Today, we’re sharing our living room decorated for Christmas!
Christmas 2020 has been a challenge at our house, which shouldn’t surprise anyone at all, because it’s right in line with the rest of this year. I’m usually not one to wish time to go by quickly, because I feel like it does that already, but I have to say that I won’t be sorry to see this year come to a close. I know many of you have asked where I’ve been, because I’ve sort of “dropped off of the map”, so to speak. So I thought I would fill you in on what’s been going on in our world, and then I will show you our living room decorated for Christmas!
For the last year, I have been dealing with quite a bit of back pain. I’ve always chalked it up to moving furniture for too many years, and getting older. But after we moved last year, the back pain seemed to progress and get much worse. After seeing a Neurosurgeon and numerous MRI’s, I was finally able to get some relief with injections. It turns out the the “getting older” was definitely a problem resulting in degenerative discs in my lower back. For now, the injections seem to be working and enabling me to put off surgery until I absolutely have to have it.
Our middle son got married at the end of November, and while it was definitely a joyous occasion (we adore our new daughter in law!), planning a wedding in 2020 has been a bit stressful! Plans had to be moved and changed a couple of times, and right up to the wedding day, we held our breath, and crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t get canceled! In the end, the wedding was beautiful and everything turned out perfectly!
Right after the wedding I woke up one morning with intense pain in my neck and shoulder, and I thought that I had just slept wrong and it would work itself out. Unfortunately, it didn’t and continued to get worse with my right arm and hand going completely numb. After weeks of hoping it would go away, I finally went in to see the doctor, and x-rays showed that I have a herniated disc in my neck. Obviously, my body has decided to protest everything I’ve put it through all of these years! I have never had any pain, since giving birth to my son, as intense as this. It literally brought me to my knees. I’m currently receiving multiple treatments and procedures every week to alleviate the pain and pinched nerve, and thankfully I’m slowly getting better.
The icing on the cake is that in the middle of all of this, hubby and I both contracted COVID-19. I had it first and a few days after I started having symptoms, hubby caught it. Thankfully, our cases were very mild with cough, runny nose, some conjestion, and tiring easily. Neither one of us ran a fever and after about a week, we felt fine, though we had to quarantine for 14 days. So, as you can see, it’s been a challenge to even decorate at all! However, I did manage to get the tree up and decorate the mantel with lots of help from hubby!
Our Christmas tree is a slim flocked tree that I’ve had for a couple of years from King of Christmas. I love a flocked tree, and I’m sure it’s because I grew up with a mother that insisted on a flocked tree every year. Unlike the mess of flocked trees when I grew up, today’s flocked trees really don’t make much of a mess at all.
Many years ago I purchased a cast iron urn that is specifically designed for holding a Christmas tree, from a local Christmas shop. We placed the flock tree inside of it, and I love the way it elevates the tree.
Turquoise, blue, gold, and white Christmas balls look great against the flocking on the branches, with bits of blue and white ribbon entwined throughout. I poked a few pieces of faux elephants ears and baby eucalyptus in the branches and called it done.
Of course, we never have a Christmas tree without adding our traditional bird’s nest and bird among the branches. When I was a child, we always cut a fresh Christmas tree. My mother always insisted that we search for one with an old abandoned bird’s nest in it, because it would bring us good luck throughout the following year. To honor my mother, we always place a bird’s nest in our Christmas tree each year!
I covered the fireplace mantel with garlands of faux seeded eucalyptus and preserved boxwood. Layered into the garlands are tiny fairy lights, petite white Christmas balls, and faux sugared fruit. You can see how we made our sugared fruit HERE. I am obsessed with this sugared fruit and it was so easy to make!
The faux elephant’s ears and baby eucalyptus was also added as well as battery operated flickering candles.
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The only other addition is the old urn on the coffee table filled with sugared fruit.
The 2020 Christmas living room is simply decorated, without a lot of effort, because I truthfully didn’t have the energy for it this year! But I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I love sitting here in the evening with the twinkling lights, flickering candles, and a fire in the fireplace (it’s finally cold enough here to have one!)
My precious old French Madonna exudes the spirit of the Christmas season all year long. The only thing I added is the flickering candles to the altar sticks.
Miss RubyLou has been a very good girl this year, and she is patiently waiting for Santa Paws to come see her!
Did any of you see the Christmas star last night?