I’m not a big interior decorator, unless you count “lived-in” a design style. Between the day job, writing, and keeping up with three kids, it’s about all I can manage to get the beds made and the dishes done. Decorating is far down on the priority list. Until Christmas. That’s when boxes get brought down from the attic and taken out of storage closets.
My husband is in charge of the lights and other outdoor decorations, while the indoors is my domain. One of my favorite hobbies is cross-stitching, and Christmas is the time of year where my love of stitchery becomes readily apparent—from ornaments on the tree, to the Christmas tree skirt, to art on the walls, to the stockings on the mantel. You’ll find it everywhere you look. Perhaps I’ve gone a bit overboard, but each piece brings back memories of years gone by—from the stockings that were stitched during the first year of each of my children’s lives to the most recent addition of a Celtic maiden decked out in Christmas finery from last year. These pieces chronicle my family’s Christmases past.
When it comes to the outside domain, my favorite part is the Christmas tree my husband fashions on the roof. It came about when we were going through old strings of lights several years ago, and he decided to get creative with a bunch of leftover green lights that didn’t match the multicolored strands we were using for the rest of the house.
Other houses in the neighborhood might have fancier ornamentation, but no one else has a tree on the roof. It always makes me smile.
May the Lord bless you this holiday and throughout the New Year!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulders:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
the mighty God, the everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 ~
What unique decorating traditions does your family engage in at Christmas?
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