Welcome, sweet friends! Couldn’t be the only blogger without a Holiday Home Tour, 12.2019 post! As of this afternoon, the decorating is done with the exception of my cocoa bar. And I will put that together this week. I grabbed my phone and snapped some photos real quick to share with you before the holidays have come and gone.
My Holiday Home Tour, 12.2019
Going to take you on a whirlwind tour of my house. Grab my hand and off we go.
This is the room where we spend almost all of our waking hours and yet it isn’t as festive as some of the others in the house. Probably because it is too full already to accommodate anything more!
I made a garland for the mantel and the swag that rests on top of the mantel piece. Otherwise there are just some odds and ends set about.
Lizzie High Santa among the trees. And a snow globe given me by my brother- and sister-in-law who know how much I love snow.
Arranged this old wooden bowl from Panama full of goodies – pine cones, yucca wood, ornaments.
Guess I didn’t take a photo of it, but I always have a menorah on my sofa table. Today is the first day of Hanukkah, so happy Hanukkah!!
Most of my seasonal decorating is displayed above the cabinets in my kitchen. At Christmas, I use a lot of snowflakes and snowmen because I like to keep everything up through January.
Having the decorations on the tops of the cabinets helps to keep my counter tops less cluttered but still allows me to deck the halls.
Found that flocked tree at Big Lots on sale for $6. Put some in my wheelbarrow out front, too.
That little red chair on the left was my childhood chair. The red wire bicycle planters were given to me by a teacher friend.
We haven’t participated in a sip and draw or I Painted That! painting activity in a long time. It’s something I always enjoy. Need to check their calendar for holiday painting opportunities.
That’s a blackboard on the tummies of the snowmams on the right. Probably should write a festive message on them.
This little stuffed Santa was a gift from my sweet sister. Years ago when we were very little, our uncle and aunt gave us similar velvet-suited Saint Nicks. But in one of many moves as an adult, my Santa was lost or destroyed. I think maybe the heat from being in storage for months probably got the better of him.
My sister found an almost exact replica of the original jolly old man and sent it to me a few years ago. He is doubly precious now.
Tiered Tray (Which is in the Kitchen)
Have had so much fun decorated my tiered tray this year. Bought it just before Valentine’s Day so that was the first holiday for which I decorated it. Would like to get a few more cutesy Christmas things for it…maybe I will find something on sale after the holidays. But for now, here it is.
Our Dining Table
Our poor dining room only gets used as the way to get from the kitchen to the stairs or front door. It’s more like a hall with a big, dusty table sitting in it. Except for at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I set the table for Thanksgiving, though, and we got our plates, filled them and sat in the kitchen!! Ha. Hope this one day we can actually sit at the dining room table to eat.
I’ve never had china. But who needs it when you eat at the kitchen table all the time? At Thanksgiving, I got smart. Bought Dollar Tree paper plates for the holiday table. And for Christmas, smarter still with plastic ‘silver’ware.
Made the center piece with birch branches, and several holiday picks, all from AnnieMo’s Holiday Shop.
And how about those Dollar Tree brushed silver – I use that term figuratively – chargers?
The Living Room
This is another room that is more like a hallway between the stairs and the kitchen. Sometimes I sit on the couch in here and talk to my mom on the phone. Otherwise, this furniture is pretty much only used by our kitties. Except for Christmas. The living room becomes the Christmas tree room.
I have begun using photographs taken from past years to decorate each season. These are Santa photos of my granddaughters from several years ago. Wish I could get a photo of both girls together with Santa this year.
Can you see the pajamas hanging from a branch on the right side of the tree? Those are for Cami. I bought the same pjs for Lucia and Cadence. We are hoping we won’t meet Cami until her due date of 01.15.2020. But just in case, she needed some gifts, too, under the tree. Or, hanging from the tree!
I made this fabric garland several years ago. Shared the steps in a DIY post, here. The Santa at the bottom of the stairs was made by the mom of a family of students I had. When we babysat Lucia this week, she hugged him and said, “Oh, Santa!” every time she went up or came down the stairs.
The Outdoor Decor
One of my mini Christmas bucket list activities was to spruce up our Christmas decorations, especially those outside. We went with this inflatable nativity scene.
I continued the snowman theme on the porch by the front door.
Another Big Lots Christmas tree paired with Hobby Lobby snowmen. I made the “Baby it’s cold outside!” painted pallet in the photo below. The snowman has features and buttons down his middle but the lights around his face make them hard to see. I like the way the bird on the lantern in front of him is silhouetted in the light.
Made the swag on the front door a few years ago. It’s just greenery and a pair of metal ice skates so I can keep it up beyond the 25th.
And my wheelbarrow. Found this cute sandwich board advertising Christmas trees ‘for sale’ at Big Lots. This is beginning to read like a commercial for Big Lots and Dollar Tree!! It was 25% off so I snapped it up along with the artificial trees.
When my girls were little, we began collecting Lizzie High dolls. They are primitive wooden dolls made in Pennsylvania. The dolls are pretty expensive by my budget standards so we always had to put them on layaway to pay for them. I had taken many of my dolls to school to decorate my library. When I retired, I was so sad that I gave away many of my decorations, including my Lizzie Highs. Lauren loved her Lizzie Highs from childhood and has begun buying for their house. And last year bought a nativity for herself and Brennyn.
My nativity is one of the pieces I didn’t give away. I set it up every year on my buffet. Inside the manger, there is also a little angel tangled up in a string of holiday lights that represents my nephew Andrew.
The simplicity of these dolls and their humble manger reminds me of what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph on that very first Christmas as they celebrated the birth of their baby. The first silent night.
Today and tomorrow, I am going to be cleaning house, doing laundry and beginning the holiday baking. Lauren and I are going to have a manicure in the morning after we take Cia to school. I pity the nail tech who works on this hands of mine. They are in terrible shape. It has been months since I’ve had a manicure. Looking forward to having my Brennyn home with me on Thursday. It’s been too long.
So that’s my home for the holidays. Used to dream of having beautifully decorated themed trees, and a holiday color scheme. But let’s face it, that just isn’t me. Why, today I had on my jacket backwards and inside out. At 61, can’t even dress myself. So of course a perfectly decorated home is quite beyond the realm of possibility.
Hope to write one more post before I set the laptop aside for a few days to just enjoy being with my family. But just in case all the remaining preparations get the best of me, let me wish you a merry Christmas now. Enjoy your holiday by making memories to warm you the whole new year through.
Hugs and kisses,