Christmas is really sneaking up on me this year. Thankfully, I finished the shopping last weekend.
Last night we had a thunderstorm with a little hail. The wind began to howl this morning around 4:00 am, and by dawn there was a fluffy layer of snow on the ground.
This year I put my vintage-style teddy bear next to the fireplace with the little sled I scored dumpster diving after a garage sale a few years ago. The homeowner said his wife was having a hard time parting with it.
He said this as he was pushing it into my hands.
I made Teddy's little black and white vest last year. No pattern, just a lot of pinning. Let me tell you, it's a very custom fit. The little vest helped me discover how much I like using black and white with my holiday decorating.
I scored a complete nativity scene at a Goodwill two years ago. I mean complete. Holy family, angel, wise men, shepherds, sheep, camels, you name it. Needless to say, it's huge. This year, I just displayed Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Originally, they were cream-colored with antiquing in all the crevices. It wasn't a flattering finish, so I spray painted them Heirloom White.
Notice the black and white again?
I kept things pretty simple in the dining room this year.
I just tucked wintery things here and there.
I bet I overlook something when I put everything away in a couple of weeks.