Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pine Garlands and Our Holiday Traditions

It's December and time to decorate for the holidays!
Here are a few traditions from our family....

Real pine garlands are an easy, festive way to bring the holidays home.  I use them everywhere! They are inexpensive and smell fantastic.  You can make them yourself or buy them already intertwined.  I opt for the ready made kind to save time.  

In our foyer a Venetian mirror is draped with a simple pine garland and a colorful stocking is hung from the top.  

The ornaments are very sentimental - my children and I go to Dallas,TX every Christmas to the original Neiman Marcus store to see Santa and they are allowed to choose one ornament.  So far we have six and they are all attached to the garland in the picture.  It has become a tradition!  

A clay Christmas wreath made by my daughter is also on the table top.   

Another photo shows a dining room vignette where I added festive bows, topiarys and a paper reindeer my daughter Gabrielle handmade many years ago.   I love keeping the children's Christmas artwork and unpacking it every year to decorate and they love to say "Oh, I remember making that!" 

In the breakfast room a pine garland is draped across the top of a bookcase.  Another tradition we have is making paper snowflakes.  

Using simple copier paper the kids cut out the designs and I tape them to the bookcase.  It has become a tradition and the children are always excited to participate!  

What are some of your holiday traditions?  

Until next time,

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