Hello, Everyone! It’s great to finally be back with you, and especially for this particular post! Since the time I planned to feature the process of decorating this tree I’ve encountered a series of events that seemed to be designed to prevent me from completing the tree. Also, my Mom’s experiences with Alzheimer’s (I am her 24/7 daily caregiver) require a lot of my attention. I am happy to say that I have persevered and have photos of the tree decorating process to share with you. Now, I have to choose the photos, ‘brand’ them and add descriptions of what you’re viewing. I may add all of the photos in this post or I may share them in several posts; I’m still deciding. So, with Alzheimer’s episodes being what they are, some or all of the photos could be added later this evening. Thank-you for following, stopping by and enjoying this blog! I am looking forward to sharing these photos with you all! I hope you all have been enjoying December, so far and that you experience Christmas in your heart every day.
Hello, Everyone! We are eleven days into November! I hope you’ve been enjoying November, so far. Today’s post features photos of a wreath I styled with a deer theme and wine, green, white and gold colors; traditional colors. Some of my favorite items of this wreath are:
- the white ruffle-top ornaments
- the deer ornaments
- wine velvet ribbon w/ gold beads
Thank-you for stopping by and come again, soon!
Hello, Everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying November, so far. Today’s post features images of a rather voluptuous wreath I styled in non-traditional colors of Turquoise, Chartreuse and Gold. It is one of my favorite styling projects. My favorite ornaments on this wreath are:
- the hot air balloon
- the jewel glitter-covered bulb
- the gold snowflakes
- the turquoise snowflakes
- the turquoise bulb
Some of the other features that are my favorites are the snowflake-covered ribbon and each of the chartreuse ornaments. This wreath does have lights woven throughout the wreath, yet its beauty is most obvious with spot-lighting illuminating it from the front, as well. You will be able to notice this in the photographs, below. Illuminating your back-lit wreaths from the front with a spot-light or two will really show off the wreath’s beauty!
Good Day, Everyone! Today’s post will be part of a series featuring the decorating process of a Christmas tree. The ornamentation for this tree decorating project includes, metallic, plush, mesh, paper, fabric, satin and glass. I know that sounds like an eclectic mix. This eclectic mix is gorgeous when all are combined in a beautiful way. I am looking forward to sharing this process with you all. I’m starting out with photos of the ornaments I’ve planned to use for this project, so far. I hope to share the first photos of this process with you this week!
Now, it’s November 1, 2018 and the delays in getting these initial photos were unexpected (caregiver overload) and sort-of wacky (wrong email address via new phone). Finally, the first photos are below and I think the initial name I will give to this eclectic ornament collection is Luxe Country Woodland. Of course, this name may change in the posts to come. At last, here they are!
Vignette Total View
Hello, Everyone! Today’s images feature the beautiful Christmas decor vignette created by Hydrangea Home. For me, this display is blissful to view. Just like snow falling gently to the ground (or other objects above the ground), this vignette is “quietly-beautiful”:
- each piece is beautiful,
- each piece compliments the other
- the color palette is soft and gentle; peace-inducing
- the overall effect is soothing and de-stressing
This is a Christmas decor vignette that’s great for the primary foyer or primary entrance to your home, so that it’s part of your de-stressing routine as you enter. Enjoy and be sure to visit Hydrangea Home to view much more of their beautiful creations!
Hello, Everyone! Today’s gorgeous Christmas tree is styled by Craftsberry Bush (“Well done!”). I discovered this gorgeous beauty while perusing an article at Elle Decor (“Thanks for sharing this beauty!”). I agree with their statement about this vignette being a wintery wonderland of white walls, an abundance of faux snow and the white tree’s ‘dressing’. With such an attractive mixture of white as the base color, the bright rouge-red accents make this Christmas Decor vignette eye-catchingly exquisite! This is beautiful Christmas Decor Styling/Staging! Some of my favorite features of this vignette are:
- the plumpness of the tree thanks to the ornaments, sprigs & more
- the placement of gifts
- the choice of gift wrapping paper
- the teddy bear
- the selection of pine cones
- the placement of the stockings on the fireplace mantle
- the sprigs of greenery cascading over the stockings on the fireplace
To date, this is the prettiest snowy white Christmas tree styling I’ve seen in photographs. Again, I say, “Well done!”.
Hello, Everyone! I hope you all have enjoyed a delightful Summer! I know you all have ‘Christmas’ in your hearts all year and I thought you would enjoy seeing various scenes of Christ’s Nativity. So, below I’ve included several of those beautiful scenes. Additionally, I’m sharing details about His Nativity and the scenes depicting it courtesy of Wikipedia.
The nativity of Jesus or birth of Jesus is described in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. The two accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the time of Herod the Great, that his mother Mary was married to Joseph, who was of Davidic descent and was not his biological father, and that his birth was effected by divine intervention, but the two gospels agree on little else. Matthew does not mention the census, annunciation to the shepherds or presentation in the Temple, and does not give the name of the angel that appeared to Joseph to foretell the birth. In Luke there is no mention of Magi, no flight into Egypt, or Massacre of the Innocents, and the angel who announces the coming birth to Mary is named (as Gabriel).
The consensus of scholars is that both gospels were written about AD 75-85, and while it is possible that Matthew’s account might be based on Luke, or Luke’s on Matthew, the majority conclusion is that the two are independent of each other.
In Christian theology the nativity marks the birth of Jesus in fulfillment of the divine will of God, to save the world from sin. The artistic depiction of the nativity has been an important subject for Christian artists since the 4th century. Since the 13th century, the nativity scene has emphasized the humility of Jesus and promoted a more tender image of him, as a major turning point from the early “Lord and Master” image, mirroring changes in the common approaches taken by Christian pastoral ministry.
The nativity plays a major role in the Christian liturgical year. Christian congregations of the Western tradition (including the Catholic Church, the Western Rite Orthodox, the Anglican Communion, and many Protestants) begin observing the season of Advent four Sundays before Christmas, the traditional feast-day of his birth, which falls on December 25.
Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Oriental Orthodox Church observe a similar season, sometimes called Advent but also called the “Nativity Fast”, which begins forty days before Christmas. Some Eastern Orthodox Christians (e.g. Greeks and Syrians) celebrate Christmas on December 25. Other Orthodox (e.g. Copts, Ethiopians, Georgians, and Russians) celebrate Christmas on (the Gregorian) January 7 (Koiak 29 on coptic calendar) as a result of their churches continuing to follow the Julian calendar, rather than the modern day Gregorian calendar.
In the Christian tradition, a nativity scene (also known as a manger scene, crib, crèche (/krɛʃ/or /kreɪʃ/, or in Italian presepio or presepe) is the special exhibition, particularly during the Christmas season, of art objects representing the birth of Jesus. While the term “nativity scene” may be used of any representation of the very common subject of the Nativity of Jesus in art, it has a more specialized sense referring to seasonal displays, either using model figures in a setting or reenactments called “living nativity scenes” (tableau vivant) in which real humans and animals participate. Nativity scenes exhibit figures representing the infant Jesus, his mother, Mary, and her husband, Joseph.
Other characters from the nativity story, such as shepherds, sheep, and angels may be displayed near the manger in a barn (or cave) intended to accommodate farm animals, as described in the Gospel of Luke. A donkey and an ox are typically depicted in the scene, and the Magi and their camels, described in the Gospel of Matthew, are also included. Several cultures add other characters and objects that may or may not be Biblical.
Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223 in order to cultivate the worship of Christ. He himself had recently been inspired by his visit to the Holy Land, where he’d been shown Jesus’s traditional birthplace. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar pantomimes.
Distinctive nativity scenes and traditions have been created around the world, and are displayed during the Christmas season in churches, homes, shopping malls, and other venues, and occasionally on public lands and in public buildings. Nativity scenes have not escaped controversy, and in the United States their inclusion on public lands or in public buildings has provoked court challenges.