Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Decorations

I feel so disorganized this year. Normally, I put up all the decorations the same day we decorate the tree. However, that did not happen this year and it's taken me about a week and a half to get it done.

They are all up now and look so pretty. I never go crazy with the outside of the house. I do put up a wreath on each door but that's about it.

This year we have a live wreath that my neighbor gave me.
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I made a centerpiece.
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I love pulling out the different decorations each year because there is usually some special meaning with them.

Here is a manger that my sister-in-law brought back from Haiti years ago. It's hand carved.
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This is a manger that was handmade for my children when the boys were little. Some ladies from a church that supported our ministry in the city made it. All of the kids have enjoyed playing with it at one point or the other. Now that the boys are older, it's Emily who plays with it each year.
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Close-up.
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I love having a fireplace this year because I can decorate the mantle.
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I received a set of these angels last year.
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The best thing about this fireplace is that there are two sides of it so I have two mantles. :-)
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Dan bought this for me one year. Obviously it's missing the tea light.
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I'm not big into going all out with decorations but I do love the few, simple ones I have. I made a fire in the fireplace today and I'm starting to get into the Christmas spirit!