Auld lang syne. Days gone by.
It’s that time…when we look ahead to a new year with anticipation, and look back on the last year, wondering where the time went and why it goes so fast. As we begin the traditional countdown of the final hours and minutes of 2012, here’s a quick peek back at the holiday season my family and I enjoyed here in middle Tennessee.
We took advantage of one of the last warm days of 2012 to put up our outdoor lights. It’s kind of weird to put up Christmas lights when it’s close to 70 degrees outside, but that’s life in the south.
As the sun began to set, the lights glowed, creating a pretty look from inside the porch…and from the yard, too.
Peeking inside, I decorated the dining room in a cool gray/white/blue scheme thanks to decorations from IKEA that I think blended nicely with plates and decorations I already had on hand. Even better, once the Christmas trees are tucked away, the rest of the decorations can hold their own until winter loosens its hold…which could be in a few days, or a few months.
The Christmas village grew by one house this year…one from “It’s a Wonderful Life” It’s behind the arbor and picket fence. Fortunately, I think this collection is limited by the size of this hutch. Unless I ever decide to tuck away the dishes and use the shelves for additional display space. Nooooooooo…….
The mantel this year was similar to last year’s, but I changed it up a little with a different garland and a woodsy theme. They’re hard to see in this picture, but a trio of beaded birch candles from Pottery Barn inspired a woodsy, rustic “Father Christmas” feel. I snagged the candles at a PB outlet last October, but if I had seen this DIY tutorial, I probably would have tried making my own for even cheaper.
On to the rest of the den. Kindly ignore the cords. (WHERE did they come from, anyway??? And how do I manage to overlook them every time I sit and watch TV? Corralling them is a sure-fire to-do for 2013.)
Instead, focus on the nutcrackers. Counting several others tucked in higher in the bookcase, there were 26 pairs of eyes staring at us every time we watched TV. Displaying them all together was kind of cool, kind of freaky, and a whole lot of overwhelming. Part of me says, “More nutcrackers!” The rest of me says that’s nutsy. We’ll see. I hear there’s a whole set of Wizard of Oz characters. That would be pretty neat, right? Anyhoo.
In the foreground is an oil-rubbed bronze trough filled with twine and twig balls (all scrounged from my attic), into which I nestled a trio of scented candles, another find on my fall trip to Atlanta and IKEA.
The tree this year was in the same spot as last year’s. The only real change (besides slipping in a few more ornaments) is the star on top. It’s a heavy paper star with a Scandinavian feel, also from….you guessed it: IKEA. I had been looking for something traditional like this for several years and latched onto it when I spotted it. And it was cheap, to boot. Yes, it *should* have had a light inside, but I kept forgetting to pick up the specific bulb it requires. Good thing it folds flat for storage. I’m sure I’ll remember to get a bulb for it next year.
And finally, my kitchen…and kitchen tree. I went on a baking and candy-making spree (some new recipes are coming soon), then bundled up plates to take to the neighbors before Christmas.
The kitchen tree is similar to last year’s, but with a few more Fiesta ornaments I snagged on clearance at Macy’s on our New York trip.
And that’s it. Thanks for strolling through our house and 2012 holiday memories with me. I hope your look back on auld lang syne is full of fond recollections, too. And may your hopes and wishes for the days ahead all come true.