The snow just keeps falling out there, and the piles are growing. I did spend quite a bit of time outside today, and it wasn’t too cold– in the low 30’s. Although we don’t have our tree yet, I’ve been doing my best to make our home a nice place to be, now that we’ll be spending more time indoors.
First, it’s all about candles. I have been very happy to find 100% beeswax candles at our local drugstore here. The amazing thing is that they are pretty inexpensive, easily 1/4 of what they would cost in the US. My naturopathic doctor told me last year that beeswax candles are great to burn in the home, since they actually help to purify the air– a big benefit in the winter, when we’re short on ventilation! So we have some throughout the house.
|In the kitchen…|
|At the table.|
|Just look at the view!|
|In the bedroom.|
Next on the list is greenery! It is so easy to get boughs and branches here to decorate with– they are sold everywhere. In fact, most decorations are made from natural materials– wood, dried cinnamon and star anise, dried citrus slices, bark, etc. That is the stuff I usually look for anyway!
|I bought this bundle of cedar at the market this week.|
|Here’s a kind of loose garland I made with it.|
A couple weeks ago I got some pine branches and made this one:
|An extra piece went into an antique little tree stand.|
|This star garland is from a local florist.|
|And amaryllis or other bulbs on almost every window sill…|
We didn’t bring any of our Christmas decorations with us, and it’s been fun to only put up local wares. I love the style of holiday decor here– so natural and homey. It’s also fun to know that we can take many of these little things with us whenever we go, and remember our very white Christmas here.