The last few years on the day after Thanksgiving my husband and I have gone and tromped through the mountains and cut down our own Christmas Tree. He's not big into Christmas so it's been a good way to create a tradition that we both enjoy. I then spend Saturday decorating the tree and the house. This year I couldn't wait that long so Christmas has slowly been sneaking into the house. :)
Here's a centerpiece I just created. My mom gave me the lamp a while ago - I think it's from Lillian Vernon. I bought the glasses from the DI (a local secondhand store), and the poinsettas from Joanns. I also had the tray sitting around. I saw a tutorial on tatortotsandjello.com on how to make a centerpiece tray from bead board and molding, but I lucked out and already had one on hand. What do you think, do you like it? I'm still trying to decide. The pine cones are the cinnamon ones so my kitchen smells YUMMY!
The two pictures above are of my mantle. I still might add a thing or two. How do you like the flag? My husband doesn't give much input on decorating, but he likes to have the flag on the mantel. I can't say I blamed him. It's well earned!
And here's a simple shelf. I made the Joy at a church event and got the lantern at Shopko. Love the lantern!
I also got out our Fischer Price Nativity Set and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer characters for the little one to play with. She's loving them!!