What a wonderful season this is, a season of such generosity which I feel quite humbled by. I have had an amazing Advent calendar which brings joy daily. An ecard that appears in my mail box everyday, technology at its finest and now a parcel all the way from America. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, I do so wish that I could send you all a card but sadly the cost is disconcerting so I have donated to the food bank instead. You will be giving some extra comfort to those in need over the festive period.
I have put some decorations up but it has been down scaled this year as we are heading off to visit with family. However, we did want our little cottage to look festive when we have visitors prior to our trip. We have put smaller trees up in the two front windows, which I am enjoying. One in the bedroom and one in the lounge. The main focal point of our decor this year is the mantel, rather glamorous and yet regional with the stags. I was inspired by this beautiful plate that I found in the charity shop.
From very humble beginnings layer upon layer was added.
Everything firmly in place so that we can still have the stove lit. The flames and the tiny lights on an evening, give it a charm of its very own.
I have also added to the table a stag plate stand and adorned it with some of our precious baubles. Although even that was hard to choose as all the baubles have such lovely memories attached to them. Gerard and I had such a lovely time reminiscing about Christmas's past, places we have been and loved ones no longer with us. It was a joy sharing our memories and not at all depressing despite some tears. In many ways it keeps the spirit of Christmas alive.
The tree was quite difficult to decorate as most of the baubles were too big or too heavy for its small branches. Despite the difficulties we still managed to display some of our memories and had fun along the way. Christmas carols and songs were enjoyed and we seemed to get louder and more raucous as the afternoon wore on. More memories added to reflect upon another year.
Not the usual wonderful array of decor but pretty and fun none the less. How are your preparations coming along?
See you soon.