Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wrensday: Keep Christmas In Your Heart

Because our front porch is screened in, I can put a regular Christmas tree next to the front door for an extra festive touch.  I snatched this tree from Target for $7.00 after Christmas last year. 

I decorate it with rustic ornaments and a grapevine garland.

I made small lanterns from canning jars using wire, yarn, and small berries.  I put small battery operated candles in them. 

For the garland, I unwound a grapevine wreath and wrapped it around the tree. 

The wire and marble ornaments were from a mobile we found in our home when we moved in.  The mobile was randomly hanging from the dining room ceiling fan.  I took the mobile apart and used the handmade hearts and flowers as ornaments.  Every time I unpack the ornaments, I remember the day we moved in our home.

My favorite piece is this felt banner I found in an antique shop.  I don't think it's an antique but it is quite charming. 

This banner reminds me of one of my favorite passages in the Bible (I have many). 

"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."  Luke 2:16-19

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