Deck the Halls… Holiday Home Tour

Monday December 14, 2009
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There a bunch of blog “carnivals” out there featuring people showing off their Christmas decor, so I thought I would play along.   My house is definitely imperfectly decorated, but there are also many parts of my Christmas decor that I love and am happy to share with you!  It’s photorific, so go grab a coffee while your browser loads up. :)

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We have a front door, but our family’s most used entrance is the mudroom door.  I got this swag from Trader Joe’s to hang on it:

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This is the view of the lights from the outside.  The colored lights are new, our 4yo really wanted colored lights, so when I found these LED lights on sale at K-Mart, I went for it.

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We also have wreaths and candles in the windows.

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When you step inside our front door, the entry way is pretty bare.  But we do have a ginormous advent calendar our neighbors gave the kids:  (please forgive the flash glare)

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It’s just one of many advent calendars we have going on in our house.   I’ve mentioned them before, but we have this one:

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This chocolate filled calendar (courtesy of the same neighbors):
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A countdown chain:
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And this is my favorite advent calendar/nativity. It’s magnetic and the kids have fun rearranging the pieces:IMG_5165.JPG

Most of my decorating is done in our family room.  This is a view looking into the room, from the kitchen/mudroom entrance.  We have a “kissing ball” that hangs in the opening to the family room:

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The fireplace is the central focus on the room and my best display area.    I love the PEACE stocking holders I got from Pottery Barn (I got them on clearance after Christmas one year when I was 8 months pregnant with the 5th member of our family – we had to upgrade our “NOEL” holders).

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Our stockings are a precious family heirloom to me.  I made them, with help from my mom, who passed away this spring.

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Another view of our PEACE.

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This is the left side of the mantle.   It’s kind of hodge-podgy.  The nutcrackers are from a local performance of the ballet my daughter and I go to every year.   They sit atop my collection of Christmasy books.  My ornament tree in the background needs some work…

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The right side of the mantle houses this nativity collection.  I got it on clearance after Christmas last year and love them!

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The other focal point of the room is, of course, our tree.  We get a live one every year and I love how it turned out.

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These are some of my favorite ornaments:

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In addition to our main tree, we have a kids tree that we set up in a little alcove at the back of the room.  It is kid-friendly and I don’t freak out if anything on it gets handled or broken.  I also collect a special ornament for each kid each year and put them on that tree.  Some day it will go with them when they start their own families.

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Here are some of the ornaments from that tree:
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The other part of the family room that I like to decorate is the kids corner.  It’s where their craft table is and it has a bulletin board.  I cover it in wrapping paper and hang some colored lights on it.

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Next to our mudroom entrance, we have another bulletin board.  I normally have it covered with things like school events and reminders, but at Christmas time, I cover it in Christmas paper and hang all of our photo cards on it and the surrounding wall:

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My kitchen has been pretty messy, so I couldn’t find a good angle that didn’t highlight the crud.  This is a shot of the dividing wall between the kitchen and family room.  I have various knick knacks displayed there.

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My mom always had a display of candy canes out and I’ve continued the tradition.

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Another area that is poorly decorated is my dining room.  The table is a dumping ground and the wrapping station, so it doesn’t have much holiday glitz.   Despite that, we have taken to eating by candlelight this month and it’s given the room a soft, festive feel.

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I also got this spinning angel/candle/chime thing that the kids are mesmerized by:

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That’s all I’ve got to show you – thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the show!

To see more holiday homes, check out these links:

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10 Responses to Deck the Halls… Holiday Home Tour

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    jacquelin says:

    Thanks for having me over. Everything is just beautiful, you have a lovely home. Love your tree and nativity. The perfect place to celebrate Christmas. Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas!

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    Oh my goodness, can I have your house? It’s beautiful and the wonderful Christmas decor just adds to it’s warmth and beauty!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    Michela says:

    I love your house! It is decked out so prettily, I especially love the fireplace. You have cute kids, too!

    I hope your Christmas season is full to the brim with family, joy, and Christ’s love. Merry Christmas!

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    Lindsey says:

    Love all your decorations! Your house looks so festive. Happy Holidays :)

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    Michela says:

    Thanks for the comment! Yes, the glittery branches would be a perfect kids project! I would recommend getting glitter at Wal Mart- the stuff I found was in the kids craft section and was under 3.00. I looked at several other places and realize that glitter can be really expensive! Who knew?

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    shortmama says:

    Looks so beautiful! Love the mantle!

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    Renee says:

    I love your decorations. I might have to swing by Trader Joes to get something for our door.

    How do you keep the kids out of the candy canes? My four year old would be begging day and night for them.

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    Meghan says:

    It’s all beautiful. I especially love the TJ swag and the kissing ball.

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    Cate says:

    Your house is lovely, and I learnt to have displays of candy canes from my mother too (although I’ve struggled to find them in the shops this year).

    Merry Christmas!

    Cate

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    Julie says:

    Just found your blog through another blog. Love your stuff. Just wondering where you got the magnetic advent nativity calendar? I think my young ones would love it!

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