"The leaves crunch under my feet as I walk on home for a Christmas treat. The tree stands tall and gay in a green, merry sort of way." These are the opening lines to a poem I wrote in middle school. The sentiment, so simple, still rings true today.
Christmas decorating in our house begins the weekend after Thanksgiving, without fail. Tubs and boxes are pulled from storage and we unwrap the decorations as though each one held the secret to Christmas magic.
Most bring back fond memories as they've traveled with us through life over the course of many years. Others are new to our home, yet adored just as much.
When a string of garland or old potpourri have lost their luster, they are repurposed into wreaths. No sense in throwing something out that can be enjoyed time and time again with a little creativity.
Books are one of our favorite decorating items. They not only bring joy in the reading, they look beautiful alongside just about everything, including this delightful Scottish Santa we picked up at a consignment shop.
We love consignment shops because there's so often a treasure to be found that is waiting to be given a new home and purpose.
Of course Christmas in isn't complete without a few Santa's thoughtfully placed throughout the house. You'll see a lot more of them in our holiday posts.
One might ask if this is how we set the table every night. We don't, but gosh that would be fun. Beautiful china and charming place settings are a weakness of everyone at Potterton Hill, and we believe in using what we have. This North Woods set is a favorite, and while it might not be an obvious choice, we paired it with Waterford's 12 Days of Christmas champagne flutes (or cider flutes in our house). They were collected slowly, year by year as they released, so they get used often during December.
Of course the pine in the bowl is for decorative purposes, and yet if we aren't going to eat right away, we take advantage and add those extra touches. Black and white go beautifully with red during the holidays. This table is complemented nicely by the paisley napkins by Potterton Hill.
Tasty treats are always available during the holidays. Of course, moderation in all things is key to surviving the holiday season, especially when it comes to delicious delights. This is why small portions, like these mini chocolate muffins, are a satisfying choice.
Light offers a gentle glow while Christmas music plays and scents of baking waft through the house.
Christmas trees inside and out invite us to sit and enjoy the frosty weather from within or without. As December begins, with Christmas soon to come, we hope you find a touch of Christmas magic to carry you through all the year long.