Advent is winding down! Oh, there seems like so much still to do. Isn’t that how it always is? Still, I wanted to pop on and wish all of you a Merry Christmas.
The stockings are hung by the chimney with care! We did misplace one of the girls’ stockings, and fortunately they aren’t personalized so I whipped out my own personal First Christmas stocking for Littlest to use. She won’t even notice, this year, at least.
No, the star does not fit above the tree. The tree was just too tall!
And no fire in the woodstove this year. It is far too unseasonably warm. 😦
The prints above the mantel are from “glorydesigns” on Etsy.
Upstairs we have our Jesse Tree and the IKEA stars that Haus Meister brought home for me last month. When lit, they are very cheerful and may just be one of my favorite decorations this year.
I do love decorating with candles. Last year, also from Etsy, I purchased a set of vinyl Nativity cutouts to go on glass jars for a handmade candle holder effect. However, it was one of those things I didn’t get around to until this year.
This jolly St. Nick is one of the few decorations to have survived through our entire marriage. He’s been at every Christmas in every place we’ve lived. Even if he has to hide in a bathroom for survival…
And everyone was happy to get our big tree downstairs!
Everything is one toddler away from destruction. (Actually, they’re surviving okay)
As Advent ends and Christmas proper begins, I’m going to share with you some of our favorite carols. Frohliche Weihnachten!
O Come O Come Emmanuel (this version has been a favorite in the Haus this Advent)
Mitt Hjerte Alle Vanker
Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker
Mitt hjerte alltid vanker i Jesu føderom
Akk, kom jeg opp vil lukke mitt hjerte og mitt sinn
Jeg gjerne palmegrene vil om din krybbe strø
My Heart Always Lingers
My heart always lingers in the birthplace of Jesus
Oh come, I will open my heart and my mind
I will gladly spread palm branches around your manger