This year instead of checking ” Get Christmas Decorations Up” off our list, let’s be present in every moment. As you unpack the nativity, reflect on the gift of our Savior. As you unwrap the ornaments made by little hands, remember what it’s like to be a child at christmas. As you write your Christmas cards, be thankful for the community He has surrounded you with. Instead of rushing, let’s savor this time. The memories of the season are the priceless decorations in our Christmas.
I’m linking up with my sweet new friend Katie for a Christmas home tour. This year for Christmas I wanted to keep with the vintage style of my cozy cottage. Many of my items in my home were passed down from family members , hand made or purchased at the dollar section. Christmas does not need to be right out of Better Homes and Gardens to be meaningful.
Come in from the cold, pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate and step into my Christmas Cottage.
This lovely hutch is one of the first things you will see upon entering my cottage. I switch out the main themes seasonally but it usually holds wine glasses, barware and other vintage loveliness. My Christmas hutch includes a hand-knit stocking by my grandmother, a beautiful nativity scene I’ve collected over the years, and my growing stack of Christmas cards in a vintage silver bowl.
In the little corner in my living room hangs a framed record by the wonderful Bing Crosby and my Advent calendar from Naptime Diaries. I’ve enjoyed hanging it up each day and this season I’m reflecting the birth of our savior by reading along with #shereadstruth and The Ultimate Gift by Ann Voskamp.
Above my bookcase I’ve created a simple vintage vignette using christmas houses passed down from my grandmother, a hand-made sign, some fresh evergreens and a simple ornament wreath I made last year.
One of my favorite childhood memories is getting dressed up and heading to downtown Milwaukee to attend Christmas Eve service with my grandparents. Like many churches they ended their service with a candle light singing of silent night. I stenciled a few of the lyrics onto stretched burlap canvas, evergreen, a coffee-bag stocking and glitter make my hallway a bit more festive.
And last but not least, my Christmas tree. This year I cut down my tree at Zachariah’s Acres. 100% of the proceeds benefit children with special needs and so I found the biggest one that would fit in my little cottage. I have never been able to have my very own freshly cut tree so this year was extra exciting! I gathered a few ornaments I collected over the years and added some neutral gold and silver bulbs from the Dollar Store. My favorite spot this yeas has been to curl up on my chaise next to the twinkling tree.
Merry Christmas friends. Thanks for stopping by my Christmas cottage.