Tuesday, November 25

gathering of things















i love when holiday preparation begins. my mind begins to think about packaging, it's funny to think about it but i always know how i will package items before knowing what the item itself will be. I like making a baking list and pulling out holiday things i have gathered while strolling. I love the simple things and the traditions that i have created. i love changing the garden urns from autumn things to evergreens and berries.. my love for red in the house always helps with the holiday decorating which this year will include my spiral staircase ....i would love to hear your favorite holiday preparation..

22 comments:

please sir said...

Yeah I like thinking of that too...and red thread...my fav!

corine said...

I'm terrible at holidays. There is such pressure to recreate some form of magic. It never lives up to my own expectation. Also it feels so forced and artificial in the stores. Maybe reading blogs will change things for me this year. I'm hoping.

pia said...

holiday preparations for me back in sydney are about opening the door to my parent's attic, pulling down the makeshift ladder and crawling up to the hot darkness looking for my box of handcrafted decorations. I'm excited to whisper to you that I will be going home for christmas this year :-) shhhhh. xx

PS Corine, we must get your holiday decorating spirits in motion!

Georgia (AKA g-bug) said...

more lovely red. perfect for the season.

i love to just hang ornaments random places other than the Christmas tree.

thrilled by the thought said...

I have a mini-Christmas village I love to put out. I don't let myself do it until the day after Thanksgiving though! Right now, I'm itching to do it!

cindy : quaint said...

i love those shadows! i try to make something crafty for the holidays. last year it was little st. lucia dolls. this year, i might take their portraits.

Tartelette said...

My favorite holiday thing was back home when we ould unwrap all the elements of the Nativity scene. In Provence where I am from the making of the tiny characters is a real arts and crafts guild and we collected many along the years so having my parents trust us with unwrapping each element was truly a gift.
A few years back, we started a new tradition in the neighborhood, no matter where we live, at 11.45pm on the 24th we go outside and light up votives in decorative paper bags along the main road so that when people come home later that night they have that little extra whimsical feeling. We feel like little elves!
I am with you on packaging...I am a sucker for packages! Love the white and the red!

omami said...

Je fais un arbre naturel à chaque année, j'adore l'odeur du sapin... I always make a natural christmas tree, with lots of natural decoration, and angels!!So I do have to wait one or two weeks before christmas celebration.....

omami said...

love that red and white composition!!

a square peg said...

we take the kids and go to a christmas tree farm, where we select the just-right tree (which is always a white pine) and hubby cuts it down. then we drink hot cocoa by the bonfire at the tree farm, take our tree home and put it up. that's my favorite.

lovely photos...

limonana said...

just loving your use of red in everything! you capture it beautifully...you're a girl after my own heart, as i'm also all about how i'm going to package gift before i think of the gift!

Sara said...

those shadows are so cool! and i can smell the evergreens already:) i just love this time of year and decorating as you know. i especially love the lights, candles, and colors. one of our traditions- christmas eve, aside from opening new pajamas, we have a special white stocking. this stocking is for Christ, and everyone writes down their "gifts" for him, or things they will do in the upcoming year, like be more patient, read from the scripture more, do an act of service every week etc.. every year when you pull out the prior years gifts you are reminded of the spirit of giving and love that one hopes is the center of the season.

amy said...

such photographic goodness is too much to come back to. it's blissful.

Mrs.French said...

this has to be one of your prettiest posts...that is quite an accomplishment! xo t

Chessa said...

your images are divine. I agree with amy, this is bliss indeed.
oh, I have so many favorites...
I love getting our tree and decorating it and I love the first night of Hannukah when we light that first candle...we have an interfaith home so we have double the fun. I also love the night that we first exchange gifts and go out alone to celebrate the holidays in our own way.
:)

Stephanie said...

My favorite thing about preparing for the holidays is climbing up the rickity old ladder and lifting the attic panel to reveal boxes of beautiful decorations. We always seem to sift through all the memories while we're up there. Like my mother's wedding dress wrapped in tissue paper in a box. And drawings from my childhood tucked away in newspaper. It's nice to talk of memories from years ago.

Esti said...

i'd love to see more of your christmas preparations...
I only decorate the stairs with thousands of white lights :)

Aran said...

you know i'm obsessed with packaging too and during christmas is when i go crazy. simplicity but i like everything to have a touch. i so love the white and the red... gorgeous!

cindy* said...

before i even read the text i thought, christmas! i love to give gifts (that whole better to give than recieve is true!) and i love to coordinate all of my wrapping...this is my favorite time of the year.

beautiful nadia!

mary said...

Red + white = my FAVORITE! Just lovely!

shill said...

those shadows, fascinating!

Edi Style said...

:-)