Feeling festive

Like many of you, Dave and I aren’t doing any family dinners this holiday, We are going to pop in for a brief, distanced hallway visit with his Grandma on Christmas Eve, but otherwise, it’s going to be a quiet one at home.

It’s not a huge deal – I see my parents almost every week. I will miss seeing my brother’s family, but I’m sure we’ll be together in a month or two. We aren’t skipping Christmas, just postponing it a bit.

So, I wondered if I should bother decorating. Dave’s not big on Christmas. I bought a turkey breast to roast for the two of us, and I’ll do a little baking, but other than that it will be a quiet day. But the other day after getting groceries, I noticed my hanging pots out front were looking pretty sad.

Last year I filled them with pine boughs and birch logs my Dad gave me. I still have the birch, but the pine boughs naturally dried out and fell apart. And I forgot to ask my Dad to get me some more when he built his deer blind this year.

So instead, I hit the dollar store and got a pile of Christmas flotsam to spruce up the front of the house.

I particularly love the snowflake I found to hang from my Welcome sign. I can leave it up all winter long!

For the baskets, I stuck with simple poinsettias and over-sized bows.

I have a larger swag for my front door, but it has seen better days. The dollar store had this cute little pinecone hanger that was just the right size – I added the balls for a little more sparkle.

This cute Cedar gnome wasn’t from the dollar store – but the grocery store beside it. They were marked down to half price, so naturally, this one followed me home!

The only thing that would make it look better is a little snow…

And wouldn’t you know… we got some the very next day. I doubt it will stick around until Christmas, but a girl can dream.

9 thoughts on “Feeling festive

  1. Araignee

    It looks so festive! Last year I went to the park and picked up a few bags of pine cones and filled all my empty pots with them. I keep saying I was going to do it again this year but I never did. I just can’t get into the spirit this year. I keep telling myself it’s okay not to be okay with all of this. Hopefully there will be next year.


  2. Shirley Elliott

    You did an excellent job with your Dollar Store purchases! You could do a tutorial for creating a welcoming entrance inexpensively. The cedar gnome just finishes it off (even though he came from grocery store – but half price is always good). Bet you will have more snow soon.


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