Friday, December 23, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I have to admit, these are some of my favourite days of the year.

I am enjoying today immensely. It's so close to Christmas (something that has seemed even more exciting this year with Willen being old enough to enjoy and anticipate the festivities that come with the season)!

My shopping is done, presents are already wrapped, dinners planned, and my house is being cleaned and readied for this coming weekend.

We have a very relaxing Christmas planned this year. Christmas Eve day will be spent together as a family, then we will be off to our Christmas Eve service, followed by our annual Christmas party at our family's farm. We'll open our gifts Christmas morning, then head to my parents for breakfast. The evening will be spent at Ryan's parents for Christmas dinner and then we are back at the farm again for dinner on Boxing Day.

In short, lots of family, and lots of food.
Just how we love it.

Anyway, I've been preoccupied and haven't gotten around to posting much this season, but I have a few last things to share before the end of the year. I'm very much looking forward to a quiet rest of the year.

Here is the rest of our house decorated, wrapped gifts and a few other details.

Have a very Merry Christmas and may you be blessed this coming year.
The Heikoops

Our stockings and decorated banister.

Gifts wrapped and ready for our family celebrations.

I used simple white newsprint, thin twine, and vintage stamps to wrap my gifts this year.

We don't have a mantel so I always decorate the piano. Simple White Pine garland, which smells so lovely, wrapped with white lights and a few cream pillar candles.

We (Willen) are making a small dent in our gingerbread house. He did eventually figure out it was a giant cookie that he could eat!

Sweet and simple. They remind me of something you would send to family years ago when you couldn't be with them on Christmas. I found that really homey.

The stamps were found at Anthropologie - $6/ pack.


  1. merry christmas. your gift wrapping is beautiful.

  2. Hi Maria,
    Beautiful home!! And I adore your wrapping, it looks just wonderful!
    Have a beautiful and joyous Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas!!! Today my son and I made gingerbread also!!!

  4. Merry Christmas! Love your bannister :)
    I too wrapped my gifts with the vintage stamps from Anthro...they look so sweet on our white and brown kraft paper!!

  5. How beautiful your home is...wishing you peace this holiday season! Xoxoxo

  6. Merry Christmas...I absolutely love your gift wrapping! Robx

  7. Gorgeous! Love your stockings and that white newsprint and stamps are beautiful!
    Thank for sharing!
    Merry Christmas!!

    Deborah xo

  8. Beautiful packages!
    Merry Christmas!
    Hug Hanne

  9. Bedankt lieverd voor je gezelligheid steun en liefde van het afgelopen jaar......liefs van

    Thanks my darling for your fun loving and support over the past from


    Fijne Kerstdagen,
    Merry Christmas,
    Glaedelig Jul,
    Merry Christmas,
    Joyeux Noel,
    God Jul,

  10. Merry Christmas to you, Maria! Wishing you a blessed, joy filled holiday with friends and family! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  11. I adore the simplicity of your wrapping. Just lovely!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  12. Lovely gift wrappings! Gorgeous decors! Have a happy holiday, Kellie xx

  13. Absolutely magical Maria, and so unique....I love your parcels. Your Christmas must have been lovely...N.xo

  14. It's so obvious... you're so dedicated when Christmas is nearly coming. Well, in fact that's good. Seemed so organized!


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