Christmas 2013, our golden Christmas. A lot of love, a lot of memories and a lot of gold, literally. I naively bought gold glitter wrapping paper to go with our white and gold color scheme and boy was that a sparkly mess. I digress. A special Christmas none the less.
An early Christmas gift to Mister Mister from Lovey and I.
My Christmas Eve gift to the boys, light up remote control cars. I had eyed these on the Christmas toy palooza, that is the home shopping network come December, for a couple of years and finally caved. There were no regrets.
Who needs rose-colored glasses when you have Christmas tree tinted ones?! Just saying.
He asked Santa for Hot Wheels and a yo-yo. Santa came through on both requests!A tire shaped yo-yo to go with the Hot Wheels, Santa is so witty.Always adding to Mister Mister’s Arizona Cardinals collection.Such a cutie.Lovey received a train table as a gift from Mister Mister and I and the boys spent hours putting it together and then playing.Cozy new blanket cuddles.Christmas flowers from my boys.Our Christmas dinner that I prepared.Christmas card love, one of my very favorite kinds of love. xo
After a visit with Mister Mister’s parents and gift exchange followed by Christmas Eve dinner we then spent the rest of the evening at The Grotto’s Festival of Lights, a local church sanctuary’s Christmas celebration. The paths were illuminated with scriptures.A procession of angels appeared to fly above through the trees.There was a petting zoo with goats and a baby lama, as well as a biblically based puppet shows for the kids.A breath-taking nativity scene was nestled into the cove of a mountain.Candle lit prayers lined the walls.
The church was lit up beautifully inside and out for midnight mass.There were “prayer trees” that guests were welcomed to contribute to. A lovely gesture of community and touching experience as we read through them.
Mister Mister always says that one of the things he most looks forward to coming home to after a long day at work is how inviting our home always smells when he opens the front door. With that in mind, I look forward to each season and incorporating its iconic scents into our space. Fall is always my favorite, perhaps it most reminds me of the scents around my childhood home as I was growing up and I find comfort in that. It’s amazing what a key role scent plays in our memories. Fall scents run from the first of September through Thanksgiving day in our home. Thanksgiving night or even the next day begins Christmas scents as decorating is in full swing. It may be odd that I have a rotating scent schedule but I like to plan ahead so it works for me!
Bath & Body Works is my favorite, they never disappoint and I prefer them over Yankee and even Scentsy. I usually pick one to two scents that work together nicely. I’m a bargain shopper and love a sale and discount. I never pay full price so I am able to get enough to last the entire season and extras to share with friends and family. I like to share the smelly goodness!
Last fall I chose Pumpkin Cupcake and Nutmeg Spice. This year they offered the entire Pumpkin Cupcake line which I went with again but they only offered the wallflower plug-in bulbs in the Nutmeg Spice. New this year was the entire line of Harvest Gatherings. I instantly fell in love with the name and the scent so I had found our fall scent duo…
Pumpkin Cupcake: “Satisfy your sweet tooth with the scent of a freshly baked pumpkin cupcake covered in loads of rich buttercream frosting.” — My all time favorite fall scent each year. As long as they continue to offer it, it will be a staple scent in our home!
Harvest Gathering: “Enjoy the richness of Autumn in this mixture of red apple, cinnamon leaf and tart cranberry,” — Replacing Nutmeg Spice from last year, this is a truly fall scent, evoking chilly mornings and cozy evening by the fire.
I like to layer the scents between wall flower plug-ins – giving off the constant scent. Candles – for cozying up with my boys in the evenings. Antibacterial hand soap, simply a given and room spray – for an extra burst of scent love.