Saturday, December 14, 2013

Deck the Halls With Boughs of Evergreen!

 It's looking like Christmas at my house.


Not the usual stalactite icicle here.

This is the wagon my sister and I had as kids,a heavy-duty red Radio Flyer.  We got it for Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa, and it's got a lot of miles on it. Now its job is to brighten up the garden at night.

I love to decorate inside and out for Christmas.  I love to search through the woods for things that will brighten up a Minnesota winter and bring them home.

For awhile I didn't like Christmas so much, mainly because it was exhausting and involved things I don't much like to do (like shop and cook turkeys).  Over the years, I've eliminated most of what I don't like and the season has become precious and beautiful to me. 

If you are like me and hate the hype and the expectations and the cost that surround Christmas, here's a thought:

      Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
                                                                                      ~Oren Arnold

Thanks for reading my blog.  I hope you find some Christmas peace and joy today!


  1. I like your gift list, the last one is a constant for me. We keep Christmas simple and low key, everything that I give is homemade and is usually either a food hamper or a quilt, that way I can work on them through the year and the gifts go out with no rush or pressure. I cut fresh greenery from my garden and the hedgerows, my tree this year is a small variegated holly, smothered in berries, I will wrap the container in gold and that will suffice.

    1. Your holly tree sounds beautiful, Pam. I hope to see a photo on your blog!

  2. Dropped by to say "Happy Holidays." I love the wagon. I have my old antique sled on my front porch with a wreath attached. I used to run with it as a child and now I can barely lift it! The Arnold quote is awesome.

  3. I'm wishing you peace and joy this holiday season. I miss the smell of pine trees. Sigh...

  4. What beautiful and meaningful words for Christmas.

  5. I absolutely love your 'woodsie' arrangement. Beautiful - thoughtful words, you post!

  6. I adore your childhood red wagon. The red chair and winter greenery are lovely.
    The quote is a perfect reminder of what's important.
    Love is the best gift of all.

  7. Lovely sentiments! Merry Christmas!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  8. I would sure like to give up all the your suggestions. I would love to enjoy this time of about STRESS. I do not do stress well . Your decorations are perfect:)