I’m back upstate for the holidays. And man, I was greeted to a reality check dose of winter with single digit air temps. Realfeal aka: windchill factor 10 degrees below zero. That’s Fahrenheit, of course. So, for you Celsius folks, that would be -23 degrees. It’s not quite “snot-freezing” but definitely makes for crunchy snirt.
And, all the while, I’m trying to remember how beautiful winter is. ;]
Well, it really is. And, it’s so warm and cozy in here with the wood burning stove in the great room.
I’m especially excited because for once, I’m getting to celebrate a real Christmas.
While I respect people of all faiths and beliefs, Christmas for me is all about warmth, joy, love, family and friends.
Except when one is alone.
And, I know that some of you are too.
Frankly, during the years that I’ve been alone, I found that it was only the time before, thinking about being alone that was a problem. When the day finally came, I was perfectly content to be in my own company.
However, this year I’m with my boyfriend in upstate New York and now, I’m having a taste of what others go through. And, over-all, it’s ahhhmazing!
Seriously, the flavor is quite delicious!
This year, like in other years, I’ve amassed a beautiful collection (well, I think so) of magical Christmas Decor. Or, you can call it holiday decor, winter solstice decor. Or, whatever you like.
I’ve located the most beautiful images I could find, most from some wonderful instagram accounts. They’re images from New York, New England, London, Paris and elsewhere.
So, let’s jump in. I have a Christmas party tonight at the nearest neighbors who are half a mile away!
We’ll begin with a little taste of “home.”
My boyfriend’s Mom collected these charming pieces that make up a Christmas village. This is only about two-thirds of all of it. And, yeah… I arranged everything but most of the town buildings in the back.
And, my BF, J, saved some ornaments for me to hang on the tree. First up were three darling ballerinas that he had gotten for his daughter some years ago.
Okay, let’s continue with the images that I found of magical Christmas decor.
I hope by the end, you will feel, as I always do, transformed. Or, at least ready to face the rest of your holiday preparations.
We’ll begin with a charming insta account by Briana Lyons who photographs scenes from just to the south of where I am near Lake George, NY. Glens Falls is where this image was shot. She also has many other images in upstate New York and Vermont. You may recall, we saw another gorgeous shot of Glens Falls here by Briana.
Nothing like a dash of fantasy to get one in the holiday spirit! But, alas, isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Still… No hat. Perfectly behaved children and pets. Sure, this is a husband and wife “influencer” team of Sarah Patrick and her dashing husband Kiel James Patrick, plus their “pretend child” and “pretend dog.
AND, endless amounts of exquisite photography!
In fact, the dog bennie, has his own insta page too.
via @pjhavel – Magical Christmas decor in Kennebunkport, Main
Another favorite power couple on Instagram are Jackie Greaney and her hubs, Paul J Havel
via @Jackiegreaney on instagram
Another New England magical Christmas decor classic!
Jackie and Paul are definitely in my top 20 insta accounts. But that number keeps growing.
Another insta account I love and recommend is @nineandsixteen. Interior decorator Tessa Foley has a gorgeous home and a gorgeous eye for design!
Another gorgeous insta account is by Barry Mcmenimon. Above is the most charming cottage in Duxbury, MA. Nothing quite like a classic New England Christmas
j.diegoph – magical Christmas lights on instagram
Talk about your “money shots!” Exquisite!
@kristynewengland on instagram – #bestinsnow (couldn’t resist) – And one more classic New England Christmas. Because there’s no such thing as too much of this! Plus, every image on this account is gorgeous!
If you love pristine snow in New England, (and who doesn’t?) then what better than my friend Mally Skok’s exquisite property. However, Mally is from South Africa. ’nuff said.
I have a lot of respect for folks who go to a lot of trouble to produce cool shots like this floating Christmas tree. This image by landscape photographer, Chris Phillipp is magical Christmas decor at its most magical!
source unknown, but it makes me smile.
This is another charming account featuring farmhouse style decor, and an adorable standard poodle, named Ruby.
Ruby in the bathroom decked out for Christmas!
And, closing out our American magical Christmas decor with two adorable goldens obviously reveling in the magic of Christmas! Or, at least their owners are! Many more fun golden retrievers on this instagram account.
Time to move on to Europe! (and also some urban images from the USA)
And, what can be more magical than the holiday lights in Paris. This is from the well-known shopping Galleries Lafayette
I love shots where folks don’t realize that they’re being photographed. Or, if they do, they’re not letting on that they know that they do!
via @me_and_mango on instagram – magical Christmas Decor in Vienna – Ahhmazing photo!
via @musingsofemma on instagram – The oft-photographed Natural History Museum in London
Above and below beautiful holiday images in London by @jm_mcphee on instagram
I gather that these evergreens are naturally white? Anyone know what these are called? I’m sure many of you do!
nyc_morgan – Lotte New York Palace – Formerly the Helmsley Palace
Much beauty here!
Another cool image by @nyc_morgan – Cartier – Christmas New York City
via @jssilberman – Beautiful New York City in the snow.
And, that is the end of this year’s magical Christmas Decor.
If you’d like to see what I’ve done in year’s past here are some other posts with more of the same.
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