One of my favorite rooms at the Biltmore House, decorated for Christmas. Notice the limited color palette that complements the room’s decor.
I have always loved the pageantry that goes into Christmas décor. As a little girl, getting the Christmas ornaments out of the attic, fluffing the garlands, and watching my mother make beautiful bows were just as exciting as seeing what Santa brought me on Christmas morning (okay, ALMOST as exciting… I really love presents.)
There was just something about the experience of decorating with my mother that made the tree so special.
[There was also usually an anecdote that accompanied buying that year’s tree; like the one year the tree flew off the car’s roof on the way home, so we just went to another lot and bought a second one. Or, the year we didn’t have enough string to secure it, so my mom just rolled down the car window and held on to the tree while driving 15 mph all the way home.]
Matt, my husband, and my mama, Mary, are two people I KNOW will read this post, perhaps the only people who will ever read this; I’ve always wondered, who reads all of these blogs? And, who thinks what they have to say is important enough that other people would want to read it.
I have two confessions to make. I’ve made fun of bloggers. I even joked about making a blog about other peoples’ blogs called “blogservations.” My other confession, I’ve spent hours reading blogs. I learned how to cook new things, upholster a chair from Goodwill, refinish our kitchen cabinets, and cut the perfect side-swept bangs…all from blogs. What confidence a good blog can give you! There are all of these people out there, sharing their knowledge, teaching from their mistakes, and helping readers create new things. What a service they are doing for others… and for me.
So, I write my blog post to my husband and my mama for tasting my food creations, going to countless antique, consignment, and Goodwill stores, sanding and priming kitchen cabinets, and for always believing me when I say, “I think I can make that.”
And, for reading this.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace…” I Peter 4:10