I‘m gearing up for Christmas and my virtual world-wide Christmas open house! Did you catch the party announcement over the weekend? I hope you are going to be a part of this! Wherever you are in the world, let’s open our doors and show off our decorations!
While we are not one of those organized families that gets a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, I do like to start decorating as early as I can. But as I’ve mentioned before, my seasonal decorating is a slow evolution rather than a one day event.
Not only were we painting the walls in our entry the week of Thanksgiving (yes, I know I do need to post more about that and show some progress pics!!) but we had visitors and guests the week leading up to Thanksgiving and the weekend after! We ended Thanksgiving week at our church by putting together care packages for the homeless. That was an awesome conclusion to the week, it was good to reset our priorities after a week of indulgence! The week was full (as were our tummies) and a little crazy, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
But now, this week, I’m trying to get in my Christmas decorating groove. Fortunately it doesn’t take much to get going! I just have to get started! And here is what I did…
To kick off the Christmas decorating at my house in a simple, classic way, I started with poinsettias. These plants are GORGEOUS! I’m not one to want to do a lot of fussy decorating, so give me something natural and ready to go and I’m a happy girl. I haven’t even pulled out my Christmas boxes yet so this was the perfect way to ease into decorating!
One thing I love about poinsettias is they are so easy to incorporate into my holiday decorating with their beautiful flowers and leaves. They just say CHRISTMAS to me! I use them every year!
I like to just tuck these little beauties in here and there, sometimes putting them in different containers or setting them on something to give them a little prominence. And contrary to an old rumor about them being poisonous, they are SAFE around kids and pets too! That is important to me as we take about 500 things out of Jack’s mouth every day. I’m a little nervous about our ornaments tempting him this year!
Three cheers for the arrival of poinsettias! Christmas, I’m on my way!
Just a reminder: You are all invited to my virtual Christmas open house on December 12th, and you can link up your Christmas house too! Linking up means you take photos of your Christmas house and post photos online somewhere (a blog or public facebook album, perhaps) and then put the link to the photos over on a “linky” which will be on my blog …. if you are new to all this, it will make more sense when you see it in action on December 12th.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the perfectly decorated large or charming house, that is not a requirement to be a part of the party! You don’t even have to show off your entire house if you don’t want to, just decorate a favorite corner, show us your tree, or fancy up a shelf or a mantel and take photos to share, then be ready to invite us in! Or, just come by and visit! Hooray!
Note: These poinsettias were brought to me by Tamara (a new friend I met online! Yes, I do meet friends online.) all the way from Canada and Darvonda Nurseries! Can you imagine that kind of service? She wanted to make sure they arrived safely so she drove them to me herself! She is a gem! Thank you Tamara! And I was thrilled to be able to introduce Tamara to nine other blogging buddies who love poinsettias as much as I do! If you use poinsettias in decorating, be sure to check out Tamara’s poinsettia decorating challenge! This post and the poinsettias were sponsored, but my love of poinsettias is genuine.
Watch for these blogger’s holiday decorating and poinsettia posts!
What is the first thing you usually start with for Christmas decorating?