It’s that time of year – time to welcome Christmas, family, friends both old and new, and celebrate the birth of Jesus. If you are visiting for the first time from the 12 Days of Christmas Tour, I’m so happy you are here. It’s a thrill to be joining 29 other amazing bloggers to share some holiday joy. The warmest of holiday greetings and welcome to everyone!
When I told my hubby, aka Mr. Smarty Pants, I was participating in the Christmas tour, he was kind of surprised. He asked the date and all the color drained from his poor face when I told him! I thought he was going to have to be added to one of my snowman tables! You see, December is notoriously a busy month for us both at work. Our house ALWAYS looks like it has been ransacked by angry elves until almost Christmas Eve. Think the North Pole meets CSI meets The Nightmare Before Christmas. Yeah, it’s kind of like that! Somehow, that Christmas magic kicks in and it all comes together by Christmas Eve! This year….we’ll just do the best we can, laugh, enjoy and oh, passing out some virtual Sugar Cookie Hot Vanilla – you can get the recipe, too! I put two candy canes into a heart in my front planter, because I just LOVE Christmas!
Our crèche and Nativity reminds us of the real celebration in December. The wooden manager was hand made for me by my stepfather many years ago. It could certainly hold a grander nativity set, but we bought this sweet Precious Moments set the first year we were married and after thirty years, I still cherish it! See the small Lenox votive? It holds a battery operated tea light, which I light on Christmas Eve through Christmas morning. It’s a birthday candle for baby Jesus and reminds us that the light of the world has arrived!
We get a live tree….and no, we don’t have one yet! Fingers crossed we get one this weekend! I’ve got a few Christmas things to share, even minus the tree! We added this cute penguin last year, which my daughter promptly named Steve. I have no idea why she named him Steve, but Steve it is! Here’s Steve before the snowstorm.
Here’s Steve now! I think he’s probably happy as can be and feels right at home. I should clean off his little nose, though!
Garland with silver and red balls greet visitors at the front door.
I’ve been collecting a snowman or two over the years! This is just ONE of my snowman tables, which is in the foyer. The antique mirror likes getting dressed up for Christmas with faux greenery and roses. I put a green wreath in a gold planter, wrapped it with gold bead strands, frosted cherries and lights, so the snowmen could have their own little spotlights. I actually made some of these snowmen over the years!
Our stairway is aglow with roses, greenery, bows and candle lights! The five metal cardinals “flying” up the stairs belonged to my mother-in-law and now represent the five members of my family. Two of my little birdies cannot be here this Christmas, which is hard for me – but technology will save the day! We’ll Facetime on Christmas morning.
My dining room mirror gets dressed up for the holidays just like the stairs, with faux greenery, deep cranberry velvet roses and bows. Over the mirror is a saying “Christmas – It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Reflected in the mirror is an old antique painting and lamp that belonged to my grandmother.
On the sideboard, I filled these antique pine cone cups that belonged to my mother-in-law with the little pine cone elves I made a few years ago from Martha Stewart Living. Can you believe that year I actually made 45 of these elves and gave them as gifts? I need to track down that photo of all the elves on the dining room table!
My Patience Brewster jeweled boxes are a favorite of mine!
I added the Wrapping Paper Roll Snowman Candles on top of my small china cabinet.
Our fireplace is swagged with faux greenery, lights and iced poinsettias. I added the glass glittered houses I made to the mantel, with snow, lights and bottle brush trees; a lot of the trees belonged to my beloved Pop-Pop and a few of them are probably 70+ years old!
See those tall topiaries?They’re three and half feet tall! I snagged them for 50% off a few years ago the day after Christmas. I leave them up all year and add big, long bows for the holiday. The Thomas Kinkade Christmas canvas was a surprise gift from hubby years ago. Here is the mantel with the lights on!
So…the big attraction at our house is our Christmas village! It started many years ago when my son fell in love with a village at a wonderful, local place called Valley View Farms. We started with a church, a house, a bench and two people. I know the photos are dark, but it’s just so much more magical with the lights on! The church that started it all!
Mr. Smarty Pants says we can’t really it call a village anymore- it’s a city with suburbs and their own zip codes! He thinks the residents need to start paying us taxes and HOA fees! Hubby came up with a brilliant idea – we have commercial 15 outlet MOD’s bolted to the bottom of the tables and can turn this whole town on and off with just three plugs!
When it comes to life, it is truly magical! I love looking at it at eye level and imagining what it would be like to walk around in there!
A final snowman for today, the wreath I made for the inside of my front door.
I hope you enjoyed being here as much I enjoyed having you visit! This was SO out of my comfort zone and all of the amazing bloggers have done such an incredible job, I truly hope I did them a tiny bit of justice. The home tours have been simply AMAZING and I have been excited each day to visit them. Give yourself a wonderful holiday treat and visit everyone on the tour – it’s a joy and delight!
Thank you so much for visiting today! Wishing you and your families the happiest and most joyous of holiday seasons!
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