Are you ready to come inside for a visit? Well, come on in! Take off your coat and stay awhile.
We'll start with this super simple wreath I put together for the front door. I used a pre-made swag that I purchased last year and attached it to a grapevine wreath with pipe cleaners and added a bow. Easy peasy... no fuss.
As soon as you walk in, you'll see this sweet little bucket of frosted berries hanging on the entry wall to the dining room.
My entry table has a wintery woodsy theme to it with pine cones, fresh pine clippings and birch wood ribbon. Some votive holders add a little sparkle.
I especially love it at night when it is all lit up with candles. See those adorable felt pine cones? I'll show you how I made them soon.
Directly across from the entry table is the dining room, where I bedecked the table with my collection of nutcrackers. Yes, I still have the builder's gigantic mirror in here. It is a logistic nightmare with pictures. One of these days, it's coming down, and hopefully a built-in will replace it. ;-) But I digress...
Here the table is set with dishes and glassware. In case you missed it, I shared my Dining with Nutcrackers post on Monday.
Some pretties on the sideboard... remember the Christmas Brooch Art from last year?
A small nativity tree...
Moving down the hall, I have placed my Names of Jesus Wreath above the red ottoman/shoe box.
Well, we've passed by the bar area (that may or may not be cluttered at the moment) leading into living room. This room is one of my favorites. It's where we spend a lot of time. We do our homeschool reading in here, piano practicing, and it's where we
cuddle huddle in front of the fire on chilly nights. It's right off the kitchen, so I get to look at the twinkly lights on the tree and the mantle while I do dishes. (It makes the task at hand a little more pleasant, especially when I have Christmas music playing too.) Our tree decorations are a mixture of collectibles, special ornaments made by the kids, pretty ornaments found here and there, as well as ornaments we've picked up on our family vacations. So many precious memories of special people and happy times are housed on this tree.
The piano was the preferred spot for my special nativity scene and the Merry Christmas blocks.
My snowman family is stationed on top of the armoire... you can see the Hoopy Holidays Snowman hanging on the wall to the left.
This little snowman figurine is snug under the cheese dome, creating a pseudo-snowglobe on the tray place on the ottoman.
I kept the kitchen pretty simple. Just a little centerpiece on the table with one of my favorite little gingerbread men. I have a small collection of them too, but this little guy is the only one to make the cut this year.
Of course, there is Christmas artwork on the refrigerator. I think I've told you that my daughter gets really excited about holidays. She loves drawing pictures and signs for all the special days.
Well, that about wraps up the tour. We've ended right here in the kitchen where goodies await. Can I cut a slice of Crustless Cranberry Orange Pie or offer you some of our traditional Christmas cookies. These are Pfeffernusse cookies, but I've also been baking up some Almond Crescent Cookies. I'm sharing them as part of the #cookiecountdown2christmas over at Three Kids and Fish today if you want to go check out the recipe!
Thanks so much for coming over today to see our Christmas decorations. I hope you've been inspired to create some pretty little places in your own home. One of my favorite Christmas books, The Heart & Home of Christmas by Karla Dornacher, talks about decking the halls during this time of year.
"Considering God decorated the heavens- His own dwelling place- it seems no less fitting for us to dress up our homes with strings of lights, carols that worship His Name, and symbols and seasonal reminders to help us celebrate the birth of His Son."
I couldn't agree more. I hope you'll go over to visit all these other bloggers who participated in this Holiday Home Tour. They each have their own style and spin on how they decorate for this beautiful season. Here they are:
- Monday -
1. Little Brags
- Tuesday -
- Wednesday -
- Thursday -
- Friday -
3. Meet the Bs