Last year, I wrote just such a post as this for my first bloggy Christmas. I can't apologise for showing you all our Christmas decorations all over again because to me, it feels just as exciting this time around (and of course, I have lots of lovely new followers too). Each year when the decorations come out of their boxes, I've inevitably forgotten most of them and am delighted as I unwrap my "special decorations" (the pretty glass ones, the ones the other members of the household are prone to breaking!)
As if right on queue, we woke up to the white fluffy stuff this morning. Whilst I'm afraid I find the snow quite a pain for practical reasons, I cannot deny it looks rather special, it casts a lovely glowing light on everything and of course, it's very difficult to be anti-snow in a home containing an eight year old!
Herewith, our first ever photo of a snowy Christmas HenHouse taken late this afternoon. To be fair, most of the snow has already gone!
I just love peering into windows from the outside. Everything looks so magical, especially at this time of year, late in the day, when all the lights are switched on. Want a peep into the HenHouse?
The other side?
Brrrr, it's cold, though, Come on in!
Each year, I inevitably seem to add to our collection of Christmas decorations and this year is no exception. In the sitting room, two new nutcrackers are in place, possibly my favourite type of decoration, I just love them!
Back in the other side of the house, in our family room, we find the tree, finally decorated after this year's predictable "Christmas-fairy-light-fiasco". This room is our focus really, as we tend to spend most of our time in here. We have to shunt out some furniture to allow for that rather handsome tree.
I hope you will indulge me in recording this main addition to our decorations this year: my snowy village.
Back to the tree, most days the Munchkin and I play "which is your favourite decoration" and I am rather loving these Father Christmas faces, oh so jolly, and although they look quite like vintage glass, they are actually plastic (phew!).
My favourite though, must be the miniature nutcrackers. I have three of these all in different colours. One of these days, I really must go to a German Christmas market (with a spare suitcase!)
The kitchen has also had a mini festive update. Good job really, as an awful lot of my time gets spent in here in December. The oilcloth has gone red and spotty along with the cloths and another nutcracker has found a home here, having been ousted from the mantelpiece by the snowy village.
Back in the family room, the Christmas cushions covers I made last year are happily back out. There's a rather gorgeous granny blanket on the sofa (a good find on eBay recently) which is in lovely, bright, Christmassy colours. A great hit with the furry friends, too.
This weekend, snow permitting, we are expecting family to visit and in an attempt to get a little organised, I have laid the table in the dining room already. I've also put up the artificial tree I used to have in my flat (when space was more of a premium) and the Munchkin has done sterling work with the paperchains once more.
My tablecloth which I bought in the charity shop in Bridport last weekend is freshly washed and ironed and on the table along with a few other festive touches at each place. Oh golly, I can see I've forgotten the spoons!
Finally (still with me?!), let's head upstairs then.
Inside, the fairy lights are always there, but a couple of sparkly trees are on the mantelpiece in wonderful pink and turquoise colours. Ok, they are quite hard to spot amongst all those bits 'n' pieces!
But I know they are there and I enjoy looking at them each day.
The shelves have a little decoration, too.
Phew, that tour was quite exhausting, my poor little fingers are aching from all this typing!
Lots of festive fun is taking place in the den as I type; there he is, the Munchy one, getting on with his cards. He's giving you a wave, just in case you can't see him!
He'd like to show you his creations, his cards and some snowmen he made in school.
And just to tip Michela over the edge(!), here is the Munchkin looking his most angelic at his school play on Wednesday...
Have a great weekend, snow or no snow! See you all next week.