We're not so much a household that celebrates Christmas in the 'traditional' sense, but being in North America, we both did grow up with the idea of the 'winter holidays'. It's a time for family and friends, generosity, eating yum-yums, and for me, a little bit of decorating (definitely more myself than the better half). And we do celebrate Yule (or Winter Solstice).
I really can't be bothered to spend a tonne of money and time decorating the whole house, but I do pay special attention to our altar (handmade and natural is always best in this department anyways). Over time I have accumulated different ornies made by others and myself, vintage finds and hand-me-downs, and I have made a few this year.
We do have a tree, but it is not typical (at least not for the North!). We deck our banana tree, which doesn't seem to mind too much. Lol.
Here are a few ornies I made this year:
I found the design for the sheep at The Krazy Kraft Lady's Blog. Mine is obviously a tad bit different lacking the little heart and tag, and is made of an old stained towel, wool socks, a vintage button, a safety pin and rusty bell, and some hemp twine.
The birdies were made from left over fabric and ribbon, and some buttons and safety pins that were laying around.
I also made some dried apple ornaments, and there is a pretty good how-to over at Hometraditions.
A few other shots
Cute little owl from Hibou Boutique
A wreath put together a couple of years ago. A local woman made the wreath out of grape vines, and I added the bells, ribbon and bottle cap.
A pretty little ornie made by my Grandma some years back with dried flowers from her garden.
A hand-me-down from Grandma. I am assuming it's pretty old school.
Little vintage birdies waiting for a pillar candle.
Winter scene painted on slate by Canadian artist Mark S Tolangen