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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like …

We got an inside and outside tree up the other day — funny how that has sparked my Christmas spirit. Yes, you read that correctly — we bought two real fir trees: one for inside and one to put on our deck. The one outside on our deck is the main outdoor lights we have but the main reason I wanted it there is because it’s visible from the living room, dining room, kitchen, and even our foyer. It’s a simple way to add more decor inside even though it’s outdoors. I don’t have a photo to show you yet of that outdoor tree. I’ll take one soon and post it later on.

I love the romantic and warm feel the lights on the inside tree give to a room. Oh and that aroma is intoxicating.

This evening I sat down and did all the Christmas cards that need to be mailed. I’ll do some up for those I hand deliver but I’ll wait until closer to Christmas for those ones. Since we’ve had so many changes in the past year, I also wrote a one-page ‘newsletter’ to tuck inside each of the cards. I always do a short handwritten note in the cards too but the newsletter was to help prevent writer’s cramp (from writing the same long update for all those cards)!

We don’t do much shopping for Christmas; we stopped doing that years ago. It makes the season much more meaningful and relaxed.
What about you? Are you in the spirit? What sorts of things do you love about this time of year?
(I love the house parties and gatherings — not to mention some of the yummy food.)

{Coming up next: a discussion about dinner parties.}

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Gabriele - December 5, 2012 - 2:46 am

Your decor looks magical. I am still making my easy artisan bread and I am doing two batches each time. One for us and one to give away. The first batch went to a dear pregnant friend. She clutched the bread to her chest and asked if she had to share. It was still warm, just out of the oven. This small decision is bringing the spirt of Christmas to my heart.

Frida - December 5, 2012 - 11:13 am

A very beautiful decor.

Candace - December 5, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Lovely shots, Diane. You’re almost getting me in the mood. It’s been almost 80 here everyday so it’s a little difficult. I have started my shopping–good for me–and bought the cards–also good but we haven’t decorated yet. I completed my 2nd work-related party today, 2 more to go. They’ve been nice so far but not Christmasy with this weather. Well, there’s still 19 days to go…

Staci Lee - December 6, 2012 - 10:07 am

I love the traditions and time with my family. Lovely holiday images.

Susan - December 6, 2012 - 6:06 pm

So happy to find your blog via Flickr. Your photos have put me in the spirit, so gorgeous!