Decorating for Christmas 

You all do it but it’s a job, isn’t it?  Turning your everyday home into  Christmas wonderland for about 30 days.  Here’s where I’m at today and I haven’t stared hanging the quilts or putting up the tree!

When I finish I promise to take pictures and post them if you guys will promise to take some home dec pictures and I’ll post them, too, as I receive them.  I think it will be fun to see what others do in their homes.

And I have to post this blooming succulent – you know how much I love it when they bloom and this one was a small “start” that my friend Jane sent in the mail 2 years ago. Mot has hardly grown and all of a sudden it bloomed – ha!  Such fun! 

Tuesday was Lavohn’s funeral and it was very nice – the music was especially nice, the soloist was wonderful.  Every time I drive through Garner, I think about stopping to see Lavohn.

Seems quiet without any extra dogs here but I am enjoying my Christmas decorating.  Send me your home dec Christmas pictures so we can all enjoy them.

20 thoughts on “Decorating for Christmas 

  1. Carol

    If I sent you a photo of my guest room, where the wrapping takes place …you would faint! I can make a mess of a beautiful room very quickly!

  2. Carol

    I am glad you shared the “before” picture….nice to be real and not pretend that it all just magically happens….it is a lot of work! Love, all the red quilts, they are my fav!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Pj – got them- now I have to figure out messenger tho because I have never used it.

  3. Felicia Hamlin

    Holly buckets Mary, that is a gorgeous, beautiful bloom and so Christmassy! I love it. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy all your posts.


  4. Cindie

    Well, you hit the nail on the head. Here I am pushing furniture around – for 30 days???????

    Ho Ho Ho !

  5. Holly

    I’m going to tackle the Christmas decorating today, too, and you’re right, it’s a job. And like Cindie said, for 30 days??? We must all go a little bit Christmas crazy, but it looks so pretty. When my kids got older and knew the real scoop about Santa, I told them, yes, there is a Santa and you’re looking at her. If I’m doing all the decorating, baking, cooking, shopping and wrapping, I’m making Christmas, which makes me Santa. I’ll bet most of you are the Santa in your house, too.

    I love the cactus flower–so beautiful! It’s amazing how such a plain little plant can produce such a stunning display. It makes me think of the dowdy woman who takes off her Marion the Librarian glasses, takes the bun out of her hair, shakes her hair out, and presto, she’s a knockout. That’s a cactus for you!

  6. Launa

    Mary, I was thinking of your huge red ball decoration you showed last year. Been slowly doing some things with Christmas quilts and decorating here and there. It all takes time.

    Your cactus blooms are just awesome. Thanks for sharing….I’m off to vacuum the path thru sewing room to Bernina. I’m sewing along with Sheryl from Temecula Quilt Co as she posts a wee block each day for 12 days. Small things seem to get finished around here.

    Stay warm…loved seeing your snow!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Millie – I’m not sure what it is except beautiful. Mine was also a gift.

  7. Starrla Opferman

    I love your blooming succulents. I have a room with lots of windows and filled with plants (several that I bring in for the winter). I don’t know how I’d get through the winter looking outside at my sleeping flower beds without the blooms I have indoors. I found mandavellas on sale at the end of the season and bought a white and pink. The white hasn’t stopped blooming I guess the pink is taking a rest right now. The geraniums, african violets and Christmas cactus are all blooming.

  8. Beryl Hoff

    I love to see the succulents in bloom. the flowers look almost like wax. My Christmas is blooming, it started a bit early, I think. My plant has two colors on it!! One is the orange color that is pretty tradition, I think. The other is a very soft pink, nearly white…I love it and was so surprised when it bloomed the first time! Sometimes this plant blooms 3 times a year, others twice. I love them.
    Thanks for sharing. I probably won’t decorate much…I live alone, won’t have people here and I will be moving about the end of January so don’t need to get more stuff out!! Next year I will! My puppies don’t know the difference! Christmas music is on all the time and I go to family for the day. A day to celebrate the birth of our Savior!
    Thanks again for your posts, I am glad there are people like you who can take care of so many pets at a time! It looks like they all know they are loved and seem to get along with each other pretty well!

  9. Diane

    HI Mary–You are getting there. I love the cacti–soooo pretty. I’ll bet your home is a warm, friendly home all the time and just gets better at Christmas.
    I started Friday and am not finished yet. We host the Neighborhood Party–this is #11!! We moved in on Aug. 8, 2005 and hosted in Dec. No one had ever done it before and they loved it so much that we’ve just kept going!! The first couple years we did it all, but now everyone brings something; plus, there were only 8 houses then, now there are 14!! It’s fun.

  10. Betty Klosterman

    Love your blooming cactus. They sure do themselves proud from such humble beginnings.

    As for Santa Claus. That is another story. Many years ago when I taught beginning sewing at the local Girls Club, the subject of Santa Claus came up and I told them what I believe. Yes, I do believe in Santa. He is not a man who dresses up and delivers presents. He is an idea, a wonderful idea of giving to others and making the little kids and everybody else happy. They all went home happy and I never heard from their parents.

    Did you get much snow? Even the weatherman was shocked when we got up Tuesday morning. There was supposed to be only 2-3.” There was more, but we do need the moisture and it will be gone with our 50 degree days. There was a lot more snow around us.

    Can’t wait to see Christmas at your house.

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