Only a few more days until Christmas! I just wanted to share a few shots with you from our Christmas decorating night earlier this month and show you what our holiday home has looked like lately. Putting up the tree with Sinatra singing and hot chocolate in hand is always one of my favorite nights of the year and hanging pretty ornaments under soft Christmas light is so cathartic for some magical reason.
I love the 60’s Corvette Stingray light-up sign that I made for the mantel this year—it turned out just how I pictured it in my head! I still use a lot of the holiday DIYs that I’ve made in past years too like my gold leather stockings, kitty paw stockings, and diamond ornaments so it’s like bringing out old friends to mix in with some new goodies.
The peppermint schnapps is just for Todd, so don’t freak out ok!! I got extra whipped cream though… Belly shot! Finally found a cool manger scene that matches my decor—it’s harder to find than you’d think! I went to Israel for almost a month to complete my Master of Theology back in 2011 and while it’s amusing to point out all the theological inaccuracies in classic American Christmas manger scenes (well, amusing to Theology nerds that is), the memories of seeing first century Jewish homes are always fresh in my mind as I picture the first Christmas night. We have Todd’s ornaments from when he was a kid but I usually hang them on the fridge or display them somewhere else since they don’t match the tree scheme. Feels a little exclusive but my Mom is the sweetest lady on earth and she did (and still does) the same thing to us with our ornaments! All the ones made of popsicle sticks had a different holiday home for the season… We usually get a fun holiday ornament at our A Beautiful Mess Christmas party each year and this time I got a pink drill and Todd received a monkey playing video games—both perfect choices! Christmas decor is such a bright spot for me in the middle of winter. Can I leave all this up until summer? PLEASE??
Gorgeous! I love your big statement pieces instead of a clutter of mismash(like mine). Merry Christmas, Laura, Todd and baby!
OMG I have that manger scene too and you’re gonna laugh- my cat tried to eat Jesus (and is now missing somewhere in the house…) and knocked Joseph off our mantle and thus beheaded him… So much for a peaceful reminder of the reason for Christmas!!
YES! I knocked Joseph over too and his head is glued on as well!! No cats have stolen manger babies yet though…
Awhh! How Christmassy and festive! I’ve just started reading your blog today, Laura, and I’m really enjoying it. Congratulations on your pregnancy (you look so beautiful, by the way!).
I like your manger scene – very cool, and I chuckled about the inaccuracies in other scenes! haha!
Merry Christmas and lots of love to you & your family. 🙂
Aw, thank you! So glad to have you reading! Hope your holiday is going well!
Where is your tree from?!
MaTh?! I gotta hear about this… What seminary did u attend? I’m a proud theology nerd too 🙂
It was the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary actually. Theology nerds unite!