When I set out to decorate my home for Christmas I had three requirements:
- It had to be festive,
- it had to be elegant, and
- it had to accommodate my Dad
So, I pulled out all of my old Christmas decor, set a $30 limit on new purchases and got to work.
I wanted the foyer to be understated and elegant, hinting at what was to come as you enter the house.
The ornament tree introduces the color palette,
and the dangling strands of garland invite guests to enter into a magical wonderland.
The colorful Christmas tree peeks into the foyer, leading the way to the living room.
The living room is so merry and bright, sparkling with light.
The festivity continues into the dining room where my Nutcracker collection forms the base of the centerpiece and establishes the focal point of the room.
Red ornaments make the dining room entrance feel grand and sparkly branches layered in the chandelier make the whole room seem enchanted.
The enchantment continues through the centerpiece where you’ll find little treasures tucked throughout the garland.
Simple blue and white table settings sit in waiting for a family filled table while quietly complimenting the centerpiece.
Christmas mugs replace the everyday ones and the hot chocolate ingredients take a prominent space on the countertop allowing us to indulge in our favorite hot beverage all winter long.
Holiday treats get center stage on the kitchen island readily available for an indulgence reserved just for the season.
A self-serve bar is stationed next to the sweet treats.
The breakfast room is filled with Christmas cheer only rivaled by the bright sun streaming through windows.
And the table is ready for cousins to gather ’round for storytelling interrupted by bursts of laughter.
After three weeks of decorating to make sure every thing was just so, the meaning of it all descended on my heart and pierced my soul.
All of my efforts…the planning, the preparations, the attention to detail and making sure my requirements were met. It was all to prepare them room in my home. My sisters and brother and nieces and nephews and Mom…and especially my Dad.
It was in that moment I realized that more than one father, daughter relationship was being symbolized in my home. And I knew that God was answering the prayer of a daughter only a few weeks before at the beginning of Advent…
whispering “Prepare Him room.”
Merry Christmas friend, and may you prepare Him room this Christmas season.