We are officially ready for Christmas. We cranked up the Christmas tunes, munched on some queso, and sipped some Gluwein as we unloaded the tubs full of our Christmas stuff.
After we brought everything up from the basement, I tried to sort out what I had.
This the Santa pile. I just love this old man. I like to collect Santa’s from every culture. Some people collect angels or snowmen. For me, it is all about the man in the red suit.
Tree decorations. Our tree this year is the smallest one we have ever had. Not sure why, but it is. I understand why people have more than one tree. After we trimmed our tree, I had a lot of ornaments left over. Since this is our first Christmas in this house, I am getting the feel of where and how Christmas will go and look. I am learning so much! In fact daily, I am moving things around.
It was fun getting out our Christmas life. Each evening after work, I turn on the lights and light the candles. With my glass of wine in hand, I simply enjoy the scents and sounds of our home. Life is so good!
Have a wonderful weekend! We are off to another Christmas market and to finish our last bit of shopping.
It is hump day and I am already thinking about the weekend. Why? It is the weekend we will hit our first Christmas market of the season, decorate the house, and put up our tree.
As with all families we have a certain way we celebrate the season. We turn on the Christmas music, make chili con queso, heat up the Gluwein, and bring out the decorations. Since we are in a new house it will be about finding the perfect fit for our things.
It is fun opening up the bins each year. We start talking about years gone by. Memories are such a wonderful thing.
Trimming the tree is my favorite part. With a mug of mulled wine, Gluwein in German, reliving each place we have visited as I place an ornament on the tree. Hubby thinks he is done after we put the lights on. He switches to supervisor mode.
It is a special weekend that we share each year. I cannot wait to add to it. These traditions are the treasured moments that makes life just amazing.
Madrid picture update….
As you know during the week Hubby and I live in two places (sad, I know!). To make a long story short, Hubby has the camera. I will have to wait until next week to share. Urggggg… However, I will give you a sneak peek tomorrow of some of the Spanish goods I ‘acquired’ along the way!
Happy Hump Day everybody!
I love the holidays just like the next person. Right now I am focused on my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. When I walk into a store however, I am bombarded with Christmas music and decorations. Why?
I loved going into German stores in November’s past. No Christmas until December. Most Germans still put their tree up on Christmas Eve.
I do not know what has happened. Holiday decorations are everywhere! Why?
I will be ready for Christmas 1 December. I am one that enjoys savoring the holidays. One at a time. Am I normal? Ok, do not answer that….
Thanksgiving is a time to look around to see what treasures we have in life. A time where we share our appreciation for what we have been given and what we have not.
I will remain a traditionalist. I will celebrate the holidays one at a time. Why not!
So here we are on the eve of Christmas. Anticipation, eagerness, and laughter is probably ringing through rooms everywhere.
Here, Christmas music is playing and is heard throughout the house. On Christmas Eve we are pretty low key. We will be feasting on tortilla soup, enchiladas, and topping it off with fried ice cream. This is the same menu that has served us well for over 20 years! Aw… Tradition, don’t you love it!
Our table is all decked out for our traditional dinner.
I just love my Christmas dishes. Treats from a factory here in Germany. They are simple, classic, and festive!
Topped with our friends, we have our canvas for the delicious food!
Cannot have a table setting without the crystal.
I leave you with the best wishes for a magical holiday! I will back next week with details on our trip to Barcelona!
Every year for Christmas in lieu of buying presents, Hubby and I plan a trip. It has to be somewhere we have never been. We toss around ideas for months and finally settle on the destination the beginning of December!
Any guesses as to where we are headed Christmas afternoon?
Yes, Barcelona!!! Tapas, wine, sun, relaxing….. That is on the agenda!
Does not get much better,
Happy Hump Day!
Today we will visit what we affectionately call the fireplace room. We just love hanging out in here with a fire glowing in the hearth. Great books, wine, and conversation. Ah… Family life!
Simple greenery and bits of holly adds a taste of the season.
Our windows are aglow with these lovely scenes.
The guy that started my Santa love! Isn’t it fun?
Love my nutcracker!
These come in handy!
Just a basket full of red and silver color.
Good stuff. Coming home at this time of year is a special treat.
I do not know of any other time of the year where your house is transformed into a magical place. Okay, for those two seconds after you have cleaned it…
Christmas is about tradition. It is about your family. It is about realizing what the season is really here for. Toting up the bins that hold our Christmas treasures is not a task. It is a trip down memory lane. It is unwrapping a piece of personal history.
When it comes to decorating in our house it all about the man, Santa. I love Santa. He is the cornerstone of our home for these few weeks!
Welcome to our home!
I have several of these sleds. In our dining room this just greets us with a homey feeling.
Just love this platter next to the balls.
I used an old cake stand for the display.
Santa’s in the kitchen.
On our bench that is in the entry way, seasonal pillows and some very old wooden ice skates greet our guest.
An old vase is the centerpiece of just adding color.
You cannot forget the literature.
Several years ago I feel in love with Russian painted Santa’s. I currently only have a few. They are just beautiful. I cannot imagine the time it took for the details!
We are enjoying just dimming the lights and watching the season glow.
I will be back tomorrow with part two.
This weekend we will go Christmas tree hunting. We will not be dancing around the tree to make sure that it is perfect. That is not our thing. I love going into lots and cruising the make shift aisles of trees. It reminds me of people, all different shapes and sizes, but oh so loveable! I love tall trees that are full. I know when they are in the house, the scent is enjoyed everywhere! I can spend many happy moments staring at a beautifully decorated tree. The lights, the reflections of the branches, and the different colors mingle together to bring warmth and coziness to a home for a couple of weeks at the end of the year.
Sunday evening we will turn up the Christmas music loud and a mug of gluwein will be in hand as we open up our lives once again to hang on the tree. Doesn’t that sound perfect???
Next week, will be devoted to decorations. Come back to see our house tour of Christmas!
Happy weekend everyone!
The first Advent was on Sunday. Every single year that we have lived in Germany, we had always bought an Advent wreath. This year I wanted to make my own. I wish I would have done it before!!! It was easy, fun and very affordable. All very good things indeed.
First, the form I used.
On a shopping trip in April, I found this perfect piece. I am not sure what it was meant for, but it is now the foundation of our Advent wreath. I picked this up on the sale table for 5€ or about seven bucks.
Next the greenery. On Saturday while our weekly trip to the city recycling place, I picked up these branches for free!!! Have I ever told you I just love that place!
Moving on to the color. I did have to pay for the holly branches. Another five euros.
I took the branches and fit them around the candle holders.
With that done, I added the twigs of holly I cut off.
I threw in a couple of pinecones. I really like the look.
The final product is perfect for our table.
Yea!!!! Now I have to get the rest of our house Christmas ready!!
I am up for the challenge!