Christmas A-glow


Christmas decorating is not one of the things I excel at.

I wasn't actually planning to decorate this year because of my themes for the year of "streamline" and "simplify".  However, in the end I decided to decorate for my cousin who will be visiting.  It will be nice to have make things festive for her.

We don't get to see one another that often and it was around this time last year that she almost died. It was touch and go for a month or more and today she is a walking, living miracle.  We plan to go together with other family members to visit my mom this Christmas. She will also be visiting a sister of hers who lives just over an hour from me to the north east.

I am also busily preparing for Christmas in Kenya. Read more here.







 



My tree is not full size yet it takes a lot of time and baubles to decorate it. I like to enjoy it with the lights turned low at night.



Joining in with Our World Tuesday this week.

Have a lovely week!

Blessings of the season to each of you as you prepare for Christmas wherever you are.

17 comments:

  1. Oh I love your Christmas stockings :) What a great reason to celebrate this year with your cousin - I hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with family and lots of love.

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  2. I hope you have a wonderful time with your cousin! I'm sure she will greatly appreciate your efforts to bless her by decorating for Christmas!

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  3. Your home is glowing with Christmas beauty. Have a wonderful time with your family.

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  4. I love the look of your mantelpiece with the candles glowing softly. Beautiful. Happy decorating. I am yet to start, I had better get to it. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

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  5. How lovely and festive.

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  6. Very pretty decorations, I love the lights and candles.. Have a happy day!

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  7. Hi Joyful, For starting by thinking you might not decorate at all, I would say you have done an outstanding job of setting the Christmas mood. Very nice work. I see a couple of lanterns ... maybe not railroad lanterns, but close enough. You know who loves those! Your cousin will surely appreciate the warmth of your home. One comment beyond the season ... I love that wooden buffalo! I have a similar one but it is not quite as elegantly done as yours. Thanks for sharing all the photos! John

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  8. How cheerful it all looks.Enjoy all your family.

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  9. Neat! That'll surely give your cousin a festive mood and a warm welcome. Your decoration is an elegant festivity.

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  10. Hi Joyful, your decorations are beautiful and I think they help set our moods in the right place (at least once they are all done, I did not enjoy putting ours out this year either but I am enjoying them now and so is my husband and our visitors)

    merry Christmas to you

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  11. Your decorations look pretty and festive. I really enjoy the lights in the evening, too.

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  12. I think you excel at decorating, your house looks fantastic. Hope you have a wonderful time with your cousin, such a scary time she has been through.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  13. Lovely decorations - the candles are lovely.

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  14. Hi Joyful! I am so glad that you decided to decorate. I bet it all looks so gorgeous at night. I'm all about sparkle and candlelight, and your decor just brings peace to my soul. I hope your cousin enjoys your efforts. I know I did!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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  15. Good Morning Joyful, Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Can you believe another weekend is here? Time is flying by. I hope you are feeling well and I am sure you have been busy preparing for your cousin's visit. Wishing you some rest and relaxation over the coming weekend. Best regards from Seattle. John

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  16. It is always good to have a festival ambiance. All the blessing for your family particularly for your cousin. Happy Holiday!

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