Christmas pillows were waiting for me when I got home from vacation. I ordered them from an Etsy shop called Prim - N - Shabby - Me. I fell in love with vintage Christmas decor several years ago and am slowly adding like items to my Christmas decor.
Her pillows are handmade
And the images are from vintage prints and postcards.
You can get the fabric tea stained to give them an aged look.
I arrived home from vacation just in time for Thanksgiving - and now the beginning of Advent is upon us. Whew! I haven't had much time to devote to making my house cheery and bright as of yet but I am blogging about the serious side Advent on my regular blog if you are interested.
That said, those who belong to liturgical churches can be rather rigid in their thoughts about Advent and Christmas. Some do not put up a tree until Christmas Eve, some wait until then to start saying Merry Christmas -- it can be very controversial in some circles.
I take my spiritual life very seriously BUT I do decorate as I can. Decorating for the season brings me great joy. It is mostly a solitary task now that my children are older so that I can pray and ponder as I work. I love my home being cheerful and bright - as to welcome with joy and love family, friends, and even strangers who may come knocking.
You never know who you might be entertaining...
I want to be ready spiritually and in this earthly presence.
I know Christmas happens around the world in all climates but it just seems so foreign to me to see this:
Santa climbing a palm tree?
I have always lived in the Midwest. Santa is associated in my mind with cold and snow!
Santa has been climbing this palm tree at Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island, FL for as long as I can remember. He looks out over the Gulf of Mexico. Perhaps this is his summer home and Mrs Claus has him putting up lights before they head up north?
Yes, I'm still on vacation...
...but Hubby promises the Christmas boxes from storage will be waiting for me when I get home!