Have I ever told you about my Christmas closet? Well, it was one of my favorite things about this house when we were looking at it 21 years ago.
Dig that mauve--1980's carpet!
Pillows hauled up to make way for the Christmas ones.
It's really the closet where all seasonal decor is stored. But, it's mostly Christmas. It's a far cry from the pull-down attic space we had before. I love having it, but, you know, just like kids, you are never satisfied. You have something awesome but then want more. My thoughts these days: "there's still ALL that hauling up and down the stairs"---and---"if only I could just slide the tree fully decorated in to the closet." And don't think I haven't been figuring out ways to get it up there! Really, there are none. I do have the card table closet (yes, there is such a thing) in the downstairs hallway that might work? Hmm, I'll have to think about that. This Christmas decorating thing is getting to be a chore. There are certain things I like to do and others I'd rather not. I guess we all feel like that.
I didn't even get these wreaths down this year. Still, I'm fortunate and grateful for this closet. It's a simple thing.
I actually enjoy washing up the Christmas stuff in preparation for the holidays. It gets me in the mood. I look forward to champagne in pretty flutes. Those glasses in front were a gift from Connie about 25 years ago. They have been my favorite. Sadly, this year, I discovered that one of them had a crack. And then there were seven. A simple thing.
This is one of my favorite decorations. Stephanie made it for me quite a few years ago.
It's hard to see since I didn't do a close-up, but there are tiny pictures on it besides the little ornaments. It's a simple thing.
That same year, Sandy made me this photo tray. I have never actually used it as a tray. It stays here year-round as a permanent decor piece. A simple thing.
Ornaments in an old muffin tin---a simple thing.
Ornaments in an old jar--a simple thing.
A giant spice tin and a half stick of butter---simple things.
A little tree nestled in more ornaments in another old pan---a simple thing.
Glass Christmas candies in a little dish---a simple thing.
Our family button tree project from a few years ago---a simple thing.
Purchased mantle scarf with branches from the magnolia trees in the yard--a simple thing.
Having my tea in front of the fireplace--the simplest thing of all.
What are the simple things that make you happy?