Christmastime is Here

As I mentioned in this post, decorating the house for Christmas has been a process this year. In years past, my roommate and I have tried to set aside a day or two to get all of the decorating done in one fell swoop. This year … not so much.

But I’m learning to embrace The Nester’s motto, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” Finished or not, exactly how I envisioned it in my head or not, more-than-I-care-to-count broken ornaments or not, I so appreciate the beauty in Christmas decor …

The peacefulness of watching a Christmas movie by the light of the Christmas tree.

The happy memories of playing with a wooden nativity set while reciting much of the Christmas story from Luke 2 underneath the Christmas tree with my younger brother.

The moments of stillness experienced from simply enjoying the greens, reds, whites, and silvers.

The accompanying wonder and excitement that remind me of the gift, the miracle, the mystery, of the Incarnation of Christ.

Will you join me in slowing down and soaking in the beauty of this season?

These are all of the fun vintage ornaments we found in my grandparents’ attic over Thanksgiving. My grandfather remembered using them to decorate the tree when he was little. I was SO excited that we were able to use them as a centerpiece on the kitchen table.

We have several Christmas plates, but this little square reindeer plate is by far my favorite. It’s just so sweet and simple.

My crazy talented roommate, B, made both the tree skirt and the stockings this year based on some Pinterest finds we fell head-over-heels in love with. They turned out SO well!

The mantel was a challenge to say the least. My rather vague idea of what I thought I wanted ended up not really working out at all (except for the lanterns), but when I remembered that I had the “love has come to walk among us” poster, it started coming together quite nicely.

I even made a wreath out of some of the tree clippings to hang on the mirror.

I hope the rest of your Christmas season is filled with the love, joy, and peace of Christ, the promised One, Emmanuel, God with us.

To see more Christmas beauty, check out one of the following as well:

The Nester’s 2011 Christmas Tour of Homes

2011 Christmas Home Tours @ The Inspired Room

Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Party

Kelly’s Korner: Show Us Your Life – Christmas Tour of Homes


6 thoughts on “Christmastime is Here

  1. Kendra

    Ummm I wish I could see your house in person!! Love all the decorations!! Can you come to TX and decorate my house and bring B with you to make a skirt and stockings?! 😉

  2. Carole Huck

    Ahhh Emily…loved this blog!!! Your apartment is so inviting and oozes “warmth” and welcome. Love it that “things” are important to you….I know they don’t last but carry memories and that seems to awaken your enjoyment of them all. I’m having a difficult time trying to cram everything in as I decided to make some gifts at the last minute and there are too many still undone. But…trusting that whoever receives them will receive my love as well.
    “Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel ……”
    Appreciate your tender heart and sharing!
    Blessings and Merry Christmas!

  3. Barb

    Your decorating is fantastic- very warm! I especially love your tree skirt and your bokeh in the last shot! I had a semi-nap on the couch yesterday while listening to Jewel and Sara McLachlan- ahhh, now that’s slowing down!

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