I don’t normally write about other homes, but I do talk about travel with my family. I am also focusing this Christmas on finding ways to enjoy time with my family, and searching for an inner peace and contentment away from the frenzy and excess that can be Christmas. We just returned from a week long trip to Florida with our family, and each day we did something with the boys. One of those activities was a visit to Bok Tower Gardens in Wales City, which is about an hour East of Orlando. They decorate Pinewood Estate, the home at Bok Tower Gardens for Christmas. I love touring historic homes, and I love Christmas decorations. For me, this is one of the nicest Christmas homes that I have seen in a long time. It really inspired me to come home and decorate for the holidays, which is well under the way right now.
I have lost count of all of the colds that my Littles have had this year. Too many to count, and it’s just now becoming the peak cold season. My pediatrician told me that young children average 14 colds a year. Fourteen… and if each cold lasts approximately a week, that means that 14 weeks a year my Little Boys will be sick. And when the are several Littles, germs are shared and colds last longer and work their way through a family. No wonder it feels like someone is always sick in our house– it’s probably true! This means that we go through a lot of the standard cold supplies around here, especially Kleenex, meaning we have them in every room, and we need to buy them in bulk. However, I’ve decided that there isn’t a reason that they can’t look festive for this holiday season. Since the holidays are right in the middle of cold and flu season, I felt that spreading a little holiday cheer with a festive Kleenex box would be a great decoration, as well as something to share with friends and family.
I was driving along the other day, and this memory of a scene from the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland popped into my mind. Alice is lost in the Tulgey Woods and sees these spooky eyes in the woods. (If you are really curious about the image, a quick Google image search for Tulgey Woods, should yield the image that I am referring to.) Then I started thinking about all of the times, this image appeared in animated movies for situations where people are lost and scared– Brightly colored eyes reflecting back from the woods. I decided to see if I could recreate this look with Halloween luminaries. I know traditionally that luminaries are paper, and I love the look of paper luminaries. For this project, I used jars and glow sticks, so we could reuse the luminaries, and given the busyness of the Little Monkey’s chubby little hands these days, I wanted to reduce fire risk.