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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Weekend Snapshot: number 15


With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I'd post photographs of the decorating I've been doing this week. Below is my advent calendar which tells the story leading up to and including the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
Pretty early in my decorating efforts, I put a wreath on the front door. I think I may have added too many bows to it but I like a lot of bows.I also have little wreaths on my other doors. Instead of putting greenery on them, I used ribbons and ornaments.
My main tree this year is quite small and is actually 3 saplings that I cut out of my front yard and stuck in a florist cube in a big bowl. It works ok and is a lot easier than dealing with the monster trees I used to cram into my living room for Christmas.
One way I am able to use more of my ornaments than will fit on a small tree is to have some sitting under the tree with the presents.
When I begin putting more presents under the tree some of those guys can sit on top of the presents. Something new I tried this year was hanging some of my ornaments on the window rods and drapes.I am using both of my nativity scenes but I didn't put up the old manger which is getting harder and harder to make stand up. It's old and weathered which is appropriate, but I finessed it this year. The scene on the right side of the photograph is where the manger would go if I used it.

I think the flash which shows up in the display case above almost looks like an ethereal angel, or, the abominable snowman, depending on my mood.All I have to do now is stop decorating. It's funny how after I decided to simplify my Christmas and not have a big tree any more, I find myself doing more and more. I don't have a big tree but I have little scenes in most of the rooms in my house. My den/office has the fireplace so that's where the stockings are awaiting Santa's visit. I think I spot St. Nicholas with a flock of doves. Perhaps he's checking out who needs what in advance of Christmas, and he may decide what I need is to have less belongings, not more.

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46 comments:

AscenderRisesAbove said...

what fun to take a peek in your interior. i too put ornaments over my window in my kitchen and liked it so much I left it up year round. here is a peek at that if you like. (at the very bottom of this post)

http://ascenderrisesabove.com/wordpress/?p=636

thanks for sharing snapshots the way you do

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Sandy Carlson said...

These are awesome decorations. You sure do have the spirit!

Liza said...

Awesome! Beautiful decorations. Have a great week ahead.

A Simple Life said...

Beautiful shots. Loved the wreaths. Mine is up at http://mlizcochico.com

JC said...

Great snapshots into your home... my Mom was the same when she didn't put up a tree she compensated with other stuff. Now she has a new grandson to put a tree up for.

I've tagged you for 5 Christmas wishes. Hope you can find a few minutes to play along. Happy day to you.

vera said...

i really really love xmas decoartions... thats why i miss my family backhome... i havnt seen any xmas decorations as beautiful like that here in Canada!

great shots!

my Ws is up too...

how lucky u had.. u had a wonderful weather but here in Canada...we cant go outside coz theres snow storm until now...

my WS is up...

feel free to visit!

http://www.pinoynetwork.org/vera

see u there!

Natalie said...

Such fun decorations! Thanks for sharing your holiday spirit! :)

My Weekend Snapshot is up too! :)

Tricotine said...

I love your Christmas decorations, specially the curtain ones and the Advent calendar! :-)

Thanks for visiting! Happy week!

TRICOTINE
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idealpinkrose said...

you really have much christmas decorations. i always feel the spirit of xmas when i visit here.

carolinespicturepages.com said...

Your house is so nicely decorated. I like the wreath on the door.

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. It's fun for me to see what everyone else comes up with for the weekend snapshots.

eastcoastlife said...

Wow! You did a lot of decorating for Christmas! Beautiful! I love the fresh wreath that you made. I can only buy plastic ones here.

Rebecca said...

Wonderful Christmas decors!

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week ahead. :)

Inland Empire Girl said...

I felt more Christmas spirit being invited into your home. I love the nativity scenes!

tanabata said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas decorations with us. We don't have many decorations up but it's fun to see what everyone else does. :)

caribooponderer.com said...

I don't participate in this so I probably shouldn't have put my name in Mr. Linky.

Anyway I like your decorations, I haven't even started yet. It is just hubby and me and no visitors over Christmas and he doesn't care so I probably won't bother.

Mar said...

I love your wreaths (and the bows!) and it seems you found the perfect alternative to the big tree! I have a small wooden one to put on the table.
It's fun to see home decorations for Xmas.
I only have a few things out since we are leaving on Saturday and I am busy gathering our skiing stuff.รง

Gellianne said...

I love the wreath!

Yen said...

Hi Carver! It's been a while:) Missed being here! Anyway, awesome photos you got here! Happy Holidays:)

mine is up here;
Weekend Snapshots

Lynn said...

Your beautiful abode is so festive. I specially like the total look of your window after hanging different ornaments of the rods. They're nice. :)

my said...

yr house looks ready for Christmas already :)

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Anonymous said...

my kid says by looking at yr pics, Christmas seems so real..in a way it does.steeped with traditions. this is the first year we r celebrating Christmas as we got to know of the faith in April. we dont know any of the trappings but I am going to buy my family Christmas gifts.

http://www.ahbong.com

Anonymous said...

a lot of effort has been put in


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Emmyrose said...

Those are beautiful decorations. Have a nice week ahead!

Lalaine said...

You're very creative. I love your decorations esp. the Advent calendar with the Christmas story/pictures.I'll try to make like that for my kids next year coz i'm sure they'll love it. Did you make that yourself?

btw, thanks for dropping by

HiPnCooLMoMMa said...

I love how you did your home for Christmas, it's beautiful. And great shots too

Carver said...

Thanks for visiting. I hope everyone's week is off to a good start.

Dan said...

these Christmas symbols are lovely!.....

dom said...

wonderful images!...indeed Christmas is fast approaching us!

poor man's nicole richie said...

i like the first wreath. you did just right. = )

Lorian said...

Wow, you have been quite the busy elf! I finally got around to decorating the inside of the house as well, and you are right, once you start it is like you can't stop!

thrivingat30 said...

Very cute and creative decorations! Thanks for sharing!

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SabineM said...

Love your tree! This year, we are hosting so I went for a BIG tree and then Maya wanted a baby tree, so I ended up with TWO trees!
I love advent calendars!
Great photos, Carver!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Bekkah said...

Love the pictures, your home looks wonderful!

Thank you for stopping by my site :)

lissa said...

That sounds like a lot of work. I don't know where you get the energy.

Have a great week.

Deb (Unrelenting Ambiguity) said...

I love the wreath - there is just something about greenery! (And I like the bows!) Thanks for showing us your decorating! I have never been into doing it myself, but I enjoy seeing what others do!

Thanks for the visit!

~Deb

Joyismygoal said...

I love Christmas

Theresa said...

Fun decorations- I always thought of hanging those big Christmas balls from ribbon on my windows and glass doors- never done it yet.
It made me smile that now all you have to do is stop decorating:) guess you are just on a roll!

Carver said...

Thanks again to everyone for visiting. I think I forgot to answer the question about whether I made the Christmas Story Advent Calendar. No, it was store bought when my daughter was still growing up. I don't remember when but I've had it a long time.

Ladynred said...

These are beautiful decors! Great job on that. Merry Christmas!

Carver said...

Thanks again to everyone for visiting.

Francine said...

i love your shots! i just love the color of the leaves during automn.Happy holidays in advance

ideru said...

as always.. great shot.. have a happy holidays

Amy said...

Interesting take on the theme!

Joshua said...

Hi, Carver! So sorry that it's only now that I was able to return the favor. I was advised by my gynecologist to rest completely due to threatened abortion. I've even asked my friends to do my paid postings for me since I can't come to the computer because I need to lie in bed for 2 weeks. Anyway, better late than never. I love pictures of things related to Christmas. I so love your ornaments, they are beautiful! Belated Merry Christmas and Advance Happy New Year! :-)

Carver said...

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting my weekend snapshot.