My parents are here for Christmas, and yesterday, my mom, sis, and I ventured out to enjoy some of our favorite things together!
But first. This is my favorite video of the week!!!! Oh my heavens, try not to weep as a mother fulfills a promise and deep gratitude fills the air.
A Few of My Favorite Things!
1. Staying Home!
While we had a blast getting our jingle on and shopping for a few gifts, there’s no place like home when the weather outside is frightful.
2. Girl Time!
Since my mom lives in Arizona, it’s always a treat to be together. No matter what we do or where we roam, there is going to be easy laughter and excuses to eat more chocolate.
Here we are at Urban Farmgirl (Rockford, Illinois), where we found beautiful Christmas decor and a spirit of good cheer.
3. Paper Snowflakes!
Whether you buy the pre-made ones to hang from the ceiling like those above, or make your own to trim the tree–it’s easy to feel like a child again. Get those scissors snipping if you don’t believe me!
4. Dog-themed Christmas Trees!
Am I BARKing up the wrong tree? If puppy trees are wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
5. Cute Gift Bags for Wine!
For your wine loving friends and party hosts, there are so many adorable ways to up the fun factor. The one above says “Let’s Misbehave.”
6. Simple Wreaths Hung from Vintage Frames!
Add architectural interest and importance to a holiday wreath!
7. Vintage Signs!
I love ’em when they are original, but the reproductions are getting soooooo good, aren’t they!?!
8. Christmas Buzzwords!
After more than 30 years together, my sister just learned her husband’s favorite Christmas related word is NOEL.
Do you have one?
nope, not JOY.
I guess I have a couple of favs.
P E A C E for sure.
But also J I N G L E.
9. Silver Bells!
Whether it’s the ones chiming at the red kettles, vintage sleigh bells (or new ones like these at Urban Farmgirl below!), itsy bitsy ones formed into a wreath, or the teeniest ones jingling on a baby’s shoes, their ringing belongs with holiday cheer like marshmallows in hot chocolate.
10. Galvanized Buckets!
I hardly needed another galvanized bucket for my collection! But I couldn’t resist one of these tall, vintage reproductions at Urban Farmgirl. I tucked fresh evergreen branches in it and placed it on a bathroom vanity at home.
11. Pretty Dishtowels!
I loved every single stripey, plaid, check, whimsical, windowpane, graphic one in this shop, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love receiving them as a gift!
12. Personalized Everything!
Trays, stocking hangers, crocks, and wood slice ornaments were just a few things we spotted that can be customized to your liking.
THE urban farmgirl, herself, was cheerfully styling in the shop and snapped a photo of us in front of the sign in the image above.
Which is Your FAVORITE rendition?
Rustic Decor Online Favorites
If you can’t find what you need shopping small and locally, here are a few of my favorite farmhouse-y rustic decor finds you may like too.
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I’ll be hosting Christmas Eve dinner so there is a long list of chores to attend to, but somehow it will all get done! After we feast, we play a few games before dancing the night away in the living room. I always have the best intentions and mean to document a little of it for you, but I am always the last one to leave the dance floor and forget to push ‘record!’
Find more FESTIVE FAVORITES HERE!
I hope whatever your holiday traditions, you will also find yourself immersed in the moment and make memories with those you love to carry you into a brand new year.
Peace to you right where you are.