With only five days until Christmas, it’s beginning to look, taste, sound and feel a lot like Christmas.
In the spirit and the groove of the season, visions of holiday food, fun and festivities dance in our heads to the tunes of classic, traditional, rock, jazz, country and instrumental Christmas music.
A moratorium on talk radio and smooth jazz is in place in favor of my ‘Tis the Season For Christmas Tunes playlist on Spotify. The sounds of the season window is short at best, so we go all in December 1st through New Year’s Day.
Ho Ho Holly Jolly Santa sits holds court in the Places In The Home candy kitchen. I wasn’t sure this particular holiday vignette would translate, but translate it does.
A wisp of whimsical paired with a spot of vintage in the spirit of bygone days fits perfectly into our Christmas motif.
Fresh, fragrant and fa la la la lovely – Christmas smells so good! A tradition of sorts dating back to the days of Hopefully Classic, Dave the Builder picks up a fresh rosemary tree shaped in the form of a mini Christmas tree on his Black Friday run. Fresh orange slices, ground cloves and bay leaves brought to a boil and left to a simmer- divine!
With only five days until Christmas, things are heating up in the Places In The Home kitchen.
Candies and cookies, and dishes, oh my waistline.
We’ll count calories in January, but for now we’ll feast upon traditional and regional holiday dishes in traditional tastes and colors of the season.
No respectable Southern cookie, candy and cake plate is without Kentucky bourbon balls, the quintessential southern Christmas goodie.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commandeered from Dave the Builders candy dish make a delicious addition to a cake mix sugar cookie.
Try, try as I may to deviate from a pastel palette of pink, French blue and winter white, the lifelong preference invariably wins out over traditional and new-traditional colors.
Walmart surprised and delighted the decorating and the savvy consumer side of my brain this holiday season.
I could not be more pleased with the presence and the price point of the tabletop pre-lit silver artificial tinsel Christmas tree and the Better Homes and Gardens holiday plate set.
We had a little “this never, ever happens here” excitement this week.
For a split second the Christmas Day forecast for Central Louisiana looked like we would need to break out the snow boots and snow booties.
Snow in Louisiana on Christmas Day?
Could it be that a miracle of snow on Places In The Home Street will take place?
Although it will not come to pass, the prospect of it could happen only adds to the excitement of a White Christmas.
I realize a gold picture frame with black and white zebras and a black and white photo of our son and his groomsmen does not necessarily qualify as a Christmas or holiday decoration, but leave it to me to find a way to incorporate it into an I’ll be home for Christmas theme. The Canadian snowbirds will not be home in Canada or Louisiana for Christmas, and for an excellent reason. The snowbirds are flying south as in the tropical south for a holiday honeymoon.
With only five days until Christmas I suppose I should push back from the keyboard if for only a day or three to enjoy all the season has to offer. May your holidays be merry and bright, safe and sound, healthy and happy and your heart always be Home for the Holidays.