When Jen first suggested that we throw a virtual open house to show off our Christmas decorating, I was a bit dubious, but
First, here is the external decor:
I'd like to say I'm responsible for the lovely snowy look, but I have to give credit to my exterior decorators. Perhaps you've heard of them: Mother Nature and Old Man Winter? [The snow is deeper this year, so imagine more.]
Wait, I did do the elf on the door:
Come on in. Now we're in the front hall and looking at the bookcase, which is usually in the living room, but makes its annual pilgrimage to the hall to make way for the tree. These stuffed animal ornaments are usually hung on the tree, but it's a smaller tree this year, so they are sitting up here to greet guests. [It's a huge tree this year, but I liked how they looked on top of the bookcase, so they're there again.]
(Sorry for the darkness of the photos, I was taking them without the flash, as the flash was making everything look all washed out. Photography is not one of my many talents. Unlike, say, Microsoft Paint.)
Here is where the stockings hang: [Photo updated include the new red, star-shaped, antique-looking candle holders.]
Yeah, my colour palette in the living room is more suited to Halloween than Christmas, but what are you gonna do? Here are some close ups of things on the mantle.
The Nativity Scene. As is traditional around here, one of the shepherds needed his feet glued on again.
Here is my Mexican Nativity Scene, a Christmas gift from my friend Evelyn when we were in San Diego together. I love that it has a llama in it.
Here is the Christmas village my mum gave me this summer:
And finally, the tree: [This year's tree takes up roughly half the living room.]
So, thank you all for coming, it was lovely to have you over. Don't forget your gloves, it's cold out there. Bye!
Die, tiny ceramic humans! Feel the sting of my paw! I will bat you all over the edge of the abyss! I will crush the one you call Claus beneath the raw power of my glutes. Bring me tuna or face the annihilation of all you hold precious.
(Merry Christmas from the Evil Ninja Assassin Cat.)
Head on over to Jen's for links to other blogs holding open houses today.