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Rustic Chic Christmas Decor

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We never got our tree or Christmas decorations up last year since we were gone the last half of the month, so we’re making up for it this year and getting it up tonight. Here are a few of my favorite festive finds for getting the house (and those of us in it) in the holiday spirit!

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Grey, black and red plaid pashmina shawl from ; and Waldorf stuffed reindeer with white with red stitching from .

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Faribault virgin wool buffalo check blanket and wooden crate from Kaufmann-Mercantile.

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(From top left:) Fabric plush evergreen Christmas trees from knit baby cap and socks with jacquard merino wool from red rose floral crown from festive red and green moss felted acorns from .

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Christmas tree cotton and burlap pillow cover from .

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Mini Christmas tree with felted garland and snowballs from holiday reindeer stamp from .

Christmas Chevron - Dog Collar

Christmas chevron dog collar from .

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Blessings from Around the World

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Ralph Waldo Emerson_Prayer

Although I don’t pray nearly as often as I should, I remember my grandfather’s prayer before meals. I think these words will always be with me.

Dear heavenly father, 
We thank you for our lives, for this food,
And for our many blessings.
Be with us during this meal, 
And be with all of our loved ones.
Amen.

family prayers

I found these prayers on canvas, that I think are a nice touch in a home like ours where the prayers are in our hearts, but not always said aloud. (Okay, and I admit the Jesus and germs one is not a prayer, but it’s cute and I want it in our bathroom.)

Clockwise from top left:
Irish blessing, from the Sew Loved Shop; Bless the food before us, from Little Life Designs; Wash your hands, from LaceyFields; Children’s prayer, from KinderType.

Bless this Food - ancient blessings and contemporary graces from around the world

I received this book the other day, Bless This Food: Ancient & Contemporary Graces from Around the World, which is filled with just that – beautiful family prayers and blessings rich in tradition from various cultures.

And while I’m not even going to think about Thanksgiving yet, fall is just around the corner and it’s a season that has a way of bringing families closer together and around the table for the comforts of a home cooked meal. So, although it’s 110 degrees here in Arizona and it’s hard to see the end of summer in sight, I’ll say one of these prayers tonight to wish the speedy return of nice weather when we can sleep with our windows open and go for long walks without being drenched in sweat in the first quarter mile.

“The occasional gathering for prayer, no matter how brief, keeps the heart and mind in touch with the most fundamental of joys: belonging,” says Bless This Food author, Adrian Butash. He selected prayers and blessings from all over the world, and from various religions and traditions, along with the work of great poets, thinkers and activists: Shakespeare, Milton, Gandhi and Mother Teresa, to name a few.  Below is a sampling of some of these works:

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Oh Deer!

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Since I live far, far from the woods, I get my woodland critter fix during the holidays through all things crafty, cute and cuddly.  Here are a few of my faves of the season so far featuring Rudolph and many of his cousins.

reindeer christmas gift bags and holiday tags

Cute reindeer Christmas gift tags from Justabitofpaper (left) and a set of three mini kraft paper gift bags with glittery reindeer by oscarandollie (right).

baby reindeer hatI need to learn to crochet!  Look at this teeny tiny baby reindeer hat from JojosBootique! Photo by Amy Cullen Photography.

reindeer holiday cookies

Reindeer holiday cookies from Elle & Blair. Check out their site to get the recipe for these cheery reindeer treats with yummy chocolate covered mini pretzels and red M&Ms.

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DIY Garland

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Check out these great DIY garland ideas – just in time for the holidays!  Since I have boxes and boxes of wine corks in the garage, I think this top wine cork garland is a must-do for the Christmas tree this year.

DIY wine cork garland by Gray Harper on The Knotty BrideDIY wine cork garland by event planner Gray Harper on The Knotty Bride

paper garland

Pretty, pretty paper garland by Mara May

fabric garland

Shabby chic fabric garland by A Petite Soiree 

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