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Christmas 2018.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas! We sure did. As you may remember we skipped Christmas last year (and it was wonderful) but maybe as a result this year I was really looking forward to it and wanted to make it special. I´m not a big seasonal decorator and I´m very picky with Christmas stuff but by my standards I went all out with "decking the halls". Not to blow my own trumpet but I loved the display in the dining room. Cheap amaryllis from Aldi and the wooden stars my husband made two years ago go a long way. Horse is very pleased.

Two pictures that have a deeper meaning to me as they show two of this year´s building sites. In the living room we had to get our chimney fixed shortly before Christmas (like 5 days before) and the builders had to open up the entire wall. With jack hammers, meaning there was coal dust everyhwere. Ugh. But all is well that ends well and we had a working wood stove this Christmas, yay! To the right is the little entry to the loft of our barn (which is now accessible from our deck). You may know* that we had to fix the roof of our barn this summer and we took the opportunity to convert the loft into a ... well we don´t know yet what it will be. Right now it´s a big room with beautiful large roof windows, bare brick walls, wooden beams and lots of character. But the great barn renovation of 2018 is a story to tell in another post! 

This year´s Christmas tree is my favorite so far. I was concerned about the dogs trying to eat the decoration so I bought felt ornaments and combined them with simple wooden ornaments that I already had. It turned out just how I hoped and all animals are thankfully completely ignoring the tree. For all of you wondering, these are fake candles which are very common in Germany! I´m thinking of starting an export business because I get so many questions about them every time I post a picture. 

I took some of my favorite "real" ornaments and put them on a mossy tree in the dining room, well out of reach for the dogs! Our cats by the way have never been interested in that kind of thing. 

I made that table decoration a few weeks ago for an advent gathering but used it again yesterday. I realized too late that I didn´t have enough matching candles but I think the white and yellow combo is actually very pretty! 

Christmas cookies! I am so proud I managed to bake eight varieties this year and they are all very good. 

Technically I wanted to show you the very beautiful birthday bouqet I got from my husband, but it doesn´t photograph well. Anyway here is a glimpse of the wallpaper we installed in the kitchen shortly before Christmas - it´s "Strawberry Thief" by Morris. I´m absolutely in love with it! I am going to post more pictures as soon as there´s more light in this room. Are we all glad that solstice is over and we will have more day light again soon? I sure am. And very soon it´s a brand new year in which I promise to blog more often. New years resolution!
*If you follow me in Instagram I fear everything here is repetitive... but at least there are better pictures! 

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Reader Comments (4)

Dear Katrin,
Thank you for your post!
I always enjoy your beautiful pictures!
I really love the atmosphere in your house! The wooden doors are real beauties!
Oh I am in love with your Morris wallpaper in your kitchen! So beautiful!
I am curious what you will make of the space you have now up in your barn.
Did the mistletoe grow in one of your trees in your garden?
Last summer I was driving from Meinsdorf in the direction of Lutherstadt Wittenberg and I saw
a bunch of mistletoe laying on the road, I still feel sorry I did not drove back to pick it up.
Your cookies look so delicious! 8 varieties you made! You German women are very famous of your baking!
I only did two sorts of cookie baking....... you know the Dutch they offer you a cookie and then close the cookie jar....
I wish you a very happy and healthy 2019 and I really hope you keep on posting! I sure enjoy it very much!
Wish yoiu all the best! einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr und liebe Kuschel fuer deine liebe Hunde!

December 28, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterinkiemulder

I love Strawberry Thief. It's so rich in colour and pattern. It will be a thrill to see when you enter the kitchen each morning. The colours are gorgeous in all these photo, indeed they anticipate the colours of Strawberry Thief in the last photos. And the wooden stars are great. Happy New Year to all of you at your home.

December 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSally

I might love the William Morris wallpaper more than you do! It is so beautiful.❤️ Happy, healthy 2019 to all

January 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRhody

The wallpaper is stunning!

January 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

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