It's December!


The season of sparkle is upon us and my brief post-Thanksgiving respite (and autumn mourning) is over. This weekend I’ll be decking the halls and sing-songing merrily on high. If only I could also be walkin’ in a winter wonderland… alas, the frigid temps for Ridgefield’s annual Holiday Stroll tonight will have to do.

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One of the many beauties of Christmas is that even when it seems like there are a million things to be done, they’re not chores. Festive tasks and activities to be enjoyed, even wallowed in, are generally blissful experiences.

The streets bustle and passers-by all seem to be gregarious. “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” replace hellos and goodbyes, an extra twinkle evident in each set of eyes. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

That being said, we took a brief break from holiday-ing after last week’s feast, but we’ll be going full steam ahead this weekend as we get trees for both our home and my parents’, hang wreathes, and fill our tiny cottage with touches of cheer. We seem to be a little behind the times in the decorating department as so many people take care the weekend of Thanksgiving, but we like a transition out of fall, and I’m sure we can’t be the only folks to do so. In that spirit, and for those who still have some decorating to do or to help with, I’ve rounded up a couple of my favorite articles for DIY wreathes and bows. (Oh, and some sweet treats I’ll be trying in the next week…you knew that was coming!)

So make a hot toddy and add some extra cheer, help a neighbor, or try a new treat. When it comes to Christmas, less isn't more.

DIY wreath, bow, + ornaments

This wreath à la One CrafDIY Girl is actually pretty traditional but a sleek and minimalist ribbon style keeps it ever fresh. (Psst! She’s using my favorite red plaid ribbon… an unwired rendition can be found here.)

You can always depend on Martha Stewart for life’s classic party and home how-to’s. These links are technically for package bows, but can easily be applied to a wreath bow and/or wired ribbon. For more classic looks, try the three different bows in this article, and for some more contemporary styles (and my voluminous favorite the “rosette” — #2) check out this quick video.

At Charlotte’s House is one of my favorite follows/reads, if not just for her bubbly and hilarious (and sometimes sarcastic) captions. She is a super-talented designer and home DIYer though, and she does a fab 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments series for think-outside-the-box ornament ideas. I particularly love Day 1 and Day 7!

a sweet treat (or two)

Caramels, toffee, and butter crunch are December must-haves in my candy dish, and this recipe for Maple Bourbon Caramels by Elisabeth & Butter has me hooked. I’m a sucker for these creamy candies in general, and when you throw in maple and my beloved bourbon, we have a deal. (I’ll keep you posted in my Instagram Stories!)

There’s just something about popcorn… Farmhouse Pottery’s Salted Maple Butter Popcorn will be filling my bowl (and quite possibly the crack between the sofa cushions) this Sunday to be sure!