Thursday, December 22, 2011

Our Southwestern Christmas

This post is really for my Mum and Dad because they wanted to see how we had decorated the house for Christmas but, of course, anyone else who is into Christmas is welcome to read on too. Where else to start but at the front door, festive with red bow.

Where does that messy wire on the left of the picture lead too? To our little baby Saguaro Cactus who is decked out for the holidays. It looks very pretty at night all lit up, however during the day the hummingbirds get very angry when they can't get any nectar out of the red bulbs and they keep buzzing it.

Inside the front hall we have a pressed metal Christmas tree from Mexico

My mate was a little perturbed when he saw me dragging a large branch in through the front door (it barely fit) but he liked the end result.

A place to put all the 'fuzzy' animal decorations that we have collected over the years.

They seem much more in their element in a natural wood setting rather than amongst twinkling Christmas lights.

There is a very brief nod towards the concept of a white Christmas but nothing remotely chilly here.

I didn't clear the wrapping stuff off the table for the photo but you get the general idea, simple and red.

Chilli's always feature strongly and they make a very festive wreath (smells pretty yummy too!)

The fireplace is swathed and I was so excited when I managed to find Christmas stockings with Saguaro Cactus on them! Who would have thought?

Last but not least is of course the Christmas tree and I have had a great time over the last couple of months scouring ebay, shops and farmers markets looking for appropriate ornaments.

A buffalo

Prickly Pear Cactus

The omnipresent chili peppers

Reptiles of numerous species and colours

The Wily Coyote howling at the moon

And of course, no tree would be complete without several different Saguaro Cactus ornaments

Happy Christmas everyone and I hope you all have a very Happy and Healthy Festive Season wherever you may be in the world.


Arija said...

So nice to see you posting again. Love your decorations, especially the chilli wreath and all those animals.

Have a peaceful and wonderful Christmas and a completely wonderful new year!

eileeninmd said...

Your decorations are so cute, I love all the animals. You decorated your home beautifully. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Thank you for sharing a peek at some of your holiday decor. You are truly in your element and seem right at home now. I love the southwestern way of decorating, too.
Poor little hummers so confused about the red lights on your baby saguaro. lol!
But at least you do have hummers there. Ours would have been buried by our latest 2 feet of snowfall!

Just wanted to say....Merry Christmas from Lisa and the entire herd at the Laughing Orca Ranch!!