Petite mercury glass ornaments, and my favorite glittered bird are nestled in moss atop a wooden pedestal - especially pretty at night when the votives are lit.
Taken this morning about an hour after we woke up, just as the morning light was filling the room.
The stockings are hung and ready to be filled with sweet surprises.
Antique iron urns, placed by the kitchen windows, are filled with vintage ornaments and fresh greens. And the smell of Christmas has arrived in the kitchen as well, as our sweet baker made the first batch of Christmas cookies yesterday.
And a sweet manger, given to me by a dear friend many years ago, to celebrate what Christmas is truly all about.