I didn't go crazy with Christmas decorations this year, since all of the decorating has to be done during a certain someone's nap time. It was actually really nice not to worry about turning our house into a winter wonderland.
That's mousy-pie. Doesn't he look sweet with his big red bow? He's actually a fake rat I bought at World Market a few Octobers ago. I like to hide him around the house and try to scare our guests. Consider yourself warned.
I keep all of our Christmas cards in a big bowl in the entryway table. I love seeing all of our friends' and family's photos mixed up together. A big bowlful of happy faces.
This little Santa man is my favorite. I bought him the first year Don and I were married. He's (Santa, not Don) covered in the good kind of glitter. I heart glitter. I can't help it.
Speaking of glitter, I made these trees out of old magazines and covered them in spray adhesive and tinsel glitter. This glitter is not the good kind of glitter. This is the kind that sticks to everything, which is why I stuck it on a serving platter.
William was not so interested in the Advent calendar, but he loved hearing Don read Luke Chapter 2 to us each night while I rocked and nursed William to sleep.
Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, evergreen garland, silver stars, pears, acorns, pinecones on the mantle...it is not in my nature to let decorations go unused.
Best method for Christmas decorating: open box of plastic ornaments, pour into bowls. Place on countertop. You can't go wrong with shiny and sparkly.
This is the only Christmas decorative item I bought this year. This chubby jar makes me smile; it's the first thing we've bought that makes me feel like a child actually lives in our house. I can just see William stealing cookies out of this in a couple of years. We gave my brother-in-law and sister-in-law one of these guys filled with cookies.