Tis the season of Christmas! It just might be my favorite season of the year and the bitter cold has officially hit here in Missouri. It feels like Christmas, now if we could just get a little snow to go with these frigid temperatures. I am so thankful that your visiting the blog today and hopefully you have already made the stop at The Honeycomb Home. Grab a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy the photos from our home and then click on over to Green With Decor to see her beautiful home. A big thank you, Jenna, for hosting this huge group of talented bloggers for the Christmas Tour.
I really love Christmas and recently shared several ways that I try to cultivate a peaceful Christmas season. I enjoy decorating in a very simple style and this year was no different. My children and I enjoyed making several handmade decorations this year, like the white stars on the wreath and the tree.
Our kitchen and dining room space is really small compared to the standard kitchen of the day. I enjoy the cozy space and I try to stay extremely organized so that our kitchen is easy to work in. We live in an ongoing remodel after we purchased a manufactured home several years ago. The kitchen is still far from finished and one of these days I will have some gorgeous cabinets and counters to show.
A purchased a real tree this year to place in the dining room and then stuck it in an old crock that I have. If you leave the bottom branches and stick the tree down into the crock, it will stand without needing something inside to hold it.
My son recently built a shelf for one wall in the kitchen and I enjoyed decorating it this year. I added some fresh greenery, dried cranberries and nuts to give the shelf a festive feel. You can read about how I preserve my fresh greenery to use for the season, this helps it to keep from dropping the needles as quickly, creating a mess.
Living in a smaller home, I am careful about what decorations I have to box up each year. With Christmas, it is very few. Strands of white lights, a few artificial garlands and my reindeer that I have collected through the years, are a few of the things. Otherwise, I enjoy using things that are found in nature or that can be eaten as well. My children love cracking nuts open this time of year and so using them to decorate with is just a bonus.
On the end section of our pantry, I have a vintage peg rack that holds a Longaberger basket filled with Rosemary. Christmas holds many smells and I think Rosemary is one of them that pairs so well with all the other scents of the season. The bells were an old ornament that I took apart, spray painted and hung with jute twine.
The pantry got a little touch of Christmas joy as well. I use this space many times throughout the day and I enjoy making it beautiful. Having everything organized in large jars and smaller jars makes baking easy and I always know what I have on hand. The small tree below is one of the few artificial pieces that I tuck away each year. The small size makes it perfect for the island and this year we draped warm white lights on it with a dried cranberry garland.
Just a few simple touches in our kitchen this Christmas season but it's never really about having a perfectly put together space for me. It's about the memories that are created here. It's about Christmas music playing, children helping bake and the memories that are created together.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit the others on the tour! Merry Christmas!
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