Sometimes living in a snowy, cold Northern climate is backbreaking work, shoveling, chopping ice, being sure lanterns and flashlights are always ready, bringing in firewood, etc. Other times it can be nice and picturesque. When I lived in Houston there was no snow, of course. The winter weather there was very similar to the March and April weather here, lots of rain. I had always liked snowmen and living far away from snow, I started to collect them. I have many groupings and collections in my home, but this is one of the few that I have actively built myself, looking for just the perfect friends to add to our little family. None of these are vintage from my dad's basement!For winter I have a cute snowman light on my entry table, surrounded by many other friends. The table is flanked with prelit LCD trees I got from my friends at QVC.The pots that they are in are bathroom trash cans from Target! They're perfect for holding the large battery pack for the lights, and sturdy enough to put outdoors on either side of the steps if I am having guests in the evening. In front of the fireplace I have the snowman throw rug with the flocked evergreen and the two tall snowmen.The mantle is thick with snowpeople made of all sorts of materials, china, crystal, wood, fabric, tin, anything goes!The only "rule" I follow when buying new snowpeople is that they cannot be blantantly Christmas. Maybe holding a candy cane or having holly, but that's it. In the dining room I have them in my corner cupboard.
I keep my snow friends on display through the end of February, usually.
How do you decorate to brighten the dreary winter days?