I did get back my Christmas Rules from the framer and have it hanging in my foyer - the last thing framed in 2011. I wanted a red frame but couldn't find anything that matched so I ended up with a lime green shade. So happy to have it hanging for Christmas - now I'm all set to start "Halloween Rules" in January!
I'm so glad i did all my decorating Thanksgiving weekend as I got sick with bronchitis the following week. I ended up at the doctor and been on antibiotics and inhalers but thankfully I'm doing better now. I just have only a couple of Christmas presents left to pick up this week and I"m getting ready to host a small dinner party on Friday night with friends.
We put up 2 medium-sized trees in our house - I got rid of my giant artificial tree a few years ago as it was just too much work and since it wasn't pre-lit it took so much time putting the 1200 lights on every year! These trees are pre-lit and go up so quick and easy. Here's some photos of my decorating....I've got way too much Christmas stuff! I can't even put it all out - I've got several Christmas quilts and a lot of cross-stitch pieces all over the house...little holiday vignettes every place I can fit them in. I swapped out a few things from my little 'sampler wall' and replaced other pieces on my walls with Christmas items. I don't like to make a lot of new nail holes just for Christmas :). I also pulled out 2 boxes of old Christmas items and took them over to Goodwill - you can't keep adding more every year without weeding out a few old items now and then.
I started working on "Jingle All the Way" this weekend by The Scarlett House. It's a quick stitch and I hope to have it finished and displayed in a couple of days. I didn't have the mahogany threads called for nor could I find the called-for color or rick-rack so I'm doing mine with red lettering. I just love this linen color - it's Weeks Dye Works "scuppernong".
I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season!! I'll leave you today with our Christmas card photo - Merry Christmas from my family to yours!