A SIMPLE RUSTIC CABIN CHRISTMAS, USING NATURAL ELEMENTS AND THE THINGS I LOVE!
Can you believe Christmas is almost here? It seems like this year will be over in a blink of the eye. It’s not been the best for me this year with my Mom passing and Grama Red breaking her back but I know I’ve also had a lot of blessings that I shouldn’t over look.
It all had me thinking about what I really wanted our Christmas cabin to feel like. I knew I didn’t want to drag out all the glitz and glam when it came to decorating so I decided to go with simple and rustic and only use the things I truly love and make things easy on myself.
My kids are grown so no one cares about decorating around my home. Even when they boys were young they couldn’t care or less about it. That’s boys I suppose so it’s always something I’ve done myself.
I do have to say they complain about the tree I pick every year though. I like the ugliest tree in the forest and they tell me it’s always ugly but they don’t care to go along and pick out one they like so they have to live with what I get. I think it’s just a game they play with me now…… complaining no matter what it looks like.
This year I went to the basement, dug out my Christmas totes and picked pinecones, greenery, anything galvanized, and black and white things to decorate with. Then back upstairs I went. In less than 2 hours I’d decorated the main level of our home.
I just plopped things here and there, stood back gave it a quick look and moved on to another area. I wasn’t focused on making it magazine worthy this year. I just wanted to please myself and make the place feel lived in.
I’m also priding myself on not purchasing a thing to decorate with. It’s really amazing how many looks I can get out of reusing and moving what I have around. The best part was I didn’t even purchase a new throw pillow; I didn’t even have the desire to buy one or go looking for them. Must be my intervention is working, lol.
I have to tell you about my Christmas tree experience. I’ve had my eye on several volunteer pine trees we have growing in the field between our two homes all summer long. I’ve watched them grow with some so close together I know they need thinned out or they’ll be crowed out and grow funny. Keeping a mental inventory of which ones needed to be cut I headed out saw in hand to tackle the job.
I asked hubby if he wanted to go along (because I’m always good for a laugh, something is bound to go wrong when I’m operating tools) but he said I could handle it all on my own.
I put on my warm clothes and boots and trudged through the snow to find that tree I’d been eyeing. Why is it the tree I always want is the one farthest from the cabin? Anyway I found the tree, knelt down, and started sawing away only to find out cutting a tree down by hand was hard work. Those heavy warm clothes I’d put on suddenly needed to go: I was getting hotter by the minute.
After sawing partway through the tree I decided to take a little break by sitting in the snow and looking to see if hubby was watching me through the window or if he was recording me and I was quickly going to go viral on You Tube. He was nowhere in sight so I was safe.
After my little rest I went back to sawing until the job was done. Luckily there was snow and I decided to use the driveway as the easiest path to drag the tree back to the cabin. Darn that tree was heavy, so heavy that I had to make several more stops to rest. I’m quite embarrassed to admit I was huffing and puffing dragging that tree up the drive.
I finally made it home where hubby was waiting to help me drag it up on the porch and put it into it’s base before we made the mess of pulling it into the house. One good thing about buying a tree from a lot is it comes bagged making it much easier to get into the house. Instead I had a big batch of snow and pine needles to clean up.
Gosh I’m tired all over again just recounting the tale. After putting the stand in my old galvanized washtub I decided to give the tree an old fashioned look but adding nothing but two strands of old school white lights.
I’m sure enjoying the simplicity of all the decorating this year and one of my favorite things is to get up at 5am, plug in the tree, and just sit and enjoy it. It’s my favorite part of my day.
Did you happen to spy that bare twig tree snow globe on my table? I’ve had it for years and it’s a favorite piece of mine. I’ve never found another like it or even one similar to it. There’s something about it that’s just magical to me.
There’s no name or maker on the bottom so I’m at a loss of where to even find one again. I get so many comments on it with friends wanting one just like it. I’ve even done a google image search but no luck finding another one. Maybe it’s a one of a kind!
Thanks for stopping by today and taking the time to read my long winded, heavy photo post. I have a few more Christmas posts to share with you then I’ll be on to my laundry room makeover.