Is that Sleigh Bells I Hear?

With the extreme cold that Missouri just got hit with yesterday and the fact it is almost November my thoughts are turning toward Christmas. 

(It also helps when I am designing a little something for Christmas too!)
This year, I am anxiously looking forward to it.  Maybe it is because Christmas makes me so happy... hearing the beautiful music, the smell of fresh baked Christmas goodies and all the family traditions that we hold so dear.

This year, I am preparing to entertain at my house for Christmas and it being Janna's senior year I want this to be so special. 

So I am starting early making my lists (and checking them twice), getting cards made, menus planned...

and the house spruced up for Christmas.  Yes, because I work outside of the home, the Christmas decorations will come down from the attic right after Halloween so I can leisurely pull down the fall decorations while cleaning and put up the festive Christmas decor.

In my younger days, fall decorations came down and Christmas went up in my house in less than 2 days.  I was up at before the sun rose puttering, cleaning and then up way too late those days.  Now that I am older, I want to enjoy it more. 
That's at least what I tell myself.   I no longer want to move at break neck speed anymore.  And because we celebrate our Thanksgiving at my sister's house each year, I don't mind that mine is already decorated for Christmas since I host one of our favorite parties the weekend after Christmas with a dear friend and her girls!

This weekend, I will be making my ornaments for our annual Ornament Party along with enjoying a little Christmas planning.  I might even be playing Christmas music...  Shhhh...
don't tell my hubby!

If you are interested, this Christmas Keepsake Box and Card Kit is available at The Scrappy Gourmet.  It will definitely put you in the Christmas mood and get a head start on those Christmas Cards!

Are you getting ready for Christmas too?  Please tell me I am not the only one!

Wishing you a beautiful day, sweet friends.


traci said...

you are so talented. love them. we got the cold last night. i did look through a christmas magazine last night so i must be moving in that direction.

Hearts Turned said...

Beautiful, Sheila! Love your style, my friend! I'm getting SO very ready for girls are even more ready than I am! They want to start playing Christmas music already--I'm telling them to hold of just a little's hard, though!

Wishing you a cozy, creative day!


Julie Marie said...

Hi Sheila, everything looks so festive!... I am not ready for Christmas yet though... although our weather here looks like it!... we got hit with snow yesterday and today it is 27 degrees... brrr!... I want Autumn to linger a bit longer... I usually decorate for Christmas in time to turn all of our lights on Thanksgiving night... enjoy creating!... xoxo Julie Marie

Leah C said...

I actually listened to a Christmas song the other day...okay, my playlist was on "shuffle" while I was driving so it played randomly...but still, I didn't switch it off! Aren't you proud?;)
As for the other stuff, not there yet. Of course, the girls and I are always ready for our Christmas Tea party {when we don't drink tea}!!
P.S. The Christmas kit is darling!