The holidays are close, our oldest is soon coming to visit, we have begun to decorate the house as proof to ourselves, that we keep up the spirits even now, especially in honor of our beloved dog, who always enjoyed family gatherings and the living room, which had been "his" domain....
He presided over all, on top of the large ottoman. We now have re-arranged the room a little, to give us all a chance to come to terms with his absence.
Traditionally we always have the tree at the spot, where usually his crate stands and this year the tree will replace it and then we will find something new in that space.
For now, we have a small memorial on top of his crate.
We will set up the tree on the third Advent weekend with our children.
There is nothing we can do about it and I feel it's better to change things rather quickly.
Thank goodness for the sunshine outside, it helps me in particular to keep my mood up and trying to enjoy the days ahead.
Pine cones, a cicada shell and a seed pod share a display at the window in the dining room.
The Buddha sits on top of the piano and watches calmly over all proceedings.
We have picked greenery and branches and have put them in large and small vases, I love simple arrangements, without to much fuss and easy to change, once needles start falling.
We have our small collection of smoking men and the Pyramid, things we've had for as long as I can think at Christmas time.
There are wreaths hanging on the bay windows, greeting neighbors, friends and us, when coming here. Small candles sit in every window, glowing warmly at night. The wreath at the door lites up at night as well, I love the festive glow, which I can see, when I drive up at night!
I decorated the small evergreen on our front porch with dried seed pods, hydrangeas, ivy and grasses.
I am sure, you all out there have your own wonderful traditions and I would love to hear from you, which are dearest to your hearts!
Enjoy these days, slow down, if you can, and just remember it is not all about shopping. Gather your memories, your loved ones, hold them close and share lots of laughter!
All images by V.Zlotkowski