This year as I had many Christmas reflections from Christmas past to Christmas present. In these reflections I thought about how Christmas can be a very hard time of year for many people. I know this has been true for me on different occasions. For me, it has primarily been due to life events such as the loss of a loved one. Christmas should be a celebration, a time when we rejoice because our Saviour was born. Yet with commercialism (and we are a part of that in our business), it can become something completely different for many. And even more so if faith is not a part of your life.
Honestly, I was dreading Christmas this year. December 2016 was the busiest month we have ever had in terms of custom orders (yes, a good problem to have but also exhausting!). When we completed our last Christmas order on December 17th, I was ready to crash. Then I was asked to host Christmas for our family, I said yes and went into self-destruct mode. I dragged my feet about it and then finally decided my house needed to be perfect because I do sell home decor you know! At this point, I got busy!
Dining Table Redesign!
Our dining table is an antique oak table from Cody’s family’s ranch. He inherited it from his grandmother. It came with a set of chairs we weren’t in love with so we kept a few and, over the years, have acquired a mismatched set of antique chairs to go with them. We debated refinishing the table for a couple of years and, if we refinished it, what to do. A few months ago we finally made the decision, but with holiday shows and custom orders, I knew it was going to be a while before I would be able to tackle it. Once we finished up our orders (and after our 3.5 year old took marker to the table top!), I decided it was time to make the table gorgeous since we were hosting. I am in LOVE with how it turned out and so is Cody!
Please ignore that I did not stage my kitchen. Let’s keep it real, we live here! We painted the base in Flour Sack by Sweet Pickins Milk Paint. I stained the top in Antique Oak by General Finishes. We recently picked up two captains chairs which we painted in Haberdash by Sweet Pickins and then we painted two of the other chairs in Lovebug by Sweet Pickins. Having everything painted isn’t our style so we kept 4 of the chairs wood, making it half wood stained and half painted. You can find all of these paint colors and more here.
Christmas Table Scape
Next up in 2017 will be a new rug! I love the color of the table top in Antique Oak! It keeps it oak but has a grey undertone instead of a gold undertone like most oak.
Once I had the table done and all set for Christmas, my grumbling about hosting definitely stopped! I was in love! I bought these inexpensive placemats at Target only to get home and find out I had actually gotten table runners. So I improvised and used them across the table. I think it looks even better than if I had tried to cram placemats all around. I went on Pinterest and found some ideas for placecards and silverware holders. So simple! Mini stockings and candy canes from the dollar store coupled beautifully with the Royal Ruby antique glass I have been collecting since I was 12 years old. A fresh 10″ wreath as a centerpiece and perfection!
Christmas Decor Love
While I am in love with our new table and the tablescape, I did I have other home decor that is so meaningful because it all came from love. And those gifts of love are a true celebration! Each year when I put them up, they bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.
My mom made us two of these stockings when we were first married and then, when our oldest was born, she made us two more to match. I threw together the C & G stockings for our two dogs. I love our handmade stockings! My mom is an amazing seamstress and so creative with quilts and fabric.
My mom also made our tree skirt. It’s quilted and tells the Christmas story, perfection! Beautiful! The teddy she made me many years ago and I love putting it out every year. A small tree packed with handmade and meaningful ornaments. While I wanted my house to be beautiful to host Christmas, I also wanted it to be a reflection of us and not something from a magazine. I feel we had a beautiful, comfy, and cozy Christmas space. It was perfect!
I know that this is so tacky but I love “A Christmas Story”! It is my favorite Christmas movie thus, even in all of it’s tackiness, it is a perfect fit with all of our other Christmas decor.
As I continue with Christmas reflections, I think one of the best parts this year was new traditions were born. My mom and I decided we needed to have some fun on Christmas Eve. We rented a limo to go look at lights after Christmas Eve worship. It was perfect! After a nice service at Timberline Windsor where my cousin, John, is the pastor and preached, we took our limo ride with a sack dinner of sandwiches, homemade cookies, and tasty adult beverages. We listened to Christmas music and laughed and laughed! Thank you to our driver, Kurt, and Longest Limos for a great ride!
While refinishing our table brought me joy, these experiences with our family are what Christmas is about. Celebrating Christ’s birth in a fun and meaningful way!
Christmas Day Joy
While I grumbled about hosting Christmas Day, it was the best and now I want to host every year! We had a lot of fun with our family and watching our young girls be so into Christmas this year was AMAZING. From Elf on the Shelf to Christmas lights to talking and reading about Jesus’s Birthday, there was so much joy.
Family Fun – check!
Celebrating Christ’s Birth – check!
New Traditions – check!
Gorgeous Home Decor – Bonus!
Here is to many more Christmases filled with joy! Here is to a wonderful 2017!