I wrote a post on fall decorating, so I thought a Christmas one would be fun, too.
Come with me on a tour of our home (if you are so inclined):)
We keep the Christmas cards/newsletters we receive in this tin “Merry Christmas” container. Of course, the ones with pictures go on the refrigerator.
This is the second year we have done a silver, black, white and sparkly Christmas tree.
We made the marble looking balls last year (click here for how-to). We made silver pipe cleaner snowflakes(there is one bottom left corner) and paper circles with mini round mirrors in the center of them (up top by star toward the right). This tree is a favorite of mine because my girls little hands created most of the ornaments, and because it is so sparkly, especially at night with the lights low.
The basket of books hold all our children’s Christmas books. We have a tradition of buying a new one every Christmas. We try to get through them every year, usually grabbing one to read as a family after dinner, if we have time. I have a favorite this year, click here, it is a must see!
This is a broken bookshelf that I now use as a magazine holder. I had some extra Christmas balls so I thought they would look merry hanging on the top. I think they are happy, do you?
My sister in law (the same one who made this journal for me) bought me the 2 candles and middle center piece for my birthday this year. Does she know how to pick the best gifts or what?? She knows I love circles, my eyes did a little dance when I took the polka dot candles out of the gift bag. I just love them. The glass holder has Christmas balls in it. She gave me the extra balls which were fun using in other parts of my house (like the magazine rack above). The 2 trees I found at a garage sale. My table is set for a Christmas ladies lunch, which I will write about soon.
We do not have a mantle, so the windows are our stockings home. These are fun, fuzzy cream ones. I am concerned for them, after 4 years they are looking a bit dingy. I am not sure how to wash them, any suggestions? This chair is usually in the living room corner where the tree is now. I have to say I love it here, and use it more often. I sit in it at night, covered in my cozy blanket with hot tea and a book.
Here is where I used some of the extra balls from my birthday gift. Ha! My same sis-in-law bought me those shiny red ball candle holders, too!! Ok, she really rocks.
I don’t really like what I did here, but I am too lazy to think about it and change it. I do love the little nativity snow globe. My daughter collects snow globes, and we could not pass this one up last year when we saw it. It plays the song “Away In A Manger”
The nativity set on the lower shelf is one we have had a long time. It is falling apart, but we still put it out every year.:) It still very special and my girls love it.
If you look closely, there are 3 mason:) jars behind my peace sign. We use them for a behavior/reward system we use for our girls. Again, a future post!
On to the kitchen. Pretty simple in here. There is my favorite Christmas mug from my Carma friend. It came with a coffee gift card in it. Perfect gift in my opinion! I’m spoiled.
These are usually filled with Christmas candy, but I thought these decorative balls
would be a bit more healthy!
Saying hello from our throne room. The little star ornament was handmade from Nepal
and given to me by my aunt who works with Tiny Hands International. If you have not yet, check out this post about the awesomeness of this ministry.
This is hanging above the throne.
We got snow today!
Isn’t this pillow happy? A gift from my mom. She knows about my round obsession.
This is our “Jesse Tree.” It is a new thing we are trying this year. The kids are loving it.
I will tell you about it soon!
This year we put our family/memory tree upstairs. Usually it is in the basement. We had such a fun family night decorating this tree.
Every ornament on this tree has a special memory connected to it. I will post about that coming up soon, too! (Boy, I got a lot of blogging to do!)