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Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh Tannebaum Oh Tannebaum

Decorating the family Christmas tree is definitely something I look forward to doing with our family each year.

This is a pre-lit tree...thank goodness!  The bulk of the ornaments are Hallmark, 

but there are also various sizes of colored Christmas balls, German style candle

holders with red candles, homemade popcorn garland (that I save from year to

year) and a tin star on top.

I started buying Hallmark ornaments before I was married and the tradition has

continued for over 25 years.  Our 2 kids (now adults) each get at least one

ornament every year and open them on Christmas Eve and place them on the 

tree.  It didn't take long for them to figure out that the gift they got to open on 

Christmas Eve was an ornament (and another gift was their new pajamas, our 

other tradition).

An ornament from a favorite Christmas movie...Rudolph the Red-Nosed

Reindeer.  Now we have it on DVD and don't have to wait for it to come on 

television...although my kids never liked it as much as I did as a kid.

This one was for my daughter last year...we like to have a "girl's day" and get 

We also have a tree in our family room.  This one has been decorated the same 

way for 8 or so years.  It's a tall, skinny tree that doesn't take up much room.

It's decorated with white lights and candle lights, pewter ornaments with red 

ribbon, homemade gingerbread men, draping candles, a few wood Santas, a 

cream wood bead garland, old fashioned tin icicles and a tin punched star.

There's a small tree that I put in the kitchen.  I made all the ornaments years 


The ornaments are made from cinnamon sticks, thin "slices" of wood, small

spools and small clothes pin that replicate a candle holder, and cookie cutter 

style ornaments made from a cinnamon applesauce recipe and others from 

bread and then dipped in wax.

Thanks for stopping by ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Decorating for Christmas

I've really enjoyed decorating our home for Christmas this year.
I love bringing in fresh greenery and making the house look festive.  The warm glow of Christmas lights and candles makes every room look cozy and warm.  It's the best time of the year!

Starting in our living room, this silver tray sits on our coffee table.  The Santa is from Hallmark this year; the Snowman I've had for years, but probably a T.J. Maxx purchase; and the music box in front was purchased before I was married over 25 years ago when I was stationed in Japan.  When you wind it up, the snowman dances and spins on the "ice" to the song, "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas".

I've collected Santas for about 15 years.  Some of my favorite ones...the tall skinny one in the background in front of the platter - it's made from an antique spool; the short chunky one on the far left is made from a thick wood branch; and the German "smoker" Santa in the back was purchased while on a trip my husband and I took to Germany last year.

I like using fresh greenery, white lights and lots of snow.

A small collection of snowmen...surrounded by (fake) snow. 

This antique sewing machine was a gift from my mother years ago.  It gets moved from the living room to the foyer at Christmas time to make room for our Christmas tree.  The ribbon going around the large opening into our living room is where we hang our Christmas cards.

The angel pictured here is a gift from my new friend Mary, whom I met through Susan's blog "Between Naps on the Porch".  Susan lives in Georgia and Mary and I are both followers of her blog.  I struck up an email conversation with Mary one day and after several exchanges, we realized we were neighbors!...we have lived a block from each other for 12 years and had never met!  Life is full of wonderful surprises =)

I love birdhouses and thought this little guy was cute...purchased him at Walmart early in the season...$ it!
A little Hallmark vignette on the sideboard.   

A lamp post and a garden gate

The dining room table

When decorating for Christmas, I always display the children's yearly picture with Santa.  It's always fun to look at these pictures and remember when they were taken.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our home.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Mantel

This is my first post and I'm clueless about what I'm doing...but ready to give it a shot.

Here's our family room mantel all decked out for Christmas.

It's a mix of silver pieces, Byer's carolers, and real greenery that I snagged (for free) from a local Christmas tree lot.  The silver pieces are from auctions, ebay and antiques stores; the plate is from Replacements, Ltd in North Carolina; and four of the six carolers were gifts from my husband's aunt and uncle.

Lights turned off

Lights turned on

The plate was purchased at Replacements, Ltd while on a trip to Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina.  They have a wonderful showroom with a countless selection of silver pieces, dishes and glassware.  The holly lights were a purchase at Restoration Hardware years ago.

A scrabble Merry Christmas on top of the fireplace door frame.

Mr. and Mrs. Snowman