I admit it. I enjoy the tree even more after Christmas is over, during that little window before New Year's. We are, after all, waiting for the epiphany, so why not keep the decorations up a while more?
And here in Maine we've had loads of snow . . . with more predicted over the weekend. Time to light a fire, turn on the tree, and enjoy a bit more sparkle.
Here's a closeup of my pinecone garland. I showed you the wreath a while back, but the garland was fun to make, too. I wired cones to a long length of chain I found at the craft store, then I added keys from my ever-growing vintage key collection. Especially pretty are the brass ones, I think. I ended up loving this garland so much that I doubt I'll take it down after New Year's. It will make a lovely winter decoration even after the rest of Christmas is tucked safely away.
We spent the day today painting our condo in preparation for new renters. Here's hoping the next ones will be better than the last. We are having to refinish the floors, replace the carpets, and paint all the walls, to name a few things that they ruined, but on the upside, the place will look gorgeous when we are through. I'm trying hard to focus on the blessings to be found in even the most trying of situations. They are always there, and perhaps it will be my New Year's resolution to discover them with a bit more grace and patience than I have in the past.
Thinking of you, my friends, and hoping you enjoyed a beautiful Christmas.