Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas At Our House

'Tis the season for Christmas decor show and tell, apparently. We don't have very much in the way of Christmas decoration . . . um, actually let me put it another way. We don't have much in the way of tasteful Christmas decor that I actually like. We have been given ceramic battery operated houses, folk art Santa dolls, and many other strange Christmas items since we have moved to Saskatchewan. And until I bought about 10 new mugs this fall, about half of our remaining mugs (mugs don't last long around here, I'm afraid) were Christmas mugs. But as far as put-it-out-at-Christmas stuff, we're a bit lean around here.

Add to this the lack of furniture in our house (have I not told you about our years of obsessively cheap / simple living that included keeping our clothes in banana boxes and sleeping on a flip out love seat bed thing?), and you get just a little bit of Christmas cheer scattered here and there. As usual, I had great plans, including a flock of green and red birds, but none of them came to fruition. None the less, let the Christmas display begin:
This is our kid-friendly nativity table. It is a storage chest (courtesy of Anna I.) that we keep in our hallway. The two little Christmas trees we were given by an older couple in our church. The wooden nativity people were made in Sunday School. They were ridiculously difficult to make, because the fabric was ironed onto the wood, but first had to be ironed and maticulously cut out. They are fun to play with, but if I were to make a set myself I would have just painted them.

This is my little display on my shelves above the table. Two angels, some Christmas cards and (not pictured) the one little bird I did manage to make. I love these two angels, but with a rambunctious two year old and a four year old that loves to "fly"his animals, I don't want to put them on the tree. One day, when I live in a non-beige house, they will look even better.

Our tree is also very simple this year, due to the boys. I have a set of really lovely clay ornaments given to my by my friend Kris, and a set of little cross stitch spools my sister made me, but they did not make it on this year, since I lost some of each last year. We just have corn-silk angels and these felt ornaments. There are hearts and stars. I made them in university when Dave and I first got a tree. I have really clear memories of carrying them around in my big red backpack and pulling them out to stitch between classes and while visiting friends. And yes, I was the only 20 year old drama student stitching handmade Christmas ornaments in the green room during The Crucible.

Here is our tree in all its prettiness. Our "tree skirt" is an old cotton thermal blanket. Its from back in the day when Forest Green was THE colour.

So hope you enjoyed a little view into my scantily decorated house. Hope you're feeling the Christmas vibe wherever you are.


Carla said...

I hung that "Joy" ornament on the tree this year :-) After reading a book about children inheriting things, Rianna wanted to know if Stella (Joy) would inherit it someday. Our Christmas tree ornaments tell stories of people we know, crafts we do, places we go (I have Mount Rushmore up there) and the kids growing up. I suppose I'll need to stop putting out the salt dough man with the rotini noodle sticking out of his head that Rianna made 9 years ago when she gets too embarrassed...but I'm rather glad she's not embarrassed yet.

Jilly said...

Did I make you one of those? I didn't even remember that I did. How great is that? I'm glad you still like it.

Carla said...

On Facebook I posted some pictures of Christmas 2008 and you can see it in the background of the one of my mother in law and Rianna if you are interested.