Now, let's move on (or maybe it should be back) with a look at some of my Christmas decorating for 2020. It was quite simple, but I tweaked a few things this year and had fun with it.
See my vintage Santa mug at the center of the top shelf? I found a box of six of them in the clean-out at my childhood home. I believe them to be the Santa mugs that were used at the "kids' table" at the farmhouse Christmases of my childhood. How to divide these? My mother had five siblings and each had a family. I solved the division problem by giving one mug to the oldest cousin in each family.
Oh, and that tiny red truck and camper was a Dollar Tree find. It was too cute to pass up.
I'll show you a few more tweaks as we go along.
Below is something new that I added this year. I've had this free "chalkboard" art for awhile and I think I framed it one year. (I have a folder full of printed out artwork and just rotate it in and out of frames seasonally.)
This year I thought it would be fun to hang some "brightly shining" stars above it. I made these nearly two decades ago and had so much fun doing
it. Basically, you cut shapes like snowflakes, stars, or whatever you
like out of watercolor paper. It needs to be a good heavy paper. Then
you brush one side of each shape with a white glue and water mixture and
sprinkle heavily with clear glitter. When it's dry, you turn it over
and do the other side the same way. The tops of the ornaments, when completely dry, can be pierced with a needle and white or silver thread to knot for a hanger. Here's the link if you want to try making some: Winter White Glitter Ornaments
I am surprised but pleased that these ornaments have held up so well over time. I keep them in a zip-top plastic bag inside of a box in the attic, where temperatures are variable and things tend to get damp because of the cold winters. Yet these ornaments look just as nice now as the day I made them.
Those black and white dishes, if you are interested. I've added a tapestry placemat, a Christmas milk bottle and cookie recipe, a vintage cardinal salt shaker, a vintage jadeite mug, and a Christmas game.
Christmas shadow box on the tip-top shelf of the hutch. Usually I put a couple of Christmasy candles in holders on this shelf, too, but this year I left my jadeite teacups in place and stuck a silver bottle brush tree in each one. Another 2020 tweak ...
In early December I augmented the silk ivy with some pine and fir sprigs from around our yard. I added some faux red berries and stuck in a couple of gold snowflakes, keeping some American flags in place as well. It's a little quirky I guess, but a look I really like.
Yes -- it's been a simple decorating year, but also one in which I got a great deal of enjoyment out of our decorating. I've loved seeing others enjoy it too. Happy New Year, everyone!