We have an eclectic mix of decorations but for me that is what makes it so special. The love and friendships that have been made over the years and the wonderful places we have visited are highlighted amongst our décor adding to the charm.
The tree is always a joy to decorate, although not to everyone's taste this year I went a little crazy with the Santa baubles and a tree topper that explodes from the tree in a burst of colour. I wanted to please the Grandchildren. Once again a eclectic mix of baubles filled with memories from Christmas's past.
Finally for the lounge I want to share my mantel, I know that Amy over at Love Made My Home will enjoy this she did a wonderful monthly post on her mantel display which was enchanting.
...and of course there needs to be the obligatory side view. Hope this made your smile Amy.
Love for me makes Christmas so special, special times filled with love spent with family and friends celebrating Gods love for us through the Christmas story. Hope you enjoyed my little tour as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.
See you soon.