Decking the Halls - Something New

I was so naughty this year and started "decking my halls" the week before Thanksgiving!  I have never done that in the past, but this year we have a super busy December with work, family in town, and lots of concerts and parties.  I'm so happy to have it all done and ready to enjoy.

This year there are a few new additions to our living room.  I love the rich colors and textures of wood and wool and really had fun adding those touches to our tree.  I'll be sharing instructions for a few of the handmade ornaments and the wool snow drift garland in the next week.

My favorite and heart warming addition is the handmade stable my husband surprised me with.  Last summer we went back to our family farm in New York and he brought home a few large sticks unbeknownst to me!  He used the sticks from our family woods to make a stable for my nativity.  It melted my heart!!!  It is for sure my favorite addition this year. 

On the mantle there I added a wool snow-drift blanket to keep the wool going all through the room.  Nestled into pine is my Grandmother red cardinal.  She loved those red birds so much.   I think she would be happy to see it on our Christmas mantel.

I collect old Santa mugs and this was a special gift from my is by far the most unique Santa set I've seen...and I love it on my side table.

Next week I will be sharing three ornament ideas on the blog and this photo transfer Christmas ornament on KUTV's Fresh Living!  

I hope you are having fun getting your home ready for the holidays.  I'll be sharing lots of ideas and recipes this month so check back often!  

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