E wanted a real Christmas tree this year so we brought one home this week. It makes the house smell so wonderful I think it might be our new standard. I decided to keep it simple and only add a few clear ornaments, which I already had, and decorate it with hand-cut white paper snowflakes. I cut a few new ones each night so by the 25th, we should be having a White Christmas even though we’re in Florida. 😉
So much cuteness in this Christmas treasury by Vanessa Sicotte!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
I know no one is thinking about Christmas yet, although I did see some Christmas lights at Target this afternoon sneaking in behind the Halloween haunts. But when you’re ready, Verdibou has a gaggle of lovely vintage ornaments listed in our Holiday Section on Etsy. It’s kind of a sparkly, Christmas Explosion! Go check it out. 😉
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…
A little mix of old and new on the mantle:
Vintage papier mache Santa courtesy of my grandmother’s attic.
Vintage Danish Modern Candleholders (for sale here.) Hey, until they’ve sold I might as well enjoy them myself!
The Construction of the Eiffel Tower print courtesy of Whitney’s trip to Paris several years ago. (Thanks, Whitney!) I considered taking it down for the holiday season and finding something more festive but “E” said, “Why? It’s Christmas in Paris too.” I thought that was a good point so I left it where it was.
Handcrafted Letter Ornaments from West Elm. Now on sale for $2! These ornaments can be used for so many different things this season! I like West Elm’s suggestions of personalizing a gift or spelling out a meaningful word. So many wonderful possibilities! I’ve used them to designate stockings. Afterall, I don’t want Santa getting confused and putting coal in the wrong one. 😉
How’s your mantle shaping up this season?
It’s far from snowing here in Orlando but my snowflake ornaments make it seem a bit more like winter. They were handmade by my great grandmother, which makes them extra special! It’s funny how some things never go out of style. See below for some Etsy links to similar ornaments!
Here are some links to some beautiful handmade snowflakes! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
6 Crocheted Snowflake Ornaments by Caitlin Sainio.
Hand-Tatted Lace Snowflake by Black Sun Arts.
14 Crocheted Snowflake Ornaments by Made by Mily.
I’ve acquired most of my ornaments over the years from big box retailers but my favorite ones are vintage, of course! A few years ago my grandmother told us (the grand-daughters) to go through her holiday decorations and take what we wanted. So, we divided them up and I scored some really cool (and really creepy) Santa and Elf ornaments. I think they add loads of charm and character to my tree. 😉
What makes your tree special to you??