Our house is filled to the brim with family now.  I’ve had 2 of my granddaughters staying with me for the past 2 weeks and last night my son, his wife and Lily arrived from Germany.    Every bed is taken, the dishwasher runs everyday, along with the washer and dryer.  There are gifts to wrap and a house to clean, but these times are precious and I’m thankful for every minute.

 

My house is decorated with simple things this year and my granddaughters helped with every decoration.  We made photo tags of family members and mixed them with little woodland animals on the tree.  It’s the perfect Christmas tree for Lily’s tiny hands and she loves looking at the photos.

Bitsy & Chelsea

bottlebrush ornaments

Lily

Sweet owl

A simple candle in glass…

pinecone candle

…surrounded by cranberries and glitter stars…

cranberries

And on the mantle candles are wrapped in Christmas ribbon…Christmas mantle

We decorated a topiary with pink Christmas lights that were sent to me from Pamela in Indiana.   I love these lights!

Pink Christmas lights

Like so many of you I find the holidays bittersweet.  It’s a time of joy mixed with feelings of loss for those who are missing.

I hope this Christmas finds each of you surrounded with joy.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Hugs,

Anne

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