Ho, ho, hello, thanks for stopping by for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 12.2023: My Favorite Winter Decor. I am scrambling to write this so it will publish today, the second Friday of the month. Have just not been myself for about 3 weeks since having to go cold turkey off my OCD medication mid-November. Earlier this week, I wrote about that in more detail for my Sentence a Day post, here. It has not been fun. Not for me, not for PC or anyone who knows me!! But I think today, I almost feel ‘normal’ for me. Just in time for the hecticness of the holidays.
And speaking of holidays, today we are sharing our favorite winter decor. My Christmas decorations are still tucked away in their plastic bins. I have moved the bins into the house from the garage but just have not felt like dealing with that crazy. Maybe this weekend. The artificial tree is still in its plastic storage container, too. PC never enjoys the holidays and this year, I feel like a Grinch, myself.
Where Bloggers Live
As I have shared before, the ideas for this colorful series originate with our adventurous leader, Bettye, at Fashion Schlub. She describes this series as being kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! Every month, Bettye provides the six WBL bloggers with a prompt that invites us to share our work and living spaces, homes, hometowns, thoughts, and memories. Several weeks ago on a night when she should have been studying, Bettye put together the list of prompts for WBL that would see us through 2025!! That’s some planning. For the 01.12.2024 edition, the gang will be sharing how we stay warm. My family will be fresh from a trip to Santa Fe, NM where we will definitely need to stay toasty warm.
This series, and group of great gals, is one of the reasons I keep hanging on with blogging. I have to admit, I have toyed with the idea of giving this blogging business up at the end of the year. But the Where Bloggers Live posts really are enjoyable for me so maybe I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet.
Where Bloggers Live 12.2023
Like I said above, my Christmas decorations are all still packed away in the plastic bins where they live 11 months out of the year. I did drag the Christmas tree in from the garage today. And will begin decorating tomorrow. Between the early morning church Christmas toy give-away in San Elizario, where one out of three people lives below the poverty level and decorating gingerbread houses while babysitting Lucia and Cami in the evening. But I will get ‘er done.
I have a number of very dear decorations – dear to me, but not fancy or expensive. One, a velveteen dressed Santa my sister bought for me after the one I’d had since childhood, a gift from my uncle, was destroyed in a move. Valerie has one just like it.
There’s the heavy silver menorah, Lauren gave me a few years ago in support of my interest in the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. I am going to be late lighting my menorah this year, I guess.
Some ornaments my mom bought for my very first tree so many years ago. They have withstood a dozen moves or more and decorated 40 years of Christmas trees.
The green velvet Christmas stocking with an assortment of holiday charms. My Great Aunt Lucille made it for me when I was in fourth grade, I think. I was so proud of it, I took it for show-n-tell and to show off to all my friends.
Lately, I have taken to decorating my tree with snowflakes, snowmen and southwest-inspired decorations. I will never have a designer tree or elegant decorations. Even if I had the money to afford fancy, that just isn’t me.
My Favorite Winter Decor
In my book, nothing beats the beauty of snow. Fluffy, feathery flakes. A dusting on the mountain. Several inches accumulation in the backyard around the pool. And the snow we play in Santa Fe – Snow Mountain, as Lucia calls it or the snows of my Buffalo and Boston childhood. It is better than diamonds, or any store-bought holiday bling.
I am looking forward to January, when all of us, PC, Bren and her family and Lauren and her family will all be together for 3 days in Santa Fe. Snow is going to bring us together then. And I hope for just a bit, time stands still.
When I was still working, and even since I’ve retired, I would teach the children I worked with to do a snow dance that was remarkably capable of coaxing snow into the forecast. It has become a kind of joke in the family and among my closest friends. I usually get partial credit for the snow that falls in El Paso.
Snow isn’t just pretty. It also cleanses our world and our senses, not just of the soot and grime of a mining town, but also of a kind of weary familiarity, a taken-for-granted quality to which our eyes are all too susceptible.
All of my life, I have loved snow. Maybe because I was born in a Buffalo, NY Easter Sunday snowstorm? Whatever the reason, it seems that snow has a way of making even the mundane and everyday magical. Day-to-day I take the beauty of our rugged mountains and dusty desert for granted. Until it snows. And then everything is enchanting. So snow has to be my favorite winter decoration.
God has a way of making everything beautiful. He and Mother Nature are a pretty grand pair of artists.
My sweet Cheyenne looked like a polar bear in the snow.
Frosted Franklin Mountains and Chihuahua Desert.
The hopefulness of catching a snowflake on your tongue. My Cadence Ellie.
Going to call this a post. Short and sweet. Hope you will join me in visiting my co-hosts to check out their favorite winter decor. We are still missing our friend Iris who has stepped away from blogging for a bit to recuperate from a tough fall. Hoping she will be up to joining us again in the new year.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Sally at Within a World of My Own
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you are up to your elbows in fun this weekend.
Hugs and kisses,