I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! We unexpectedly had a very low key one. It turned out to be okay though, because I got a lot done as a result. Friday night we did our usual, saw friends who were in town for the weekend, and Saturday and Sunday I was a crazy woman. Saturday Wheat’s aunt let us come pick lemons off her trees (she is lemon RICH!). I picked a whole lot (it’s never enough!). I am still dealing with lemons. And even though my hands are sore and thorn-ravaged (which is a double whammy when the scratched come into contact with the lemon juice), I am still plotting my next trip to pick more. I squeezed (and Wheat helped some) a good bit of Meyer lemon juice for freezing to use year round. I have big plans for lemoncello, and I did try out some Moroccan preserved lemons using this article from the Splendid Table. Some of the lemons are Meyer lemons, and the others are some sort of lemon hybrid. They look like clementines, but taste like lemons! They are just precious.
Anyone know what they might be called?
Anyway, as promised, I thought I’d share all my Christmas decorations, since I finished that up toward the end of last week. This year we bought our tree from the Christmas Tree Farm in Bainbridge!
They had three types of trees: a Blue Sapphire, a Leyland Cypress, and an Italian Pine (I think?). We checked out the Blue Sapphire, which smelled amazing and were so beautiful… but I wasn’t sure they would stand up to my ornaments. Wheat’s family always gets the pine, so that’s what we brought home.
Harold thoroughly enjoyed participating in the tree picking/felling/transporting. We picked a 10 foot-ish tree, but lopped off the bottom two feet. I saved all the greenery the we chopped off, naturally.
Okay. Prepare yourself for Christmas overload. It has always been and will always be my absolute favorite time of year. I’ve been collecting Christmas decorations for years, as a totally normal college kid does.
As for the kitchen, I swapped out some of the china in my china cabinet for my Lenox Holiday (wedding gifts). The gold and white china was my grandparents’ china.
Added a vintage silver mini Christmas tree…
Added a bottle brush tree from Macy’s (in NYC on Black Friday last year) to the bar area. The champagne bottle is the one we toasted with the night Wheat and I got engaged, and the glass swizzle sticks are antique from an antique store in Thomasville. The decanters in the background I inherited from my grandparents.
I get a new Christopher Radko ornament every year for Christmas from my parents, which is a tradition that I absolutely cherish. I love this Santa and his kitties! This bottle brush tree was my grandmother’s, and the candle is vintage/antique. It drives Wheat crazy, but I can tell you a story about each and every ornament on the tree.
Moving into the living room (it’s really all one big living area, though)…
I decked out the mantel with leftover greenery from the tree, as well as some cotton and long leaf pine cones. Classic needlepoint stockings, of course. The ornaments and tiny tree topper on the little tree on the coffee table were my Grandmother’s as well.
I got this vintage Coca-Cola Santa sign last year after Christmas at my happy place (aka the Antique Annex here in Bainbridge). If Santa were to make a pit stop in our house, you can rest assured that my little doggie would be barking at him just like this one. FYI: Antique Annex has a great selection of vintage and antique Coca-Cola memorabilia like this (and so much more). I’m dying for an antique stuffed Santa drinking a Coke! Maybe after Christmas this year…
I will display Christmas cards we receive in the little basket, and of course, more cotton and greenery.
And here’s the tree in all its glory! The tree topper is Christopher Radko.
And at night…
The console table by the front door. You may remember when I painted it, and those oyster shells! They have recently been revamped with some gold leaf and lacquer. Another Christopher Radko ornament, my childhood glass Nativity scene, and the light-up ceramic Christmas tree was given to Wheat by his Grandmother. This worked out perfectly, because I remember my Grannie having one and I’ve always wanted one.
More of the greenery and cotton in an antique blue Ball jar, which I collect. The monogram was a DIY, which I’ll do a quick post about tomorrow!
Close-ups of a few of my favorite ornaments… but just know, they are all my favorites. There’s just not enough time in the world for me to show all of them to you one by one.
Christopher Radko surfing Santa, plus another vintage ornament or two.
Christopher Radko poodle. Obvi.
Christopher Radko chihuahua. A couple of my best friends, Sarah and Jessica, have chihuahuas that Harold is bffls with. This chi is in honor of Oliver, Tina, and Bella. :)
One of many vintage/antique glass ornaments I inherited from my Grandmother.
I made a small exception to the sparkly/shiny rule for this little Saint Nick, who belonged to my Grandmother, as well:
And a new favorite…
I made some gold leafed oyster shell ornaments. Perfectly appropriate for the year I started Oysters & Pearls. :)
I have a plethora of ornaments I didn’t even use on the tree this year. I really love all the shiny and sparkly glass ornaments, so I usually stick with them. I put a few others in there, but mainly the sparkly and shiny and antique win out. Maybe one day I’ll throw them all on with complete disregard for light reflection. Or just get a second tree.
Moving outside, my parents always send my sister and I (and some other family friends) a live wreath from L.L. Bean. They are always beautiful and are such a welcome treat! Thank you, parents!
I just added a small Norfolk Island Pine from Home Depot to the table between the rocking chairs to spruce it up (get it? Spruce?) for the Holidays. I did sit it in a terra cotta pot to tone it down a bit. PSA: Norfolk Island Pines like this are poisonous to pets, so be careful with them if you have cats and dogs around them.
I purchased a few cheapo faux wreaths from Wally world ($2.50 each!) and tucked some fresh greenery (again from the Christmas tree trimmings) into them to bulk them up. It’s a great trick to make them look like live wreaths and not so wimpy. I picked the plaid ribbon up last year after Christmas. They are held in place with a small gold tack.
I also hung one on the gate to the backyard. I love seeing it when I pull into the carport!
And…. I think that’s it. Unless you want me to literally document all my ornaments. Which I would be more than happy to do…
Happy Holidays from our little Kirbo family to yours!