Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas From the Heart of the Home

This weekend is my favorite weekend of the whole year.  Not only do I get to celebrate Thanksgiving but I also get to bring out the Christmas decor.  This morning it is snowing ever so lightly and I am taking full advantage of the holiday spirit.  I found this Susan Branch Christmas from the Heart of the Home book at a thrift store years ago.  I like to re-read it every year and I started it just this morning.
I am sitting in my comfy chair, sipping on a nice hot mug of peppermint hot chocolate.  I've got my little silver tree lit up beside me and I am in my Christmas PJ's.   And of course, the Christmas music is playing in the background.
Across the room from where I sit is this magical scene.  My beautiful mantle is decorated in Christmas colors and our tree is all lit up and decorated.  I decided to use all of my ornaments this year and have a colorful tree.  Most of the ornaments on my tree were made for me by my grandma.  Since this is our first Christmas without her, these ornaments mean even more to me.   
I am picking out which things from this book I will try out this year.  I absolutely adore this book and all the wonderful ideas she has.  The illustrations and stories just add to the merriment of it.  There are recipes for appetizers, drinks, side dishes, main dishes, desserts and even a recipe for the dogs too!  I am so glad I found this book and bought it.  It has quickly become a tradition that I love and will continue! 
I am truly in the Christmas spirit already and am looking forward to the holidays this year.  I have a few things on my bucket list that I can't wait to check off!  I have a good head start and have so much more to do.  Good thing I have an amazing husband who lets me do some crazy things and goes along with all of my wild ideas! 
I hope you are getting in the Christmas spirit too!

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12 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Trisha- Your room looks gorgeous with your mantle all decorated. The tree is lovely- and how wonderful that you have so many ornaments to remember your grandmother -and to think she made many of them makes them all the more special.

Sounds like you have a good head start on the holiday. At least I got the outside done (mostly) today. Hope to get more done inside this week. xo Diana

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Very beautiful and cozy room. Your Christmas tree is so pretty. I like that you have a book that gives you ideas on what you'll try out for the holiday season. Enjoy the holiday season, I'm still in the middle of decorating and it's making me crazy!!

Mindy Whipple said...

A cozy chair with a steaming mug of peppermint hot chocolate - what joy! You are off to a great start to the Holiday season. I hope to start decorating very soon!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Trisha, your SB book sounds like a delightful read. I'm certain it is filled with wonderful photos and ideas. Your Christmas tree is precious with all your grandmother's ornaments on it. What a memory tree you have. Each time you look at it, it will remind you of your sweet grandmother. Priceless! Pretty mantel display too. Thanks so much for sharing with us and joining me again this week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Karen Del Tatto said...

I enjoyed this post so much!!

The book you are reading looks perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit!

Your tree is beautiful. What a wonderful 'ode to your grandmother.

Thank you for sharing your Christmas spirit with all of us. :-)

Stephanie said...

Such a delightful post, my friend. How I would lvoe to join you for a cup of peppermint hot cocoa :) And your tree is ever so lovely! Indeed, you are off to the perfect start for this wonderful holiday season.

Thank you for sharing your loveliness with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love your Christmas tree, so pretty.
Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Laurie said...

I love that your tree can bring back those special memories of Christmas with your Grandmother. Your tree is beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday season. Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It!
~Laurie

Christine said...

We love so much of the same things this time of the year! I love it and you decorating is so pretty!
Have fun organising and preparing!

Jann Olson said...

Trisha, I love this time of year as well! Your tree is beautiful and the entire corner looks so cozy. How wonderful to have those ornaments made by your grandmother! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Jessica Pelasky said...

This looks SO great!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Art and Sand said...

This time of year is so wonderfully special. I set out all my decorations a week ago and have had fun tweaking and playing ever since.