Unlike most folks we know, we don't decorate right after Thanksgiving, but put it off up until about the second week of December. Probably pretty late by other's standards. This year is the first year we are having Christmas without our daughter......she is in the Navy. Maybe that is why I haven't been too excited to decorate.
However, by the time I got the boxes pulled out of the closet, the Christmas spirit hit me. I started out at our entrance gates and put a wreath on each one.
I then filled the window boxes with holly and poinsettia.
I fixed a wreath out of pine cones and placed it on our worn out back door.
I always have plenty of help. Salem has taken ownership of this box and is still sleeping in it as I write. Sophie is always excited and eager to learn what I am doing.
The tree is up and decorated with the many bulbs
that we have collected through the years.
These are over sized stockings that I had made for my children many years ago. The quilt fabric is out of unfinished pieces made by their great Grandmother. I made the stockings extra large to hold all of those important stocking stuffers.
I cross stitched every one's names on, along with the biblical meaning of their name. I have always thought about making new stockings, but everyone wants to keep these.