I received my first gift of Christmas on Monday evening. I was surprised to receive a phone call from my friend, Marie - asking if she could stop by. I put on a pot of coffee, and eagerly anticipated her visit. Unfortunately, it seems that lately our paths head in opposite directions - and so any opportunity to get together is welcome.
A short while later, she and her lovely daughter appeared at our front door with this sweet gift.
Not just the origami paper tree.
Not just the ball ornaments.
But a tree filled with both!
I mulled it over in my dreams, and found the perfect spot to put the tree.
And then I started collecting things from the Christmas boxes and drawers.
A snow man for height.
A red plate. Used for birthdays during the year, we often bring this plate out at Christmas as well. It reminds us of our worth - because of Christ. Because of the baby in the manger. The one we celebrate.
A glass cookie jar with a red lid. I filled it with cookie cutters, a small "JOY" cross-stitch, and Christmas ornaments from forgotten places. These ornaments don't have sentimental places in our hearts, and so I felt they were "up for grabs" for a project like this one.
Back in September, I found this great little Christmas-red crock, and thought I'd save it for a Christmas Project. Today, I filled it with gold ball ornaments and a glittery poinsettia.
And lastly, I used a favorite Christmas dishtowel as a tree skirt.
The final vignette.
All inspired by that
sweet origami-filled tree.