The transition from autumn to winter began at our house today. Down came the harvest decorations, and in their place went all of the winter accessories. I don't do holiday decor outside, because I keep everything up until spring; so I keep it all holiday netural. But the indoor decor says "Christmas".
I say the transition "began" because we haven't completed the passing of the torch on seasons until the tree has been decorated, and every Santa Claus from around the world has been strategically positioned. From the holly berry garland on the mantle, to the single candle in each window...it all has "it's place". We're going to do our tree-trimming tradition late Monday afternoon, into the evening. As this is my daughter's first Christmas outside of being an infant, it's important that we have the tree decorated prior to the rest of the house. We need to capture that moment of wonder when we turn on the tree for years to come.
I'm already planning my holiday menu...and I'm just torn on what to do for the main course. This is the one holiday that I do a formal meal; even when I host other holidays, while it's sit down - it's not to the extent of Christmas. This is the one dinner I like to go all out... everything is extra pretty and fancy - and I like the meal to match in it's elegance.
Lots of ideas floating around in my head, but need to find something....decadent.
I'm off to go make ornaments with my son...I got this fun stained glass ornament kit. He's all excited, and this is the first year we'll have his homemade ornaments on the tree. This is the stuff memories are made of....