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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Favourite Things: Christmas Decor Edition

I decked my halls this past weekend. I wish it was acceptable (and not considered lazy) to leave Christmas decorations up all. year. long. I ADORE this time of year -- it genuinely makes my spirits bright.

I wanted to share a few (okay, NINE -- you know that's our "theme" this year) of my favourite and most treasured pieces from my little holiday collection.

I love this little sled I lean up against my fireplace. This year, I added a little sparkle to it with a sprig of glittery evergreen (thank you, Michaels). I can't quite remember where I purchased it -- I think it might have been in our beloved Granbury. Or perhaps Canton. 

I adore my stockings holders. My husband, on the other hand, doesn't understand why one of the reindeer is facing the opposite direction. I did that on purpose, of course. I like to be different and live on the wildly festive side!

I covet this sweet Santa on a rockin' reindeer. I inherited this from ELC. I asked her earlier if she remembered where she found this. She could only recall she purchased it on sale. Well, there you go. She will have to arm wrestle me for this if she decides she'd like it back one day.

This little snow globe is so special. My Sweet Dad (MSD) gave me this two Christmases ago. It was a surprise -- the loveliest surprise. It plays pretty music. Little Leighton loves it, too. She would give up Elmo for a week if we would just let her hold it. Silly Girl.

This is the most meaningful and powerful (if ornaments can be powerful -- which I think they can be) ornament in my possession. I cannot even believe ELC let me have this. The "original" Leighton -- the one we are all named after -- ELC's Nana -- my Great-Grandmother -- LL's Great-Great-Grandmother -- made this beautiful bird. I love the colors and sequins. I can't wait to give this to LL someday to hang on her own tree. WOW. How amazing will that be?

I actually made this cute ornament about a week ago (thank you, Shutterfly). I decided I would start a new tradition of "making" ornaments featuring a picture of my precious daughter each year. Look at that wittle-bitty-itty baby! I can't believe how much she's changed and grown. She makes Christmas extra MERRY.

Do y'all remember these ADORABLE Hallmark reindeer from ages ago? I loved them as a little girl -- I actually have the stuffed/doll versions on display in LL's room. ELC found these ornaments awhile back -- though I'm not sure where. I guess a Hallmark! They make me remember how very excited I would get when ELC and MSD would get our Christmas decorations down. ELC and I would decorate the tree (while listening to The Carpenters' Christmas album) and MSD would hang our outside lights. 

That sweet little owl behind them was a fabulous gift from January last year -- she made it! She's so super talented.

This ornament was purchased on my trip to Fredericksburg with ELC the weekend before I found out I was pregnant with LL. We bought it at a fun store in Llano, Texas. I, of course, had to have the "5." ELC has the "6." I saw the complete set -- all 12 -- at St. Helen's -- one of my favourite stores on the Square in Granbury. Hint. Hint, ELC -- sure would be nice to have the other 11. Stocking stuffer, methinks?

I love my burlap "Vintage Christmas" pillow (via My Adobe Cottage) perched on my bright blue chair (thanks to my Chair Painter, aka: MSD).

Now I'm off to sing a few more fa-la-la's before I settle down for a long winter's nap. 

Merry (early) Christmas to all and to all a good night!