Winter Storm 2016… There is something very special about snow we must admit.. Most everyone gets a little giddy about the possibility of a free/snow day and why not? The world seems to slow down a bit and we have a snug window of a moment to enjoy loved ones by cooking soups/stews and maybe warm beverages. Followed by Sledding and building snowmen and creating memories.. It is the bright ray in the darkest coldest season. A beautiful moment to enjoy.
My husband and I typically do not exchange gifts on Christmas. We have all that we need snd purchase items we want during the season.
Well while doing our family shopping together I spotted this female nutcracker at Pier One Imports. I loved it! I have collected nutcrackers for years. However, displaying all of them each season can be a bit of a chore. I just could not justify spending the cash on something whimisical.
So what a wonderful surprise when My husband surprised me with her on Christmas Eve!
She is a red haired glamorous shopper nutcracker or at least thats my interpretation…
So cheers and happy season and hete is to wonderful surprises.
Now that the kiddos have grown up. One over seas protecting the country the other a senior in college and chasing the mighty dollar.. She is actually Working on Thanksgiving! We. The four that was available actually celebrated on a Tuesday .. Two days early at a steak house … I know! No turkey or dressing or cooking.. This is not because we can not cook. We have done turkey in brine and homemade cranberry sauce ( serious food network junkies ) in the past. Trust me my filet was perfect..
As the family dynamics changes.. So does tradition… And that goes for decorating as well. So away with the fresh $80.00 fraser fir with all the traditional trimmings and welcome to my twin artificial white christmas trees… I am embracing change with a new-decorative mind set…
I had no idea how I was going to decorate them .. What color scheme? So I did what any woman living in the 21st century would do and perused Pinterest!!
I love the elegant look of silver and gold.. I used a combination of old ornaments that I actually had forgotten about ( middle age fog brain )… But let me tell you this! My old lights had green wire and that stuck out like a sore thumb.. So off I go back to the nearest Hardware store to find lights with a white wire!! Lessons learned.
Next tree took another 24 hours. Decisions , decisions! I decided to use what I had because most if the silver and gold ornaments were exhausted on the first tree. I used red and gold with a few personal ornaments thrown in…
Here is the second tree.
Heres to celebrating the holidays in a new style! Have you changed your traditions?
Speed is my middle name… I talk fast, ( funny because I am southerner) walk, eat and think way to fast. It creates an anxiety atmosphere for sure. Sometimes that little voice whispers slow down. Well this week the voice said slow down and take some pictures at Rotary Park… This path was a reminder to me when my family was very young we would cycle this path But now the children are off making there way in Life and I need to slow down and inhale natures boundless beauty.