"Decorating for Christmas" By, Nancy Alexander
I'm Receiving MANY Requests for Pictures of our Home at Christmas…
So many of you lately have been sending me requests for pictures of our home at Christmastime! I thought I had some posted somewhere, and I can't find them online either! So, I'll put a few pictures here. I have had one special request for the wreath I made out of my Grandmother's old ornaments and lights which I hang inside my kitchen window every year. This one is not as fancy and pretty as those we make and sell online, but it fills and warms my heart with so many fond memories with each glance.
Now, these are not of our home this year, because I have been so busy re-writing my Secret Vendor List, working on wreaths, selling on Amazon, and getting other eBooks listed in Amazon Kindle that I haven't had time to think about decorating! I wonder why!! :o)
I really LOVE filling up my kitchen window at Christmas! I change it every year! But, there are two things that always stay the same…first, I ALWAYS use my favorite antique stained glass windows which are propped up on my window ledge. Those are there year round because the morning sunlight shining through them everyday warms my heart — it us such a great way to start my morning. And, secondly, at Christmas, my wreath you can see in the picture below ALWAYS hangs on the inside of my window. It is filled with old ornaments, balls, and antique lights (which actually still work) that all belonged to my dear grandmother "Mama"… I miss her so, but when I look at this wreath at Christmas, I am reminded how much she loved Christmas! Actually, I think she is the one I inherited my own love of color and decorating from! "Thank you…dear Mama"
My kitchen window at Christmas is probably my most favorite place to decorate. Sometimes I use poinsettias, and sometimes, I use live orchids. I really like live orchids, and from time to time, can keep them alive for a couple of years! lol
I have a lot of fun filling my table for Holiday parties. I usually use all fresh — I know, I know — that seems unusual huh, since I work with and sell artificial! Well, I just LOVE the fresh look of greens and berries and even more so when Christmas arrives. I have many antique dishes, platters and vases which I pull out and use for our parties. Some of these were pieces which have been in my family for many years, but, also, some of them are special 'yard sale finds'.
I'll add some more pictures of "our" home at Christmas in the next few days… in the meantime, please have fun decorating your own home! Pull out old platters and dishes which belonged to your mother, grandmother, or other family member. Lay out an old child's storybook about Christmas. I have the one I was given at 4 years old, and it goes out to my coffee table each and every Christmas! Look for the Christmas stocking which hung from your mantle as a child. It doesn't matter that they are too old to fill with treats anymore – just enjoy them – enjoy the memories they bring from the special places they hold within your heart!