Up went the stockings, on the new snowflake hooks from Target (so fun to have a real mantle!)
Out came our other nativity sets as well, though I really need to get some nice pieces of velvet or gold fabric or something to put them on. And it's hard to find places to put them where they are out of kids' reach but still visible.
In November our ward had an Enrichment meeting on inexpensive holiday decorating. Much of it was just beyond me creatively, but I did take note of a few things, including the concept of "tablescape." The next week I braved the jumble and crowds at half-empty Linens N Things and got myself a set of disco-sparkle chargers (at 40% off; much like this stock photo), and later at the thrift store a couple of black iron candle sticks. Since we are having Christmas at home for the first time, and my parents are coming over, it's kind of nice to have something to plan for.Our first mailed gifts arrived today, from Tona via Amazon, a sure sign we need to get our tree. The plan is to go next Monday for Family Home Evening. A woman on our neighborhood listserv emailed a plug for getting them at her church so we will probably go there.
Of course the holiday music is on nonstop around here as well; the girls' favorite is Jingle Bells. I haven't gotten any new Christmas cd's this year but will still go about making a newish mix.
Our Christmas card photos have been ordered. I was going to just do a card and photo this year but Ed really wants a letter included. I admit I love getting other people's letters telling about their family and lives, but for some reason I'm totally uninspired this year on writing our own. Just don't know what to say.How are you Gettin' Festive?