We've gone out and gathered a few more greens. I like small living things in pots to add to the table. Little junipers and bits of ivy. If there are still some left when I go back I will add a bit of holly. Any excuse to breathe in that heavenly scent at the nursery this time of year!
The scent dissipates quickly at home as everything dries out. That's why you have to add more!
This all probably feels very familiar to you already. . . Well, welcome back!!!
I did a little change up of the mantel as we are using the fireplace a lot. When the front is covered we get asked, "Do you ever use your fireplace?" And the answer is yes, of course. But not everyone does use a fireplace much. A fire is messy, and trouble, and can be smokey, and wood is expensive. etc.. etc. But everyone loves to sidle up to a good cozy fire!
I thought I would have fresh greens on the mantel, but I found this pine cone garland for now. Crisp evergreens are too depressing, and I do love to use real branches. They just can't last too long. So I may do some up closer to Christmas Eve when the family is all gathered around the fire.
I keep little votives burning night and day whether the fire is lit or not.
I have the scent of evergreen close by just set on a chair while it waits for a table arrangement.
And the red Amaryllis has bloomed already!
Everything ready for an impromptu visit.
I have taken to keeping one or two small logs going throughout the day when we are home and the weather is extra cold. The men like to pile up the logs and make a roaring fire. But a small blaze gives off amazing warmth from the coals and is just as cheery! It's more frugal that way if you want to burn often, and there is simply no cheerier way to start a morning or end a day at Christmastime. . . .
I hope you have a cozy weekend all lined up!
Don't forget to savor the small things. . .
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