i can’t wait. there are other things i should blog about first, but i want to show you the inn all decked out for christmas!

the saturday following thanksgiving i helped to decorate the church for the advent season/christmas. the sight of all those festive things inspired me to spend pretty much the entire rest of the day decorating the inn.

all i knew of the decorations tucked away in the closets upstairs was that there was a fake tree. after rounding up all things labelled “christmas”, i carried them down to the living room, where i discovered quite the assortment of bobbles. i suppose 25 years of innkeepers with different tastes is bound to leave a mark, and it appears these boxes are where that mark was left.

i assembled the fake tree (which was not as hard to do as my father has previously declared), and then realized that i had no idea where i wanted to put it. this led to hours of pulling and pushing furniture around to find the arrangement most satisfying to my aesthetic tastes.

an unforeseen problem, that ended up dictating much of the layout, was plant placement. however, i am very pleased with the final result (which really isn’t that different from the original configuration), and the greenery makes it feel like a holiday forest! it was quite refreshing to be tearing up and rearranging a room other than my bedroom, as i do like to “feng shui” a lot.

the next step was filtering through all the odd options for inducing festivity. after 2 decades of a tree covered with homemade and gifted ornaments (not to mention TINSEL), i finally had sole control of the atmosphere created. the inn is simple, calming, and cozy, but i’m sure past innkeepers have shaken it up a bit, based on what i saw. in addition to what you see below, i hung a few more wreath-like things, placed candles in the windows, and put some pine cone arrangements in the bathrooms. that’s it.

the best part for me is the tree. i love making popcorn and cranberry garlands, but to add one to our tree at home would simply push it over the edge. i could create a simple and sophisticated tree, since this is a business, after all, but i will still get the sentimental tree when i’m home for christmas!

without further ado…

my decked halls!

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living room

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stairwell

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love this star

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merry christmas season!

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