‘Cause we need a little Christmas right this very minute. Or not. I mean. I’m all for candles in the windows, for hearts flowering with expectant wonder. For snowflakes falling upon my hamlet, where all is calm. What we don’t at all need this very minute is any more tension, worry, or division. So even if you’re not in the mood for cute decorating finds, do enjoy the gift of Mister Rogers Wisdom + 20 Pretty Holiday Things Around $20.
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My favorite find in the bunch is one discovered a couple of years ago that many of you went nuts for. In fact, I just unpacked mine and placed them on the French antique console table in our entry with simple fall leaves in a vase (see image above).
I love that religious pieces like these can be left out all year. Some of you hang them as Christmas tree ornaments, others embellish gifts with them, and I just like them where I can see and enjoy them – they look beautiful incorporated into Christmas tablescapes.
Even if we don’t need a darn thing (in the name of mindfully simplifying in woeful economic times or heartfully preserving the ‘holy’ in the days), maybe something unexpected within this parade of festive Christmas decor finds will speak to you or inspire a craft.
The Reason We Celebrate
Before we gaze upon whimsical trappings or giggle – my heart is turned toward all who may feel an ache now that the airwaves and social media are flooded with mention of the holidays.
Maybe something precious has been lost and you find yourself limping through November and dreading December with a fractured heart. Perhaps a light heart eludes you.
The Sweetest Gift is Knowing Where You Are
I am with you. I just am. There is always a bittersweetness for me when these months come. There are empty seats at the table, and lots of memories of sweeter times often arise.
My hand is extended if you are grieving, and there truly are no words. Sometimes a universal language like music is a small balm.
This is for you…sealed with so much tenderness.
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How will we keep the holidays peaceful, rich in love, and meaningful, ringing with the magic jingling of sleigh bells?
Surely it begins in the heart–becoming centered and aligned with ultimate mercy and goodness so that love can flow freely from us to thirsty places.
For so many of us, the 2020s have brought a host of disappointments. As a culture, it seems we are very slow to learn to expect and accept mistakes of any sort.
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I hope you find something sweet in the collection that follows. The last two things are probably my favorites after the milagro hearts.
1. Bottle Brush Christmas Trees & Ornaments
There’s nothing like the nostalgia and memories of Christmases past than little flocked bottlebrush trees.
Don’t you love ornaments that work just as well in little vignettes away from the tree?
More super cute bottle brush Christmas trees RIGHT HERE.
2. Christmas Entertaining Decor Find: Festive Napkins
Sometimes it starts with a cute napkin to inspire your whole color scheme, table decor, or holiday.
Here are some cute options, and don’t forget these high quality napkins are also great for so many decoupage crafts…
If you have never tried this sort of DIY, start here:
3. Inexpensive Whimsical Holiday Pillows
In case you have a bench or a bed or an easy chair that may need a little cheer.
4. Chocolate Count Down
Is there a better way to work our way to December 25th than chocolate? (My hips may be answering “yes, m’am,” but my sweet tooth is drowning them out with NO BETTER WAY!)
5. Buffalo Check Beauty
Checks just feel homey and never go out of style. They work on casual tables but can also mix with more formal schemes.
6. Milagro Heart Shaped Box
You all went nuts for this when I introduced it here in 2019, and it’s a timeless accent with so many uses. Suspend it with ribbon from a wall sconce, use it as a fancy wrapped gift embellishment, or mass a few on the table as part of a French inspired centerpiece.
7. Cheerful Christmas Kitchen Towels
Do we tire of seeing Nutcracker themed holiday decor each year around the holidays?
No, sir. We do not.
Let the beauty of this next quote from Fred Rogers really soak into your being because I have found this truth to be precious.
Between what is said and what is heard is a vastly significant territory. Think about modern communication with its texts, social media blasts and written messages. So often they are devoid of tone as the human voice disappears, as more AI voices emerge. Without love and trust in that subtle space, so much may be lost, misheard, or misconstrued.
8. Forest-y Fragrant for the Kitchen & Bath
We don’t have to live near a forest to enjoy the experience…
9. Smart Christmas Ornament Storage
My own ornament storage is sort of falling apart so I need something like this:
10. Wooly Sweet Bird
I adore felted wool anything and have a few sweet little pieces like these I bring out every year.
11. Pom Pom Garland
12. Swedish Christmas Ornaments
These Scandi straw ornaments are what I grew up with, and they bring me such joy in their simplicity.
13. Simple Corrugated Zinc Vase Set
14. Cozy Romantic Lighting
15. Casual Chargers
16. For Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With…
17. For All Winter Long
18. Turned Wood Candle Holder
19. Organic Christmas Soy Candle
20. Does Double Duty (Festive Red Works as Decor on Counter!)
The price of these babies has increased (hello, inflation!) so we can’t snag em for 20 bucks anymore, but they truly are gifts that keep on giving. All winter long, the cheerful red filled with your favorite yummy drinks will encourage you to hydrate.
In Case You’re Over 40 and Have Been Humming It But Forgot the Lyrics…
Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.
For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute.
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;
So climb down the chimney;
Put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.
Slice up the fruitcake;
It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.
For I’ve grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older.
And I need a little angel
Sitting on my shoulder,
Need a little Christmas now.
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Peace to you right where you are.
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