Wednesday, December 12, 2007

my version of a winter wonderland








The
adorable
Claus
couple



Angels...
I
love
them
and
have
collections
from
around
the
world








This
holds
our
in-coming
CARDS

Mark
and
Angela
made
these
when
they
were
little
munchkins


They
also
made
some
of
these
too




Our
advent
calender

*Santa
moves
around
the
pockets




I
made
this
wreath
with
all
our
treasured
ornaments




Mrs.
Santa
Claus


*a
special
handmade
gift
from
Great
Grandma





and
of
course
her
Mr.
Claus








Every
house
needs
a
snow
globe









Every
doggie
needs
their
own
stocking


Jesus...
the
reason
for
the
season



Poinsettias
are
accented
with
our
rocking
horses




The
three
wise
rulers
from
afar







The
angel
tree
that
graces
our
family
room


I did all of this yesterday by myself. A few tears were shed as it was my first Christmas without the kids helping. Definitely bittersweet
Our big tree is in the front room and still needs to be decorated. Hubby and I will get to that one tonight. The house feels festive and comforting, filled with all the happy memories of the past and will continue to make new ones.

Still working on the Christmas cards...I'll show you those next :)

20 Comments:

Blogger aka Cate said...

I love how each and every piece is infused with love and happy memories.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Mary Timme said...

Oh, Wow! You are better right now! Yippee! We'll take what we can get. Isn't Christmas the best? I know all the arguments about June 6th being closer to Jesus's actual birth and I just don't care. Nor do I care that the calendar is adjusted with pagan celebrations creeping in, because it is His birth we celebrate. Besides, if I'd lived in the olden days, a fire from a yule log would have kept me comfortable too, and it's light would have encouraged me, just as Jesus does. I love Christmas! Listening to Christmas music as I write this!

1:12 PM  
Blogger dreamergirl said...

i'm just taking a small break from decorating my house, will post pictures later.

Thanks for the inspiration :) I love how each piece has its own story. I was thinking of starting a new tradition this year: buying myself a beautiful ornament each year, you know, a special one :)

Big smooches!!

1:42 PM  
Blogger BJ said...

Darlene - thanks for showing us all of the love you associate with Christmas in your home. I loved seeing all the ornaments and decorations that the children had done too. It is such a lovely time of the year.

So glad that you are feeling well right now. You did good girl! Getting all of that done....WOW!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Maddie said...

I love how your decorations have
such love ribboning from them ~
that is what makes them not only
beautiuful ~ but so precious:)

4:34 PM  
Blogger cherry girl said...

What adorable decorations - with so much sentimental attachment too, all those handmade goodies by your children - so many memories of christmases past.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

yay for you... doing it all yourself. all those memories and festive warmth you created was bound to make you feel emotional.

it all looks very lovely ;)

Vx

3:17 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderfully warm, caring memories.

It is marvelous to look at such things and remember the stories behind each one. That does tend to make the job take just a little longer.

There is a lot of love in your home. You are truly blessed, and we are too when you share.

May your Christmas be filled with more happiness and your new year a healthy and prosperous one.

4:00 AM  
Blogger Constance said...

Everything looks beautiful! I can't help but think about last year when Mark was so seriously injured! To think that this Christmas he is whole, healthy and in your loving arms; that has to be an extra Christmas blessing!
Connie

5:24 AM  
Blogger La La said...

lovely! thanks for sharing.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

I was thinking about Mark the other day...wondering how he is?
And you too!
I haven't been here for some time.
Your last photo looks like a painting!
xo
Gillian

7:42 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

All the pictures, all the stories behind them, how wonderful that you were able to decorate!! I remember our first Christmas without the kids. It is hard!! Love you Darlene!!

10:18 PM  
OpenID Brian said...

A beautiful celebration in your house. I love all the decorations. I hope your kids can stop by and share in everything.

4:57 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

What a fun post. I love the pockets to store cards.

12:30 PM  
Blogger bella said...

Looks like fun.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Beautiful Darlene! (I love the doggy's stocking).

5:19 PM  
Blogger pink sky said...

i love the stories old ornaments tell, especially the handmade ones by little hands. these are so special and are attached to so many wonderful memories. wonderfully festive! wishing you joy overflowing...xo

7:30 PM  
Anonymous twoblueday.wordpress.com said...

Chipper holiday pix.
By the way, you were definitely one of the women I've "met" blogging who I had in mind when making my latest blog post.
Watch/listen to the little videos if you get time.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

I've been waiting for something--anything--to get me in the Christmas spirit. Your pictures did the trick. THANK YOU!!!

3:55 PM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

Oh I love my tour! Thank you. And I agree - every house needs a snow globe. I realized this year that I don't have one! Not ONE! And with two small boys? How did I forget that. So we went to get one. They picked out a great one. First in a series - that's my plan. One a year from now on. A new tradition.

Love you!

9:54 PM  

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