Monday, November 11, 2013

Let the Holidays Begin!

The newlyweds arrived Sunday morning feeling a bit under the weather from a stomach bug after driving all night from New Jersey.  I was able to point them to a comfy fresh bed in the guest room for a little rest, but oh, I am so happy to have the whole family under the cozy little roof of this cottage!
Brian was able to rally enough by afternoon to start preparation for the big family hunting trip at the family cabin up north. It's an annual event with all the men of our family cozying up in an extremely rustic cabin complete with wood stove and outhouse. They love it. They hunt and we send loads of food up with them for a nightly feast around the wood stove. This will be Brian's first trip and I think he would crawl there if he had to:>) We women plan a girls night, pampering and some chick flicks while they are gone.
 Yes, it's a bit early to start talking about Christmas, and I am usually not one to begin decorating for Christmas before celebrating Thanksgiving, but it feels like Christmas came early this year with my kids home! They leave the day after Thanksgiving and we won't be able to have Christmas day together, so we are having our little family Christmas early this year. I'm breaking out the decorations early, I may see if the boys will look for a little Christmas tree to cut and bring home from the cabin and there will be cookie baking and gift giving and all the things we love. 
Can't. wait.
And just so you know, I'm not one to follow trends. Burlap is pretty, but for me Christmas is about sparkles and glitter and light, so I made these sequined stockings for the shop. Lined in satin and backed with various metallic brocades, I think they'll reflect the candles, firelight and Christmas lights quite gloriously:>) 
Add a vintage rhinestone brooch for even more sparkle!
 I don't have a mantle, but we usually set the table Christmas morning with our prettiest dishes...
 and hang the stockings from the backs of the chairs or lay them beside the plates...
We always have breakfast and stockings before we open gifts.
There are a few sets of these in the shop if you want them.
Are you thinking of Christmas yet or totally focused on Thanksgiving?
This year for us seems like both holidays rolled into one :>)


  1. Skipping ahead to Christmas!

    The newlyweds are a beautiful couple! Hope you have fun with the family activities.



  2. PS. Loved all the goodies in your shop. I am wild over that sheep pillow!

  3. Wishing you and yours the very best of holidays! And the best of health during this time. We are thinking both Thanksgiving & Christmas in our house. They go hand in hand. Cards almost done and shopping is nearly completed. Then December is relaxed and just plain WONDERFUL!

  4. Kathy
    so glad your daughter and her hubby arrives safely!
    I've always arranged Christmas celebrations around whatever time my children could make it home. I'm always just thrilled if they can make it back. So go for it!
    A hunting trip with the guys sounds like a good initiation into the family for Brian:>)

  5. Have a really lovely time with your family!

  6. Everything sounds wonderful! I hope everyone is feeling better so they can enjoy all the fun. Have a great time, so, so happy for you!

  7. Enjoy every second with your family! I always think of this as the holiday season....Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! I love it!!! xoxo

  8. I'm so glad your family is home. Have a wonderful girlie time, making memories to last forever. Your Christmas plans sound wonderful. And those stocking are gorgeous - I'm not a burlap girl, either. I'm not a glitter-y, glitz-y gal but I know beauty when I see it and those are beautiful!

  9. Those stockings are beautiful and how pretty they will be set out for an early Christmas.. I usually try to wait until after Thanksgiving to start my Christmas decorating but I have friends coming by for a Christmas craft party so the decorations are coming out this week. Can't wait. Enjoy your time with your family.

  10. Those stockings are so beautiful Kathy! I am so glad you have your family all together for Thanksgiving.

  11. I can tell how happy and content you are. Enjoy these days with your family. Nothing wrong with starting the Christmas celebrating a little early. I always love the idea but have yet to let myself do it. I do start listening to Christmas early in October though!

  12. You might be the one to get me into the spirit!! I actually want to WEAR those stockings!
    I think your cutie daughter snagged a cutie guy! Look at him!!
    Where were we...
    oh, yes...thanks for stopping by my blog and my cousin's!!!
    I am jealous of your family gathering at the cabin. Sounds incredibly fun!

  13. I can hear the happiness! That stomach virus is going around. I know several people that have it or had it.

    Those stockings are so pretty!

    Have a wonderful time with your family!

  14. I have noticed that with Thanksgiving so late that there is some Christmas popping in early. It will here, too, because I am putting up the tree the day before Thanksgiving. It won't be decorated other than with lights for a couple of days, but that's just how it works. Sounds as if you have the most lovely reason of all to begin at home!

  15. Oh, what fun you are having, with all you kids around. Nothing like it in the world.
    I always put my tree up the day AFTER Christmas but I think I'll do as Vee...put up our little tree and just put lights on it thru Thanksgiving.
    I don't blame you...I'd want to have everything Christmasey for the kids, too. :)

  16. No better gift than having kids home even if it's not Christmas. I know you'll enjoy every minute.
    The sequined stockings are so cute. I haven't started thinking about Christmas at all :(

  17. Such a blessing to have the whole family together! We take it for granted until the kids start to leave the nest. Your stockings are so adorable! Mimi

  18. Gorgeous photos of your kids and the stockings. Hope all was well with your visit. You should come by and link up to the hop and share your post. You have such a pretty blog.


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