Oooh golly, we're nearly there! As usual, I am incredulous that Christmas Day is almost upon us, it comes around more quickly every year. I actually feel quite in control, though, and confident I can enjoy the big day as well as turning out a whopping great meal and so on. Welcome to our Christmas HenHouse.
I've laid the table so that's one less thing to think about tomorrow. Come this time of year, I am always pleased we have a red decorated dining room, it just seems so festive.
In the sitting room, I have a little old fake tree up which for the first time, I have decorated just with vintage decorations. I was pleasantly surprised at how many I had managed to collect over the last few years, all from thrifty charity shops, flea markets and second hand shops.
It's a time to be grateful for all we have and the love of those around us, but also to remember those we miss.
We are SO glad to have our home back in time for Christmas after this year's horrid building works and the tree takes pride of place in our family room. I left the decorating of the tree to the boys this year (a miracle as I am usually quite particular about placing all the ornaments)!
The presents have started to appear under its branches.
Charlie Boy is getting excited about opening his stocking!
And beyond the wonderful tree, my beautiful kitchen has gone all festive for its first Christmas, too.
The cakes have been decorated, one has gone off to my in-laws and the other awaits us to devour it. It shall not last long as it's a firm favourite with Mr HenHouse! Old fashioned style is best, I think, when it comes to decorating; icing swirled to look like snow and old chalk decorations, with a few new ones added, too.
I finally finished my sewing project. I bought the thin printed cotton 1950's mats from Etsy; a bit of backing and batting added, some hand quilting to outline the design and a final finishing touch of some candy striped binding and I'm so pleased with how the place mats have turned out. Ready for breakfast on Christmas morning.
The shelves have had a complete festive makeover. All the pretty pastel things have been packed away for a while and red and green vintage goodness takes their place. I had a great time arranging everything!
The vintage pot holders have also been replaced with Christmas-coloured ones, all bought from America after many hours mooching on Etsy, and the mugs have gone festive, too.
Most of the items on the shelves are vintage; I borrowed a few bits from my kitchen shelves at the cottage where I have more red items, and I've collected other things thriftily over the last few weeks and months. I will be sorry to take it down as I have enjoyed looking at it. That's what makes Christmas special though, isn't it, the fact that we celebrate it for but a few weeks each year.
Over on the other side, there are a couple more pot holders and I'm now so glad we chose green tiles as they work so well with a Christmas colour scheme.
So all that remains is to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS. Let's hope it's a good one...