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The Beauty of Seasonal Decorating

Last weekend, I finally got around to dressing my front window for my fall harvest display.

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The week before that, I finally got around to planting mums – my favorite fall flowers – in my front garden.

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Each season, I try to decorate the front of my home to reflect God’s beauty and warmth.  I decorate for Valentines Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (I have to hold myself back from decorating for St. Patrick’s Day – and I’m so jealous of those who do. Am I sure I’m not Irish?)

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This lovely Pilgrim couple makes an appearance every year.  I prominently display them in my front window under a banner of leaves which reads “Give Thanks“.

And what would Thanksgiving be without Indians?

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Now that wouldn’t be very authentic at all. Which is why I had to make this guy from scratch.

The craft store that I brought the Pilgrim couple from didn’t think it was necessary to stock their Indian contemporary, so I brought a male Pilgrim, stripped him of his clothing and hair, and replaced it with a brown top with fur trim.  I also gave him braids and a beaded necklace. And there you have it!

But he is single because I didn’t buy another Pilgrim to craft into a suitable wife for him. Poor guy. I think he’s going to die alone.

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This is Mickey. He’s our newest addition to the garden. (My, my! look at how that yellow mum is already dying!) Before Mickey came along this guy, Mr. Crow ruled the roost…

Thansgiving Crow

I like the crow a lot more. I’m not sure what mice have to do with Thanksgiving, but after years of display in the harsh elements the crow gave up the ghost and fell apart. You can bet he’s missed around these here parts.

It brings joy to my heart to see the front of my home all lit up and beautifully decorated, and it pleases my family (and hopefully passerby) as well. And while seasonal decorating is my labor of love for my family, sometimes it feels more like all labor.

Here’s what I mean.

I’m weary from hauling boxes of decorations up from my basement and having it’s contents strewn all over my living room floor. I’ve grown tired of taking the time necessary to unwrap and sort out decorations, and then display them. It takes a good bit of time to pull that off. But I have to keep reminding myself that when I decorate I’m participating with God in creating beauty in the earth; and I’m also following His example.

I believe that our homes should be a mini representation of heaven; a representation of who we are and what we believe. And I believe that the greatest account of creativity is found in the pages of the Bible.

The Bible tells us that the very first thing God did was to create. He created beauty and order. He created the heavens and the earth and went on to fill the earth with the many marvelous and splendid things we see today: like our beautiful blue skies and lush green landscapes.  The colors and “textures” He chose were visually stunning; a virtual feast to the eyes!

Just like my Father in heaven, I want to use my creativity to create an environment that my family can thrive in; an environment that is visually stunning and appealing to my loved ones and to all who enter my home. I want to partner with the Lord to create beauty in the earth. My Little House on the Freeway is my little domain to cultivate; my little bit of heaven on earth.

My home may be a humble dwelling, but that doesn’t stop me from beautifying it to the best of my abilities or using it to display God’s love and and attributes, and creating an environment that is warm and inviting.

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 Happy Fall from my home to yours!

Tiffiney

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