Four years ago I wrote a blog post with this very same title. Huh… The ‘novelty’ of being back in our old home I’m sure won’t wear off until we’ve done a longer stint here at Brindabella than we did previously (14 months in 2010-2011). So very different this time around, yet still feels like home. And nothing makes a home feel more loved and lived in quite like a Christmas tree! Behold…
Some furniture re-arrangement was required to actually make a space for a tree in our little teeny farmhouse, but the new set-up will work well when the tree is gone too (making lots more space and functionality in the sunroom/eventual Eleanor playroom). The tree is adorned with all my usual decorations – white ceramic and mercury glass baubles, tin hearts and bell wreath, white clay tags, hessian and ripped linen wrapped balls, crocheted stars…I am absolutely indulging in my very ‘Emma’ Christmas tree until it is taken over by Eleanor-made decorations and gaudy coloured lights and tinsel. Which will be fine, I’m all for it when you’ve got little kids, but for now…I’m holding on to my ever so carefully curated tree! Our poor tree nearly went for an almighty tumble last night though, my corn husk angel still is fairly askew…
The rest of the house has been adorned with bunting and wreaths and Christmas who-ha. Our front door is never used (like, never!) so I’ve put the wreath on the inside where we will see it instead! My red hydrangea petal wreath I actually made four years ago to hang on that very door.
This is the first time in all seven years of living together that we’ve not had a mantle in our home though – what a crisis! Nowhere to hang our stockings. I’ll find another home for them around the house, but Eleanor is missing one anyway. I contacted the lady who made these for me years ago (one for myself, Matt and Tessa) to see if she could do another ‘E’ and a ‘B’ for Bella, but she doesn’t make them anymore. I will have to share my ‘E’ with Eleanor, or make some more myself if I find the right supplies.
There is absolutely no finer sight in my opinion than the Christmas tree at night with it’s lights twinkling away. I’m pretty bummed Eleanor never really sees it like that though as she’s in bed well before dark! We’ve been practicing sitting though as I really want to get a photo of her sitting looking at the tree. She has been quite interested in the strange new feature in the sunroom, imagine next year when she’s 18 months old! Oh boy.
Hoping you and your family are enjoying the magic of the season in your own homes. This Christmas is obviously a very special one for us, our first as a family – and this Christmas crazy lady is pretty pumped about it all! It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaaa!
Oh, that wreath! Did you make the hydrangea wreath out of real/dried hydrangeas? Or fake? I think I might have to give it a try…
Fake! I think I just bought them at Spotlight, and a foam wreath, some pins and away you go!
Anne@Grit and Giggles says
Love your Christmas tree and you Christmas joy is certainly shining through in this post. I need to find mine. Enjoy the excitement of your first family Christmas.
looks lovely, em! I spy a sweet little birdy too! xx
Yes I love him! (Her?) So sweet, thank you xxx