Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas around the House

I thought I'd take today to show you some photos of Christmas decor around the house.
I have kept our decorations rather simple and love the special touches they have added to our home.

If you walk in through the front door, you'll immediately see one of my hearth trees from years past.
I separated them this year and decorated them differently. I pulled my silver reindeer ornaments from the big tree for this one.
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Just before you reach the hutch, you'll find my vintage train case adorned for the season.
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On top of the hutch is just a simple display. The only thing I added that was Christmas-y was to the inside of my lantern and a Santa.
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Walking on into the office area which is really the formal living room, you'll find the other hearth tree which is actually on the hearth. Since G-Dub claimed this room as the office and his for hanging his military paraphernalia (and some VW stuff) I added a tree here for him representing some of his interests. Since this was this year's decision, I didn't have a lot of ornaments to fit the tree. The chinook ornament is at the top of the other tree, so I improvised with other stuff including toy items.
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Had you come in through the back door, you would have been greeted by a few of my Christmas cards.
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And my Christmas chalkboard message.
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Another small tree (my $2 Goodwill find) sits on the kitchen counter.
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The top of my possum belly holds my little metal tree and the boys' Santa signs.
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The grand finale is the main tree.
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It's new to me this year.
When Mom was here for Thanksgiving, she helped set up my old tree in front of the large living room window.
We decided immediately that would not do. It looked miniature sitting there. :( So, the hunt began for a larger tree.
I ended up buying a used tree on Craigslist for $50, then replacing every single light on it. That took a couple of days.
The end result is so worth it though. We love our tree with all the heirloom ornaments.
I decided this year to call them heirloom ornaments instead of hodge podge ornaments.

I love my Santa ornaments and like to add a few new ones to my collection every year.
I've started doing the same in the reindeer department too. Maybe someday I'll have a full Santa tree. That may be several years down the road. ;)
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I love how this tree makes a statement!
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It definitely fills the space in front of this large window.
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Not the Elf on a Shelf

Both of my boys are too old for fictional characters around Christmas. I've noticed that the older the boys get, the less "magical" Christmas feels. I've talked to a few people who just aren't feeling the Christmas spirit this year. The boys and I are right in the middle of that not feeling it mode. I decided a few weeks ago that though we've outgrown ideas like Elf on a Shelf, we needed something to get us in the Christmas spirit. I am a rebel in that I refused to buy the popular doll. Why should my pictures be like everyone else's, right? LOL I had seen a creepy crazy CUTE! little elf at Cracker Barrel. Of course, as luck would have it, the day I decided I would go in and buy one was the day after they'd sold out of them in my store. A friend from back home came to the rescue and bought the last one in the store there. I said it was chance and luck. I said I'd name him Chance or Lucky. The day she sent me a text saying she'd mailed Chucky (Chance + Lucky) was the day I almost gave up on the whole idea. LOL I felt I would forever look at him and think of Chucky (the movie I thankfully never saw!) He came in the mail and I immediately named him Jersey Jingles to get all thoughts of Chucky out of my head! So far, it's working. I hadn't thought about it until I sat down to tell you this story. ;)

Jersey Jingles wrote the boys a note that day introducing himself and gifting them with a chocolate M&M candy bar. He told them he was going to be around to help them get in the Christmas spirit. He pinpointed Mr. Teen and told him there'd be no eye-rolling if he chose to accept his chocolate. Mr. Teen looked at me and said, "Well, Mom, it's one way for you to occupy your time during the day while we are at school." Gee. Thanks.

I'm not sure if it's JJ or just the calendar, but we three cynics have gotten a little more in the Christmas spirit. I haven't taken photos of all of JJ's antics, but I decided to share today's display with you.
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I think he has a little to learn about "building" gingerbread houses.

Friday, December 13, 2013

December 2013 Front Porch

One thing I love about our new home is the wrap around porch. I probably could have gone all out with decorations for the porch, but I got caught up restringing lights on a 12ft tree, so ran out of time and motivation. More on that tree later.

I decided to keep the porch simple this year. I do look at it almost daily and think I need a garland above the door. :/

I used my $1 yard sale sled again this year. You can last year's use at our New Jersey house here. This year, I dressed it up a bit by adding some pine-cones from my neighbors yard. I had forgotten just how big pine-cones can be down here! This photo was snapped along the fence, but the sled is now resting against the door frame on the porch.
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I opted out of using my favorite Let It Snow wreath. I couldn't bare the thoughts of my beautiful white ribbon and birdie getting mildewy like my sunflowers did on my fall wreath. (gotta LOVE humidity!) So, I hung my standby wreath with red ribbon and ornaments. It looked boring so I added a barn tin candy cane I picked up in a local shop. For a little more fun, I added my Santa sign underneath.
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I had thought of putting a tree on each side of the door but decided not to. (See above for mention of mildew. I didn't even mention the little lizards that hang out on the porch! Ack.... no pretty trees out there!) I was reminded by a friend of the tomato cage trees I've seen on Pinterest, so made one of those with some cheapie garland already had.
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I took the branches out of my metal watering can (fall decorations) and tucked them inside the tree and box. They look kinda funky with the red ornaments on them.

So, overall view of the front door is this.
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I'm happy with it for this year. Maybe I'll snag some garland after Christmas on sale and have it ready for next year!