The house is filled with flowers, cedar clippings, and a Christmas tree not yet decorated.
I draped cedar clippings around the chandelier. I love the contrast between the organic and the crystal.
I just love this time of year.
White poinsettias are always a favorite of mine. I could fill the entire house with them but I only put them up high and out of reach of little arms.
These are clippings from a broken plant that toppled over. The cuttings last wonderfully long.
I always start out with more elaborate plans for the mantle, but in the end left it sparse as usual. I just love the simplicity of evergreens all on their own.
I made the little wreaths using some floral wire. I saw this in a magazine years ago and I'm just getting around to doing it this Christmas.
I didn't get a chance to force paper whites or amaryllis this year. Perhaps for the New Year? They go on sale soon after Christmas, so perhaps I'll indulge then.
The little cedar wreaths make the familiar so much more festive.
The tree is standing with lots of lights (and hopefully freshly watered...why do I always think of checking the water late at night?), but not yet decorated.
We'll see if we get to that before Christmas!
We are finding enough time to eat lots of festive foods however. Mike made a pumpkin pie from the garden pumpkins and then there's those Christmas cookies... I just bought some fresh organic apple cider with some mulling spices, and hope that a warm cup of that is going to replace all desire for Christmas sweets.
I'll let you know how that goes.
Happy holiday season to you and yours.