Today is catch up day from last week when our computer and I weren't on speaking working terms. So I'll be putting up Wednesday's, Thursday's, Friday's, Saturday's, and Today's post all throughout the day. Whew! Gotta get this Christmas train back on track! So put on some Noël music, check out Sunday's post with a beautiful gift tag download, and keep your eyes peeled!
To start off the week, I want to show you our little sapin de Noël!
First, we planted a cat evicted the cat from his new found favorite spot.
Then we picked out a sweet little tree and decked it with our finest! Here it is all lit up:
Perhaps my favorite part of decorating the tree is rediscovering each ornament and remembering where it came from and what story it tells. We happen to have a lot of bird ornaments (pretty sure we started doing that before 'put a bird on it' exploded).
This humble little guy is one of our first ornaments together. I made a few of them 5 years ago when we celebrated our second Christmas together (and our first Christmas living together). That year, I crafted a few little ornaments out of scraps and bits that we had and we decorated a bunch of holly. In our tiny apartment, there was no room for a tree!
This is one of many that our family has had for years, made by my paternal grandmother. Since we had the bird collection going, I snatched a selection of these felt heirlooms last time I was home!
I think this is Romain's favorite! For the past four years, he has been our tree topper starting the year we lived in the U.S. and not only had an apartment with more than one room (wow!), but had space for a 6 foot tree.
But this year, we're trying out his faux mercury glass topper which is pretty darn lovely too. I tucked a few of the lights at the end of the strand up into it and now it glows.
What would a French sapin de Noël be without grapes? This very old glass bunch I actually picked up in Belgium.
This beautiful glass Santa was a gift from my parents on there first visit to France.
Some others from the small vintage collection we've started.
Two silly mice. We got these, along with the tree topper bird, from Tuttle's when we lived in Maine. And I love that my parent's decorate their tree across the ocean with the same little characters!
More birds! The top is from a set of glass clip-ons that we bought when we were in the U.S. but the second is the first ornament we ever bought together. He came from Habitat.
And finally, here is a tiny little golden star that I've had for a long time. It used to decorate a mini tree that I had in my bedroom growing up.
So that's the grand tour of our little tree!
Just for fun, here are some other little scenes from around the apartment:
This is just a tiny little tree and some yarn clippings under a glass but we think it's sweet.
I spy the Gift of the Magi.
I found this set of little fabric covered books in the brocante for 5€! They are: Christmas Poems, Christmas Legends, Christmas Songs, and Christmas Stories.
The covers and pages are just as beautifully printed as the spines. I was so excited to find these!
Well, there you have it. The bits and pieces that are decking our halls this year. I'm hoping to whip up some stockings for each of us today that we can take with us to the grandparents for the holiday. I'll let you know how it goes!