I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We spent much of the time hanging out in our jammies at home. It’s really what we all needed after a busy couple of weeks and right before we run the gauntlet of Christmas parties, concerts, and other holiday happenings.
Initially, we were planning on heading out east to visit family for Thanksgiving, but decided to stay home due to my healing shoulder. We ended up having Thanksgiving dinner with my friend Cheri and her family. It was an amazing meal and a wonderful time with friends. It’s just what you want Thanksgiving to be…good food, football, board games, and even a blanket of snow outside.
We also took the time to get our Christmas tree up and added some decorations to the living room. I’ll add a few more decorations here and there, but I’m going to primarily focus on just the main living areas this year and keeping it simple. Christmas decorating involves a lot of lifting and work overhead, both of which I am limited from doing.
Jeff brought all of my bins up from the basement, put up the tree, and helped with the decorations that I couldn’t arrange on my own (like the ribbon and poms). We also had to string up our Christmas tree this year with fishing line, so our new kitties don’t climb it and knock it over. (I’ll tell you about the kitties in another post.) I had to laugh at the picture below, though, because it’s a little obvious where Jeff tied the fishing line! I didn’t even notice until I was developing the photo. I’ll get him to fluff that, so the tree doesn’t look like it’s wearing a little corset up top!
I also decorated the mantle using some artificial greens from my stash and the small sprigs and clippings from the table. We actually use this table, so I had to dismantle the pretty tablescape after a couple of days.
As I did with the table, I used a mix of faux greens to get a nice textural variety. I also used the wool dryer balls again! They really are great stand-ins for snowballs. And I wove some battery-operated mini-LED lights through the greenery.
On the tree, I used ribbon, ornaments, floral picks, and lights that I already had, but I added a few wood snowflakes (in-store only from Walmart.)
On the sofa side table, I put a small artificial tree in an antique crock and added this pretty gold and glass lantern.
I kept it simple by filling it with some mini-pinecones and a white pillar candle.
And, I haven’t added them in, yet, but I bought two more green and white sweater pillows to put in the living room. The price is now down to $9/each and they add the perfect Christmas touch! I know I’ll use these year after year.
I’m planning on baking some gingerbread houses this week (Cheri’s going to make them with me and help roll out the dough), so I’m looking forward to that. I am also hoping to get back to my normal blog post routine (4-5 posts/week) and start oil painting again. While I’m still limited, my shoulder and bicep have healed enough to be able to do more than I’ve been able to do over the past couple of months. (My, time flies!)
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!