Do you take pictures of your Christmas decor?
Every year I do.
If you were to observe me, you might think I was photographing for a magazine. It really could be a bit amusing, I guess.
I did not scrapbook, I didn’t have a blog. Yet, I took lots of pictures. It was simply a photo record that stayed in the digital abyss of my laptop. Pretty funny, huh?
This year…I do have a blog….and some photos from the past that no one has ever seen. It’s really a miracle that I have these. For some reason they ended up in my husband’s photo files. Yay! You see, my photos disappeared with all my other critical un-backed-up info when my laptop did a major crash and burn. It was so fun to discover these, that I thought I would share them with you. Hope you’re okay with seeing little bits from my not-so-distant past.
The display shelves of the secretary were usually filled with my Longaberger Collectors Club Miniature Baskets. That year we were anticipating a move, so I packed them up ahead. We still hadn’t moved by Christmas, so this was a new place for me to have a bit of fun decorating for Christmas. Dressing up the secretary in blue and white was fun. So many memories are associated with this bit of decor. The vase on the left is a gift from one of my dear friends and her excursion to the Corning Glass Museum. The vase in the center and the candlestick were gifts my husband brought back for me after conducting a summer youth camp in Russia.
One year we traveled through Frankenmuth, Michigan in the Fall. Since I love all things Christmas we stopped at the World’s Largest Christmas Store – Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. I think they have almost everything imaginable to decorate the home and marketplace. And they have more nativities than you can even imagine. I admired this Blue Delft Nativity while in the store. But, left it behind. Much to my surprise, my husband ordered it and gave it to me for Christmas. Every year it seemed to find a new place to grace, and this year filled the shelf in the secretary perfectly.
By now you’ve noticed that I don’t feel the need to put candles in my candlesticks. Here I think the Blue Delft candlesticks create a bit of whimsy in the display holding the blue glass balls. When I was in college I had the privilege of traveling abroad. On a trip through the Netherlands I picked up this sweet set from a factory in Delft. I also picked up a cute planter. Unfortunately all I now have of that is a bag of pieces.
This display really works because of the simplicity of color. Blue and white. It’s fun to pull pieces from around the house to create a moment like this. We can never go wrong with the repetition of color and pattern. I love to add fresh Christmas greens if they are available….the perfect finishing touch. It’s those little extras touches that make our decor extraordinary.
Now I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve never been a fan of blue Christmas decor. (I know, the nativity is blue and white.) Guess this just proves that we must never set our decor feet in concrete. If I had, I would have missed out on this elegant celebration of Christmas.
What piece of furniture have you decorated for Christmas in a surprising way?
Weigh in…YES or NO to blue & white for Christmas?
What are your favorite Christmas colors?
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