I Heart Christmas

After a busy few weeks, I finally took my camera out to capture the Christmas decorations around the house.  It is a fun time to use my Lensbaby, and normally it’s the lights on the tree that work best with the creative aperture kit.  When I aimed my camera at this pompom tree, though, I got a pleasant surprise.

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Christmas in November

christmas-balls

December 1st is usually the earliest I will decorate. But the kids have been bugging so yesterday we took advantage of the nice weather to put out the outdoor Christmas decorations.

I started off feeling grumbly about digging through buckets and cranky about tangled wires. In spite of myself, though, I quickly began to enjoy the task. Snowmen stand on the front porch, lights are strung from the back pergola, and crinkly Christmas ribbon is tied in big bows around the house.

The festive feeling has arrived.

Made by Hand

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At a craft fair on the weekend, we spotted an adorable rustic snowman and contemplated buying it.

“We can make that at home,” my son said.

And they did. My husband made me two square snowmen using old wood we had lying around. Then, my daughter made these (above). And my son made me a sign with an arrow to the North Pole.

These handmade gifts hold more meaning than any we could have bought.