Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Memories

I seem to have dug myself
into a hole
that I quite like.
That sounds contradictory .... I know.

But for the last few years I have been very predictable
when it comes to my decorating choices
for the Christmas holidays.

I seem to be constantly drawn to the au naturel theme
using branches and bulbs
around our home.

It seems to be catching on with another
member of our family. ;)

She has her own apartment in the city now
close to school and work
which means she gets to create her own space
with personal touches
and I get to ....well.....participate. ;)

There is something about the smell of fresh flowers
and greenery
that add a special touch to the holiday season.

I don't remember growing up with a lot of bulbs,
I do remember my mom receiving flowers at this time of year
from friends and staff members.

But every year I find myself
growing a small crop of bulbs
in the spare bedroom
ready to fill in for ones that are on their last blooms.

Sumac branches and pine .....and Jack

Moss-covered reindeer

Those are from Christmas past...
but certainly they feel like Christmas present.

Urns before lights and snow

I have to admit that most of these photos are probably best referred to as au naturel as well.
I have misplaced my camera charger so in the meantime I am using my
somewhat trusty iphone...

And with my work life taking a new direction
photos are feeling much less staged
and much more rushed....

The front entry of my daughter's apartment
also has a vase filled with fresh cut pine and sumac branches

And of course I should show you what she was preparing in the first image.

My daughter's apartment is what we call a demi-sous sol, 
just slightly below groundso this display of natural branches and sumac
is giving her a nice holiday touch
plus a little added privacy.

I will be back before Christmas
to share some images with you that I had promised way back.

Check out the BloomNation blog for those of you interested in ideas on using flowers in your decorating. This is not a paid post but I do think that natural
decorations are really inspiring for this time of the year....
well anytime actually.

In the meantime,
enjoy the lead up to the holiday season.....
Joyeux Noël à tous mes amis!!


  1. Joyeux Noël! I love au natural as well ;) Every year I find myself subtracting more and more from our Christmas decor set up. Give me some lights and some garland and I say job done!

  2. You do au natural so well, Donna! There's no reason to change anything. It all looks wonderful!

  3. Everything looks nice. It is wonderful to see our children share our love of making the home, homey.

  4. Love your decorating choices once again!! I have enjoyed a fuss free decorating theme this year as well. Merry Christmas! We have no snow here in Southern Alberta,,,just doesn't feel the same for the holidays without some white stuff!

  5. I love the natural decorating this time of year too. Lovely photos Donna. I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas holiday.

  6. So beautiful, Donna, and so neat to see how your decorating has influenced your daughter. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

  7. I love your idea of natural decor for Christmas. Please tell Jack that he adds the perfect amount of white and fluffliness to your decor.

  8. Is the red flowered greenery sumac?

  9. Love to see Sarah is decorating au natural need her new address so I can send her something I have to start her own collection love your older sister

  10. Your Christmas decor is so pretty. I love natural themes this time of year! I wanted to let you know that your bloggy friendship means the world to me!!! Merry Christmas, Donna I hope you are having a blessed day with your sweet family.



  11. Feliz ano novo!
    Seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano, harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz...que começa em nossos corações e se estende a tudo que nos rodeia!!!
    Obrigada por fazer parte da minha história de vida!
    UM ABENÇOADO 2016!!!!

  12. I keep checking every day or so hoping you've come back to us. Any chance?


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