Our stockings are hung, not by the chimney but up the banister of the stairs, with a snowy camping scene and a Christmas sampler stitched by my mom nearby.
The Santa collection, a little less crowded this year, lives on the living room shelves. Elsewhere in the living room is the Putz village and the tree, and if it weren't as dark as dusk outside I'd probably attempt an overall shot.
After years of wrestling with pinecone elves (they're tiny, but they always win), I decided not to hang them on a tree but create a boxwood forest for them on the kitchen window sills. We are all so much happier with this plan.
The dining room is my favorite spot this year, with a mix of old and new finds. The silver foil wreath with dangling bells came from an October flea market visit. I was so happy with it that when I found the cherry-covered cake carrier, I walked away from it, thinking I had had enough good luck for one day. Fortunately I regained my senses and ran back to the booth before someone else snapped it up.
The little Hoosier is decorated, too. I wanted the dining room to look extra nice this year because I was hosting not one, not two but three holiday events in the space of a week. This was not as challenging as I thought it would be because I remembered the advice of my friend Lillian. She says it is not much harder to have two parties than one because you've already done all that cleaning and planning and shopping. And she was absolutely right.
The dining room tree (previously occupied by uncooperative elves) was a last minute addition, and about my favorite thing.
I made the wreaths with dangling balls a few seasons ago.
So that's some of the decorating, and I passed along the party advice, and so here are the announcements: One, my Etsy shop is closed until after Christmas, and I wanted to thank all of you for making this holiday season my best by far. And two, tomorrow is the last Monday before Christmas, and if you are a long-time reader, you know the significance of that date!