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Let the Christmas Decorating Begin!

Here in the deep south, it’s hard to let go of summer. Today is November 27 and I have the windows open to 74° temps. So I don’t usually think about putting up summery decor until Christmas things start to come out and I need room. Today, I say “see ya in the spring” to the last of the summer decor and let the Christmas decorating begin.

Summer decor items

I haven’t decorated for Christmas the past few years, but want to bring it all back out this year. Start the holiday memory foundations for Dani, the only grandchild who will be around here this year. Wish we all lived closer together! We’ll all pile up in the car and drive 12 hours to go see Sophie – and her parents, of course – after Christmas.

So decoration #1. Mr. and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers sitting on top of a shabby, chippy, white, box and a hand made Santa ornament hanging on front. The inside of the box has cubbies, but I haven’t decided what to put in there yet. That decision will be made as I go through boxes.

Christmas decorating with a chippy, shabby box

How about you? Did you start early, before Thanksgiving, and git ‘er done or are you hanging back? Are you not decorating at all this year or going all out? Or somewhere in between?


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Vintage Bottle Brush Tree Forest and Jeweled Trees – Decorating with Vintage Christmas

Lessee. Five more days til Christmas? Hmmm… I’d better hurry up and get all this in. First up, decorating with vintage Christmas, is the small dining room. I’ll explain that. The living room is long enough for a living room and dining room. That room has the big table. The room that’s always been the “dining room” is very small. And it’s between the kitchen and the living room/dining room. So. Here’s the small dining room decked out for Christmas.

Patchwork Quilt Christmas Tree

Vintage Bottle Brush Tree Forest

I pick up bottle brush trees whenever I find them and over the years have accumulated quite the forest. This is the first year I’ve used them like this. It makes me happy when I look at them.

Vintage Quilt Christmas Tree



As part of my Christmas gift, Melanie used an old quilt I had and made this tree. I absolutely love it!




Below is a round table at the end of the sofa in the living room. All out of place because of the Christmas tree that is not in the pictures yet.  This little table got some glitz and glitter. And I’ll tell you a little secret. After I took the picture, I saw that there was a piece of fabric on the floor down the hall. It was edited out. Gotta love those photo editors! The mess may be there in real life, but we can crop or erase a lot of it out of the pictures!

Vintage Glitter and Jeweled Christmas

Vintage Shiny Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Shiny Christmas




Now, here it is five days til Christmas and I still need to buy the two hardest gifts. And I still have no idea what to get. The house is also still not completely decorated and SO not cleaned or even straightened. And there’s cooking that needs to begin. And I need to work at the shop. I need to be here, I need to be there, and I need to be somewhere else and even another place. I need at least three clones! Bet you could use some too!