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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Making A Start

I've decided to go minimal on the Christmas decorating this year, at least that's my intentions.
I do seem to have trouble knowing where to stop, once I've started.

For many years, I would hang twinkly faerie lights from every eave of the house, every tree in the yard, even the bird houses would get a mini-set of twinkle.
I would be the crazy neighbor, hanging lights from the porch long after dark, whilst the rest of the world snuggled inside.

I'm going green, please wish me luck !

29 comments:

Mama-Bug said...

I think it will be beautiful and natural. Back to the old time ways seems the way to go these days!

Tina Eudora said...

I'm doing the same thing this year Jo!
I will be putting a few lights in my front window as there are some small children next door and I like to set an example for the little ones, but besides a 4 foot little artificial tree I am down-playing the glitter thing indoors.
I think it brings a more spiritual feeling to the holiday and since I live alone it works for me.
Have a bright and happy day!
Tina xo

DJan said...

Whatever you do, I know it will be beautiful, because, well, everything you create seems to be so! :-)

An Historical Lady said...

I remember days long ago of my 80's 'cutesy country decor' disasters and well, pretty tasteful but not-my-thing-now outdoor Christmas lights.
Fast forward years. I now live in an 18thc. house in New England with all 17thc. furniture. My Christmas decor is decidedly minimal and very comforting and NOT commercial---no tree, no lights. I use plenty of greens, fruit, and candles for a more 'period' look. Works for us.
Each year we do our '18thc. New England Christmastide Photo Gallery' on our website, to musick. (I do hope you will make a cup of tea and sit down and visit it for a bit, and that it may make your holiday just a little more enjoyable!)

Love all your photos. I wish you a very happy Christmas. Oh, and I LOVE the snow on your blog---an all too familiar sight here in New Hampshire in winter!
Blessings to you~

Mary

website: www.thecountryladyantiques.com

blog:
http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

Sandra said...

green sounds good to me, be sure to document for us

Deb said...

Love it. I think simple is beautiful. Have fun.

Bittersweetfolkart said...

Think I will be doing the same this year ..

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

We go minimal every year, but then our whole house is done in Shaker. But the wreath is on the door and there will be a tree in the corner and stockings on the mantlepiece. Jim

L. D. Burgus said...

Whatever you put out it will add a great beauty to you great home. I don't intend to bring up all of things from the basement this year, just the ones that I really enjoy.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photo ! To me simple is the best not to much but yet not to little just right ! Have a wonderful day !

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

It's hard to not get taken away by feeling like you need more lights--But sometimes less is better!! Good luck!! :-)

Silvia-Maria said...

Eine wunderschöne, natürliche Weihnachtsdeko.
Liebe Grüße
Silvia-Maria

Susie Swanson said...

Beautiful, why is it everytime I visit your place I always feel so at home surrounded by so much beauty. And that header is gorgeous. You know how to put one in the spirit...Susie

Rebecca said...

WhatEVER you do, I know it will be gorgeous!

Nezzy said...

Simple is sometimes the best and your is beautiful!

God bless ya and have a glorious day sweetie!!! :o)

Mary Lou said...

Whatever you do will be beautiful!

Jodie said...

Your house looks so cosy. Its supposed to be summer here but is actually cold and wet.
I'm doing a giveaway on my blog if you want to have a little look, and thanks for following!

Terry said...

It will be lovely!

Insulation Methods said...

Is it because the decors cost a little high these days? Nevertheless, you Christmas decor this year still looks awesome.

Denise said...

I wish you the best of luck and you were and are one of the neighbors I probably would have envied because the outside twinkly lights always look so very pretty. Have a great weekend Jo.

Bluebell Woods said...

I am sure whatever you do it will be perfect. It always looks perfect to me.
Janice

Snowbrush said...

Hi, Brit, I was so happy to see you on my blog again today. My but it has been a long time since either of us have visited the other.

I think Peggy and I go a little crazy on Xmas--rather that PEGGY goes a little crazy on Xmas--but at least she sticks to inside decorations due to much loud moaning and groaning from me.

Babs said...

Jo, Green's good! Go with what makes you happy, and what you have time to enjoy. It took me a long time to figure that out. :) I'm still working on my decorations. LOL
Merry Christmas!

Vicki said...

I did the same thing this year...Just a couple trees,lights,Santas,and lots of Greenery..I love it! So festive and easier also...Can't wait to see photos of what you do...I know it will be just beautiful! Merry Christmas,,,

Anonymous said...

...for sharing your gorgeous pictures, stories and music on your blog. I've come a couple of times to it and it is so peaceful and restful...thank you!! I'll come again one day!!
Blessings...Karen

Sunny said...

I have cut way back as well! Just too much as I won't get it all taken down till after I am mended from knee surgery. That would probably be end of Jan ??
Besides, Christmas is in the heart, enjoyment of friends, a little comforting food, and a present if we are fortunate to do so. Have a great Christmas. I am thinkng you will enjoy going green :)

Sara said...

It's looking very cozy and welcoming here, with the warm, glowing scenes and the snowflakes falling.

Theanne and Baron said...

Sounds a good idea...with an apartment not so much to decorate outside...I have to admit I may put up a string of colored lights to light my entry way! Natural and green is wonderful!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

LOL I hear you Jo! I've been trying to do the same thing this year and so far I'm doing pretty good. I did fill the tree with lots of our old ornaments ..I left a lot of the 'filler' ornaments off this year though. We usually hang icicle lights outside but we haven't done it this year. I've brought lots of Juniper bows into the house and have used them outside as well. I've still got a few things to do but the majority of the decorating is done. Enjoy your 'tweaking' if you do such a thing!
Maura :)