Can you believe Christmas is less than three weeks away?!
With so much celebrating and shopping and decorating and wrapping during the month of December, it can be a constant defeating struggle for those of us who desire to keep our eyes and hearts and minds focused on “The Reason For The Season”. If you are wrestling with the hustle and bustle and just aren’t feeling in the spirit, join me in a simple Advent study over here. Just 15 minutes each morning to center your heart on Christ and get in the Spirit. You’ll be a few days behind in the four week study, but it wouldn’t take much to catch up. Such a valuable use of time!
I watched a Youtube video with my youngest about the purpose of Advent. I’m having him tag along with me in the Good Morning Girls Advent study. They offer a children’s study to accompany the one I linked above if you subscribe to their posts. I loved what was said in the video about Christmas preparations. Advent is a period of time that we prepare our homes to welcome the Savior.
Think about it. Mothers remember well the expectant wait for their newborn’s birth. You prepare your home. You do what you can to prepare your life for the arrival of a new person who will change everything for you. Think about the person in your life that you love to have come for a visit. Perhaps you do things to spruce up your home before their arrival. You arrange a place for them to sleep and make sure it is just so. You plan meals and activities as your excitement builds to have them in your home and spend time with them. How much more would we prepare our homes to celebrate the birth of the Savior?
I’m feeling behind on my decorating this year. We have lights up on our tree, but no ornaments yet. I’ve added a few touches of Christmas decor to key spots in our home (you can see last year’s decorations here), but I haven’t pulled the overall look together and wrapped it up with a bow yet. Time is marching on and I can either feel the pressure, or choose an attitude of worship in my preparations.
Worship in the preparations. Yes.
That said, I’m having a hard time settling on the look I am after this year. In November, I was all about the rustic country warm feeling. I thought I would try to carry it over to my Christmas decorating, but it just wasn’t happening. Instead, I’ve let designer Sarah Richardson inform a more cool approach to my holiday decor. It just seems to suit the color palette in my home and a snowy backdrop that’s bound to come in our climate (any time now…).
Here, Sarah’s design team member Lindsay Mens created a chic, cool, contemporary look. Confession: I’d kind of like to wrap my tree in a feather boa, but it’s a bit too contemporary for the overall look and feel of our home. You need a very skinny tree to make it look right.
Instead of a feather boa, my sister included feather ornaments on her tree, along with clusters of ornaments. She’s going to love me for putting this unedited picture on my blog (wink!), but I’ll soften her heart by sharing that she is the person I wrote about having into my home. Plus, clustering ornaments is a cool idea.
I’ve been wrestling internally over such contemporary decorations at this nostalgic time of year. Here’s an inspiration image that bridges cool and collected. Love a simple wreath tied up with an ivory satin bow. My decor always has to include glass and sparkle, so the lamp and mirror in this vignette are also speaking to me. Add a cool blue throw and an evergreen wreath to your antiques for a contemporary spin on traditional decor, and you’re well on your way to a modernized classic scheme.
We’re planning to put ornaments on our tree this weekend. I’m considering clustering varying shades of blue ornaments on a few branches. I’ll include vintage ornaments in the clusters as a subtle nod to the nostalgic nature of the season. Instead of a feather boa, I’ll wrap the tree in tripled up strands of wispy ivory yarn as I have done in the past. I also like to put lots of white ornaments on the tree to add a unifying element to the hodgepodge mix. It will be a long time before I’m able to deny our tree the collected ornaments that tell stories of Christmas past, so they have to be included in whatever scheme I come up with each year.
Now that my creative juices are flowing, I’m looking forward to making my vision come to life over the next few days, remembering who I am making all these preparations for in the first place.
Happy holidays, friends! :)