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.
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 :>)