My motto for Christmas décor always used to be:
the more, the merrier!
Not so much now.
While I still super love Christmas,
I’ve scaled way back in recent years.
Instead of a houseful of yuletide happiness,
we’re now down to this tiny tree
on our enclosed front porch:
I bought the tree years ago at the old Eddie Bauer Home store.
They had everything my then-country-bumpkin heart desired!
At one time, my little Eddie Bauer tree was one of 3 or 4 trees
I’d have up + running throughout the house.
Our kitchen would often get its own tree
decorated with old tin cookie cutters, like this one:
Since the business I owned in the 80’s + 90’s
was called Heart-in-Hand,
I collected cookie cutters with that motif.
See? Here’s my logo:
Here’s the front of the building I bought
for my retail store (+ later, our home, upstairs):
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But back to this year.
Our tiny Eddie Bauer tree looks great
inside this old wooden box that I just bought:
Don’t you love it?
I bought it at our town’s French Hens Holiday Market in November;
I blogged about it here:
It came from Jeanine Burkhardt of (very quaint) Cedarburg, WI,
whose cool blog is a MUST-READ:
If you live in the Midwest, you’ve got to catch her booth
at one of her many shows.
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But once again, back to my Christmas:
I kept the rest pretty simple,
sticking to a red + gold color scheme, which I love:
Those primitive mustard stars
+ that red, wooden bead garland
are both relics from my country bumpkin era.
Then I added some fairly plain Jane red + gold balls
+ forced myself to stop.
A few other country bumpkin favorites
also made the cut this year:
My friend, Alan, gave me that sled years ago,
our neighbor, Scott, gave me the old water cooler,
+ our birch tree surrendered a few branches this year
‘for the cause’.
Oh, here’s my Pottery Barn Santa pillow,
out on the front porch, as well:
And, finally, just outside the front porch:
Here are G.O. + me,
with just a few other yuletide accents,
like my favorite electric candles in each window.
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while I have gone way less-is-more at Christmas,
what little decorating I did do made me as happy as a school girl!
Hope you’re feeling the same way!