I happen to like holiday traditions.
If I do decide to change things up a bit, however, the front porch will be the first place I start. While I love my vintage-inspired decorations, I think that using more natural elements would enhance the overall effect; I'm thinking fresh pine swags, wreaths, and garlands. For this year, though, I am happy with the addition of Colonel Sugarbottom and the vintage blow-mold angels that once belonged to my Grandma Molly (Mom recently passed them on to me). The angels are from the late 1950's and they are a nice compliment to my blow-mold Santa Claus, which was produced in 1968.
As I said earlier, the decorations inside the house are fairly identical to last year's. The nativity, tree, Putz houses, Dept. 56 Dicken's village, and Rankin Bass figurines are all present and accounted for..
...the tree , mantle, and dining room are decked to the rafters...
...it's kind of crazy, actually.
But, apparently not crazy enough to keep me from adding new displays, as I also mentioned earlier...
...or, to keep me from adding new pieces to existing collections, like I did with the new Winter Warlock figurine for the Rankin Bass collection, or, the new mercury glass ornaments that I added to the tree.
I love every element of the décor. I might not love it quite so much in two weeks, when I am packing it all up to store back in the attic, but, you know, I'll think about that later.
Right now, I want to relax in the glow of my million tiny Christmas lights, with a glass of eggnog and It's a Wonderful Life on DVD.