I've really enjoyed blogland's simplified spaces for Christmas this season, but I don't think it is in my DNA to simplify when it comes to Christmas decor!
Our kitchen and dining room is basically one space; and, of course, it is where we spend a good deal of time. Over the years, we have collected a good amount of Christmas stuff -- so much of it with memories attached. I find it hard to not put it out to enjoy for just a couple of weeks.
This vintage kitchen cabinet holds a lot of the decor.
There are snowmen I have made over the years, along with part of my collection of vintage bottle brush trees which belonged to my grandmother.
Santas made by friends from vintage quilts.
Several years ago, I made a bunch of these snowmen in vintage blue canning jars to give as gifts to friends. Our grandkids love to shake it and see the snow fly.
Then, there is our collection of blown-glass tree toppers and ornaments from the 1940s-1950s. I'm especially fond of the ornaments with the cardboard hangers made during WWII when metal was scarce.
I bet you thought I was in love with only brown transferware, but I have a nice collection of red, also, which I always get out at Christmastime.
Friends have made and given me so many clever Santas over the years.
My daughter gave me this wreath about 10 years ago, but it received a new adornment and ribbon this year.
I guess 'simplify' is just not in my vocabulary during the Christmas season. There will be MORE in future posts - stay tuned.
I am joining the following Christmas parties. Be sure to check these blogs out for lots of inspiration.
Common Ground for a vintage Christmas on Friday, Dec. 9
French Country Cottage for Christmas Vignettes on Friday, Dec. 9
At the Picket Fence for Christmas in the Kitchen on Friday, Dec. 9
Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365 for I'll Be Home for Christmas on Monday, Dec. 12
Michaela Noelle Designs of Holiday Decor on Thursday, Dec. 15