My favorite flavor of festive decor for Christmas would have to be A Quiet Joyeux Noel. With so much vibrant red and green (and buffalo check, yes!?!) everywhere you turn, it is both calming and nourishing to the soul to see a quieter side of a French country inspired holiday.
We toured a little bit of the Christmas pasts of Corner French Cottage in a Frenchie story RIGHT HERE, and today we’ll see this holiday’s tranquil loveliness interpreted with restraint and simplicity by homeowner, Nichole.
Ingredients of a Quiet Joyeux Noel
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Sparkly vintage chandeliers dripping with crystals.
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A mix of silver and gold accents.
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Pale and painted furniture.
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Beautiful mirrors reflecting candlelight
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Antiques and nostalgia
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Beautiful French Country Sconces
A Quieter Gift Idea
If you are stumped for a gift idea for someone who seems to have everything, here’s an alternative. Give from your heart. How about something homemade from your kitchen or hands? Another option is a goat!
In past years, I encouraged giving goats to families in Nepal as a wonderful gift. Find that INFO HERE. It costs just about $50 (£40) to buy a goat that will change a family’s life and they will even name it anything you want…so think of how lovely your friend/daughter/spouse will feel if you name it something that is special to both of you!
You can also quietly give away your change to those red kettles where the bells are ringing. Give away your mercy to every living thing in your world – and give away your forgiveness to all, including yourself.
If I am not careful, my heart will be distracted from the magic and mystery of Christmas so I must decide now to be as present and intentional as possible to the season.
Are you unplugging as much as I have been? Oh, it’s divine!
Is there anything so beautiful in winter as silently falling snow?
Is it also magical to you when yours are the first footprints in its pristine blanket upon the earth?
Ever hear Kristin Chenoweth’s ‘Born on Christmas Day’ a few years back? Listen to this children’s choir cover it beautifully…
Visit these other holiday themed posts to catch up on the lovely!
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Peace to you right where you are.
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