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Year after year, millions of people flock to countless sales, getting the best deals on stuff they had not planned to purchase. Stressed out by not finding that perfect gift for that special person on the list, for the co-worker they really don’t know, or the cousin they never converse with, they frantically shop ’til they drop in frustration. Let me go on record to say that this is the last thing Christmas is about.
Cheerful giving is actually a blessed thing, but it’s hard to be cheerful when you’re spending money you don’t have for people you may or may not know. Perhaps we should take a further look at this best-loved, most-celebrated holiday. You see, it’s more than a holiday; it’s more significant than St. Patty’s Day, and more important than the 4th of July.
This day is a memorial, a set stone, a marker, if you will, celebrating the day that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, came to earth as a man, in order to save mankind.
This year, my goal was to get the busy-work of the holiday completed as early as possible, so that our family can slow down, breathe, and ponder what Christmas really means. We want to have a peaceful Christmas, focusing on the simplicity of the gospel. God, the Father, gave. And now, in light of the greatest Gift ever given, we, too, can give. This is what Christmas means. We are following in our Father's ways as we lovingly, cheerfully give to others.
So, here are just a few pics from our simple and easy home decorations this year. We have a unique. ever-evolving, coastal-turning-farmhouse vibe using blues and greens.
We recently painted our front door Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore, and we love it! My sister, Kathy made my front door wreath, (her first one ever!) and I think it matches our decor beautifully. 💙
Welcome to our home!
Have you ever had big plans for a home decor project, but time flew by, and you didn’t get it finished? That happened with our beautifully distressed entry table. I am still working on this area. My plan was to NOT share this picture, but, as a reminder to myself, and maybe to you, here it is.
Let’s all remember that our Christmas holiday is really not about great expectations of perfection: the perfect decor, the perfect meal, the perfect party, the perfect gift. All of those over-the-top expectations can lead to a miserable, stressed-out holiday. But rather, be gracious to others and to yourself! It’s actually not the end of the world if I don’t have my wreath hanging over the foyer table, with the perfect decor.Be at peace. People will remember how we make them feel, and not the decorations around them.
Our cozy living room is an ever-changing room. (Stay tuned for upcoming projects!) The wall color is Sand Beach by Sherwin Williams. We love this peaceful neutral. I have always wanted a fireplace, but our home doesn’t have one, so for now, I improvised with a wall-mounted mantle. We found a very old, dark wooden mantle in a vintage warehouse, and painted it with milk paint.
My son, Jonathan, (Brave Stag Productions) installed the television on the wall with no wires showing, and moved components to another place, as a Mother’s Day gift and I love the clean look!
My favorite chair is a La-Z-Boy recliner that my parents owned in the 1960’s; my mom rocked me to sleep many nights in this one. Now, I have rocked little Maggie in it. This year we had it reupholstered in Magnolia Fashions Boulder Gray Upholstery Fabric; this choice will easily navigate decor changes in the future. The rattan side-table holds a tiny Christmas tree made by Aunt Kathy for Maggie; the table is a throwback to my childhood in Miami.
Our tree is a mixture of coastal blues and greens, golds and frosted white ornaments, wrapped with rustic burlap, and shining white lights.
Beyond the tree, in one corner of our living room, we have a little writing nook.
On the writing desk, a simple vintage blue pedestal glass holds limey green ornaments to add a bit of shine; it sits with a small white nativity scene. The milk glass bud vase holds a rose from our yard. I love fresh cut flowers, don’t you? The other side of the desk features a brass lamp (found in a vintage market, but here are some you may like) and a nativity scene carved from olive wood. Randy and I purchased this special piece from our 2014 visit to Israel (where I also rode a camel – check out the video on this post.) Oh, and we found this huge mirror on a weekend trip to Amelia Island, at a yard sale! More like it here.
Ok… the chair. It’s a polycarbonate clear beauty that works both indoors and out; and it doesn’t add visual clutter to the cozy space. The pillow was custom made by my friend Dede at Wildfire Restoration.
In the dining room, we have just finished painting the walls Aged White by Sherwin Williams, and it’s still a work in progress. I kept the table very simple, using blue glass plates, with vintage milk glass floral vase “candle holders”.
Above the buffet, I hung our wreath inside a vintage picture frame for a simple farmhouse-style arrangement; and on the buffet, mercury glass buffet lamps, and basic vanilla candles rest inside a rustic wooden box with fresh greenery.
**Here below is the buffet in process (during our family Thanksgiving dinner) Perfect backdrop for pecan pie, salted caramel cookies, Key Lime cake and Italian Cream Cake, don’t you think?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into our home this Christmas season. It’s always fun to look at other’s beautiful decorations and to get inspiration for our own decor.
If you have children or grands, make sure to allow them the opportunity to help decorate a touchable tree, with ornaments that are non-breakable if possible. Maggie has redecorated this tree multiple times now. And I am so very thankful that she is able to do it! (Read her story here.)
Going back to the beginning of this post, I am planning for a more simple time of celebration. Let’s keep the Main Thing the main thing. Jesus is truly the reason for this joyous, glorious season. Find someone to surprise with a gift! Be a cheerful, heartfelt giver.
Put on your joy hat! Savor every moment (even when the mashed potatoes are lumpy, the soufflé falls, or the foyer isn’t decorated perfectly.)
Enjoy your celebration of Jesus’ birth and ultimately, death and resurrection, enabling Him to be our Savior, Redeemer, Restorer, Liberator, Deliverer, Provider, Rescuer, and Healer. He came that we would have life and have it more abundantly! That’s worth a celebration!
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