Monday, December 26, 2011

It was a lovely Christmas! Christmas Eve was magical as we hosted nearly 50 of our closest friends and family.  We bought presents, we made presents, we cooked, baked and decorated. The traditions of the Victorian Christmas traditions are ours today. Some bring a sense of wonder and joy that is not surpassed at any other time of the year. We have dolls in our library. We add ribbon candy, candy canes, and old fashioned shaped candy from yesteryear. The vintage hat collection tops off the victorian flair of the room. 

Every room has a different feel to it, as we walk in the circular layout each entry way brings a different scent, sight and sound. The Kitchen is old fashioned. Old Santas, large primary colored strands of lights, Christmas Cards hung around the door, an elf on the shelf, and a charlie brown Christmas tree. The Living room is decorated in traditional ornaments, sentimental pieces passed down and collected over a lifetime. Here is where the presents are located under the tree decorated with love.  The library is decorated Victorian. Tall lean tree, large pink bows, gingerbread, candy canes, and dolls. It is the favorite room of many with it's 10 ft ceilings and glowing lights, antiques and books. The Dining room is furnished with a piano, candle pillars and glitzy tinsel covered tree. These rooms have been filled with laughter every Christmas for over 18 years. This year will be the last for us here in the home that we raised our children. It is bittersweet.

The new year is upon us. Lists and resolutions. A time to look forward and not back. Looking forward doesn't lessen the memories that we have experienced in the rooms of our large old house. Moving to downsize doesn't change our family and traditions. We are our home. The house is just a house. The memories remain, and we take them along to the next destination. To all of you who have gone through the experience of downsizing a family home, your comments are welcomed and appreciated. It is both difficult and exciting all at once. Here is to the new year ahead! One of Opportunities and Miracles. Happy New Year~

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