There is the outside, which usually gets treated with wreaths and greens and ribbons.
Even the powder room gets something...
I must confess when it comes to our decorations we are hopeless sentimentalists...We love the old ornaments, which get re-used every year with glee. To proof my point see here last year's decorations!
And this year:
The same bows and ribbons we have had for years and every year we add some ornaments, actually as a collection for our children to take along, once they will leave the nest to have Christmas trees of their own...But we love our tree, fresh and full of forest aromas.
I set up my German Erzgebirge Pyramide, smoking man and nutcrackers, candles and evergreens, my mother's wonderfully embroidered table runner and many small pieces which carry memories from Christmas past!
There is nothing we like better than to gather on cold evenings around the fireplace, dream up travel destinations, plans for winter fun, read the novels, we have put on hold during the shopping trips of late. Our dog sleeps and barks in his dreams on the cowhide and we nibble and taste the holiday treats.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good fortune will put on some pounds at Christmas time....an his lovely better half as well!
Between our Polish - German culinary heritage is simply too much good food to be ignored! There are many must haves during these next weeks and come January we will be good and reluctantly return to a way more responsible habit of feeding ourselves.
I am off now to have tea and cookies!
All pictures by V.Zlotkowski