One of our favourite activities to do during the Christmas season is to simply drive around our neighbourhood to see all the light displays along the street. Although there are many tree lighting ceremonies throughout the city, some of the most unique and inspiring ones are those around the block.
Every house meticulously prepared for the holiday season, showcasing a twinkle of lights like stars in the sky. The vibrant personalities of homeowners shine through as you drive by a lawn covered with displays of Santa, reindeer and a multicolour of lights. Or a quiet house with pretty winter wreaths, simple white lanterns, and a soft and subtle flicker of Christmas tree lights peeking through the front window.
As school pageants, concerts and parties bring in the joy, what strikes me the most is the diversity of this celebration, and how each of us celebrate holidays differently. Different traditions, rituals and food...all seemingly on a quest...to bring loved ones together.
Sometimes it's difficult to appreciate this or any "holiday quest". It's easy to get caught up with all the glitz of decorations and the glam of appealing storefronts enticing you to buy, buy, buy!
So this year, I decided to take a much more laid back approach...at least with my Christmas decorating. I used simple white ornaments to decorate the tree. I cut up some burlap for the garland. I just placed little white bows on our mantle garland.
Just as the lights on the neighbourhood houses represent the personalities of their homeowner, for me, beyond the "reason for the season", our lights represent a peaceful time to reflect and to be grateful for what we have at home.
Because no matter how many lights are displayed on the rooftops, driveways and sidewalks, it's what's inside our homes and the love within, that makes the light in the house, truly shine.
Simple Paper Tea Light Candle Holders
(for battery-operated tea lights only)
Inspired by the little porcelain ornaments that house some of the Christmas lights on my tree, I wanted to create something simple and easy to house my battery operated tea light candles. (please use battery operated for this craft...we don't want any fires started!). This also makes a sweet little Christmas themed night light for a child's room, with little cost and effort.
- Wedding favour gift boxes (found at Michaels or your local dollar store).
- Scissors/exacto knife
- Hole Punch
- Battery operated tea light candles
- Open the boxes until it is flat.
- Using a ruler, draw out the roof (at the top of the box). Draw out the door and windows, or just hole punch (using various shaped holes, if desired).
- Cut along the lines.
- Assemble the box.
- Place the battery operated tea light candles inside.