First thing in the morning when I come down the stairs for a cuppa hot tea I round the stairwell post and pass in front of my favorite room in our entire home, our dining room.
We gather together as a family and share meals, birthdays and holiday celebrations in this room. When we first purchased our home in 1992 it was our formal living room. But, once our children married and our family began to grow we no longer felt we needed a room no one ever actually sat it. If you'd like to take a peek at how she was transformed just click HERE...
We have tentative plans to open up the wall the china cabinet is on. This will mean some rearranging of furniture, but it will open up the space making it less congested in our entryway when lots of people are visiting... I love the idea, but it took a bit of time and me yappin' it up to convince my Mr. AGPMan it would look gorgeous! I'm thinkin' he was thinking "it looks like allota WORK to me!" :)
This year I changed things up just a little. I moved the larger Christmas Tree (the new one I just bought at SAM'S CLUB) to the far corner and moved the smaller one closer to the the French Doors. I actually love the change as our new Tree is bigger than the one we had to toss out last year. Our new slimline would have stuck out too far and would have been in the walk-way...
I can get ten people around this table in a pinch. If we have more guests (and we have!) my Mr. AGPMan made a removable table top that is larger out of plywood and with a little bit of adjusting we can seat up to twelve in this room! It's covered up with a tablecloth and no one ever knows...
Found a spot for that new Joyeux NOEL Pillow I finished up last week. I'm sure before the Season is over it will be moved around at least twenty times!
I try and use fresh flowers for our Christmas centerpiece or a grouping of tall candles. For now this simple tree with the pink and silver bulbs will have to do...
When my son was a baby one of my ceramic-loving-friends made me these gorgeous white Christmas Tree Napkin Rings. She had a set made up in bright green and she thought I was NUTS when I told her I wanted mine white. That was Christmas 1982 and I've never once regretted choosing the color as it goes with everything! Over the years I dropped one of the Trees and snapped off the tip. :( A little glue and a bit of spot-painting and no one has ever noticed it was once broken.
MY PINK CHRISTMAS TREE
Proudly dressed in glitter and lace
Shimmering pink she takes her place
Ribbons and Roses, she's clothed to the nines
Filling the room with the fragrance of pine
Bedazzled with ornaments
Twinkling and bright
She shines through the darkness
A beacon of Light
Her memories of love
She stands representing
The One from above
For all of her beauty
For all that we see
If not for the MIRACLE
She'd just be a Tree
(c) Rebecca S. Nelson/2009
And there you have a peek at some of our Christmas decor for 2011! I'll be sharing more of our home soon!
Blessings as you continue to celebrate the miracle!
Love to you...