Christmas is a magical time of year.  There’s something about snow, Christmas music, decorations, and the soft glow of Christmas lights.  Our house turns into a Christmas wonderland.  Or, like my husband likes to say, it looks like Hallmark Channel exploded in our house.  Okay, okay, so I go a little over the top decorating but I don’t care, I’ve always loved Christmas.

This is Noah’s second Christmas, but the first Christmas he can truly enjoy.  I know he’s still young but if we tell him Santa is coming he immediately begins screaming, HO, HO, HO!!!  He gets it, he is my son, after all:)

As I sit here writing this, I’m surrounded by the sound of Christmas music, the fragrance of a Christmas tree, and the glow of my Christmas lights.  There’s something so special about this time of year.  During the Christmas season, I’m surrounded by many of my grandma’s Christmas decorations.  Each has a special meaning and story behind it.

My mantel is carefully decorated with ceramic characters, creating the perfect Christmas scene.  It’s a replica of my grandma’s front door with carolers, pine trees, and light posts.  Every Christmas I would help my grandma decorate.  To this day, I still carefully arrange my mantel to match the way we decorated.  She’s been gone for quite a few years now, but it makes me feel like she’s still here with us.

We also decorate two Christmas trees every year.  One is a peacock themed tree in our dining room and the second is a bigger tree in our living room, adorned with ornaments we’ve collected over the years.  Again, my husband laughs at me, but it makes the house feel so special.

Last night I was helping my parents decorate their tree, I’m very particular about lights on a tree and so is my dad.  We started talking about my grandma at Christmas time and he told us stories about my grandma standing over my grandpa, critiquing his decorating skills…it’s easy to see where I got my love of Christmas!

Right now, I have cookie dough chilling in the fridge…of course I love making Christmas cookies.  I’ll be sure to post all the cookies I bake!  For now, it’s back to making cookies, Noah is napping so hopefully I’m able to get a lot done today.  Merry ChristmasJ

-Chelsea