December 1: Here We Go!


Me in the early 1970’s – digging the lovely shag carpet. I’m sure mom sewed my dress.

I have to admit, I have been feeling little ho-hum about the holidays. For one, it was 73º Saturday night when I was trying to decorate the house for Christmas. We usually break out the cheer at the shop after Thanksgiving too, however it is really hard to get motivated when this is what the front of the shop looks like:

The 80+ year old gal’s face lift in progress!

Now how am I supposed to decorate this?
On the upside December temperatures should be here by the time this posts (yay!), and the workers return to the shop on Monday. Our new windows arrive mid-week so hopefully we’ll be able to get our cheer on before the weekend gets here.
Despite the non-holiday temps and the condemned-chic look at the shop, I managed to at least decorate at home. Quite frankly, if I didn’t get it done the guys were going to do it themselves so that was all the motivation I needed!

Chippy Ernie the elf is back. I had hoped to skip elf-mania, but last year Mason wanted to know why he was the only kid in class without an elf from Santa. Elf mom fail!


Love my nutcrackers; we tend to pick up a new one at the ballet each season. The musical snowmen are Keith’s. I’m not into collector things from Hallmark, but you have to pick your battles. They’re pretty neat.


After giving in to the musical snowmen, these singing angels showed up the following Christmas. I really don’t like them at all. Hopefully he’ll stay out of the Hallmark store this year.


I framed all the pictures of Mason with Santa. (Yes, that’s a Girasole knit in hand dyed yarn peeking off the chair in the corner.)


I whipped these out the week before Mason’s first Christmas. One of these years I’ll get around to designing more elaborate stockings, but for now they’ll do.


Mom made these back when she had her needlework store, circa late 1970s/early 1980s. Naturally they are perfectly made, down to the last minute detail. I mainly put these out for Mason, but this year he told me they looked “creepy”. Whatever! Anyone else have a snowman like this? It was a kit from Wool in the Woods. Miss that yarn company.


Mom made this guy too. He was my brother’s advent Santa, and now he belongs to Mason. Santa leaves a little surprise for Mason each day before Christmas. As of November 30 at noon, Mason had already pulled his head off 5 times to see if Santa had left anything yet. Let’s just hope Santa gets off the computer and goes to the store because so far Santa has nothing! Hope to avoid a Santa mom fail!

And I pick up a new ornament whenever we travel. So far, my favorites come from Mexico.
My question to you today is – how do you decorate for the holidays?
We’re giving away $20 gift cards today! For every 10 comments to this post, we’ll randomly select one lucky winner. You have until midnight tonight to get in on the drawing.
Let the games begin!


  • maryktb

    01.12.2014 at 05:29

    I have a collection of Santas, and a collection of snowmen. My needlepoint stockings finally bit the dust have 35 years, so now I have quilted ones. I also have an Advent wreath and we light the candles each Sunday..

  • Melann526

    01.12.2014 at 10:00

    My grandma buys each of her grandchildren an ornament every Christmas (don’t tell Keely they come from Hallmark, every year). It was nice to have a box of ornaments that meant something to me starting the first year I had my own tree. We didn’t decorate last year, amidst all the unpacking and home updates, but I’m hoping to start some meaningful traditions of my own this year.

  • karyndm

    01.12.2014 at 10:14

    I collect ornaments wherever we travel too. I think your wish came true because it sure feels like Christmas today. I would love to see the directions for some knitted Christmas ornaments and I think you motivated me to get more nutcrackers. See you tomorrow.

    • keely

      02.12.2014 at 08:40

      Congratulations! You’re the winner of a $20 gift card. We’ve sent it to you via email, so be sure to look for it there.

      • karyndm

        08.12.2014 at 05:22

        I received the email but just saw this post. Thanks so much and I am sure I will have not have a bit of trouble finding something wonderful to purchase!

  • rjpirrong

    01.12.2014 at 11:30

    We have several nativities including a large one that my grandmother painted! We fill the house with them!

  • DRiter64

    01.12.2014 at 11:41

    I usually decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving but am slow this year. I have santas I put out near fireplace. Stockings on the mantle. I knitted my tree skirt.

  • machelle

    01.12.2014 at 11:42

    In addition to the tree, I always put out the santa face cups that I had when I was a child. I am sure they came from TG&Y because they still have the 10 cent stamp on the bottom. I have added many more cups over the years, buying them from flea markets and antique stores. We also have ornaments from all over the world on our tree. Keely, I have an angel very similar to yours that I bought in Mexico, but one of my favorites is the hand blown chili pepper ornament that I bought in Santa Fe. It is fun remembering where each one came from as we decorate the tree.

  • Carolyne

    01.12.2014 at 12:40

    Our tree has everything on it. No two oranments can be the same. The best part is it has every “special treasure” our five children have made over the years. Yesterday, my 20 year old tweeted out a picture of an ornament that she made 16 years ago with the comment “you know your mom loves you when she saves this and puts it on the tree for everyone to see!” I love every cotton ball and construction paper ornament that grace our tree each year!

  • Leah

    01.12.2014 at 13:36

    I usually put up a nativity scene (and if you know me well, you know I keep adding more livestock every year ). The figurines are Fontanini. Some years, I have put up a snow scene with a snowman and woman as well as a jolly Santa! I have a few Hallmark ornaments, so if we put up a tree, those go up as well as the usual mix of brightly colored ornament balls and our KSU ornaments. I like putting a candle in at least one front window, so I do that and it is battery operated, so safer for the pets we have in the house.

  • S.Wilkinson

    01.12.2014 at 14:29

    We deck the house with lights and watch the cats to make sure the tree is safe.

    • keely

      02.12.2014 at 08:40

      Congratulations! You’re the winner of a $20 gift card. We’ve sent it to you via email, so be sure to look for it there.

  • mkinser

    01.12.2014 at 14:40

    What’s decorating?

  • KMunger

    01.12.2014 at 14:42

    Going with a woodsy theme this year for our tree grouping…

  • kjarred

    01.12.2014 at 16:13

    We got all our outside decorations done last weekend before it got cold, and now I’ve stalled on the inside stuff. Once I recover my momentum though, my favorite ornaments are the funky mismatched ones from when I was a kid.

  • suzanne

    01.12.2014 at 16:32

    Our family decorations are made by kids! Whatever they like or want to try we do!

  • Jenny E

    01.12.2014 at 18:11

    I usually put out a tree. I will be leaving the glass ornaments and decorations packed up this year. Since I have a two year old. I have been meaning to knit a tree skirt for years now. Maybe 2015 will be the year I get that done.

  • rczb

    01.12.2014 at 19:48

    I’m pretty much like Mary…”What’s decorating?” However, if I were to put up the yarn I’ve collected in the living room, I might have room for a tree, with my Christmas stuffed animals under it, and my snowman collection. I’ve also collected some of the stuffed singing snowmen from Hallmark.

  • eknits

    01.12.2014 at 20:54

    Decorate??? When I look at all the tinsel and baubles (albeit pretty) all I think about is the time it’s going to take to pack the stuff up and put it away–kinda takes all the fun out of it. The older I get the less I decorate. I’m now sporting a pop-up tree that is stored in a 10x10x2 box. Two minutes to set up and tear down. So what do I do with all the extra time you ask … knit, knit, knit. 🙂

  • Yarntramp

    01.12.2014 at 21:02

    I decorate 2 trees. The big one in the living room has a lot of ornaments we have had since I was little. A couple years ago, I came home to the tree having fallen & I lost a bunch of ornaments that can’t be replaced. Of course the cheapys are still kicking. I also put up a tree for Vivian. It has puppy ornaments. Some of my favorites are little balls with paw prints. This year I am starting to collect Patience Brewster Reindeer. I love them! I think it is fun to add to the ornaments every year.

  • cmunholland

    01.12.2014 at 21:05

    We are doing a smaller Christmas this year including decorating since we are moving our daughter to LA. I bought the cutest little tree from Hallmark and found some lovely small ornaments. Enjoying our simplified Christmas.

  • pharris824

    01.12.2014 at 22:10

    So far the only decorating we’ve done is the lights on the outside of the house, and that’s only because our lawn service does them in early November. That said, we didn’t turn them on until last night. We will put up a Christmas tree. My favorite ornaments are the hand painted china ones that my mom did. Now that she has passed on, they are even more special. I also have some blue and green Santa ornaments that were a cross-stitch on paper kit. I love blue Santa’s. Blue is my favorite color, so why not have blue Santa’s?

  • SarahB

    01.12.2014 at 22:36

    We sport a big wreath on the front door, some homemade (kid style) interior decorations and my snowman collection. I also have lots of wooden words – Noel, Seasons Greetings and such – in coordinating colors. Love the season and the blog 🙂 Yea, for 24 Days of SWAK!

  • Suzie

    01.12.2014 at 22:43

    Like Yarntramp, I decorate 2 trees. One is filled with sentimental ornaments collected over the years like the clothespin horse made by our son and the construction paper angel made by our daughter when they were kids, a glass pinecone ornament that came from my childhood home, and a milk bottle ornament because both my dad and my husband’s dad were milkmen back in the days when milk was delivered to our homes. The glass pine cone ornament qualifies as an antique now, lol! The other tree is the “pretty” tree. The smaller tree stays up all year and I change out the decorations to match the season or holiday. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about how they decorate for Christmas.

  • jlbeene83

    01.12.2014 at 22:56

    I usually set out my nativity sets that I collect from different countries that I have been to. I love how they are all unique to different cultures!