I am so glad you are joining my friends and me for our Christmas Tour of Homes. Welcome!
Merry Merry My Friends!
Today is an exciting day for 25 of my blogging friends and me. Over the course of this week, we are opening our decorated homes for our virtual Christmas Tour of Homes. We all have different styles of homes and different styles of decorating so I am sure you will find some inspiration along the way. You can check out all their blogs from the links at the bottom of this page.
It's fair to say that at Christmas time my home suffers from a bit of a split personality and it's all because of the brilliant pink camellia that blooms at my front door the month of December.
This was one of those, “if you can't beat them, join them” moments when I realized that my traditional red and green decor just wasn't going to cut it next to the electric pink of my camellia. So…I joined forces with the pink, embraced the pink and am all about bright pink at my front door in December.
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This year I added the silver tinsel trees to bling up my front porch…now all I need is a disco ball to complete the feel.
You can see how I made the ornament garland here.
So, remember the split personality reference? Well, here's where it begins. Once you step through the front porch, my decor becomes a little more traditional, well at least not electric pink.
We are a family who relishes bringing out our family heirlooms and favorite ornaments year after year. I'll add to it here and there, maybe move stuff around, but we are too attached to our favorite Christmas decorations to ever keep any of them in the attic at Christmas time.
We cherish the traditions of decorating our home with our treasures collected through the generations and through our travels.
So every single Christmas, hanging on the funky little tree in our foyer, you will always find ornaments that hung on my grandparent's Christmas tree hanging next to ornaments that hung on Terry's grandparent's' Christmas tree.
And on the Christmas tree in our living room, you will always find the little coconut husk angel I made when I was a Brownie living in Lanikai, Hawaii and…
a bottle of hot sauce for my hot sauce loving son and
a half of watermelon for my watermelon loving daughter.
My Santa painting will always be hung somewhere…in this home over the mantle is the logical place. But I will mix up the mantle each year, primarily using our collected treasures to adorn it.
The stocking my mom knit for me when I was a child will always hang on the mantle next to the stocking Terry's mom made for him when he was a child, while the stockings that my mom needle-pointed for our kiddos hang on the other end of the mantle.
My collection of Santas will come out every year,
including the first Santa that my hubby and the kiddos purchased for me when they were still toddlers.
as well as the one my mom needle-pointed
and the one my parents brought home from Russia for us.
My Santa's Sweet Shoppe window will typically hang in our breakfast room.
but I do change up how I decorate my breakfast room table…kinda.
I love bringing out this runner that I found in a little brocante in Riquewihr, France so I often decorate around it.
I shopped what I had at home this year and used my rattan chargers, Juliska Berry and Thread plates and Jardins coffee mugs, Red Mercury Glass Candlesticks and a couple of the Santas I have acquired over the years to finish out my table.
And you know you want to try that Fruitcake! Without a doubt, it will convert you a bona fide fruitcake lover. Here's the recipe for White Fruitcake
The window over my kitchen sink looks different each year, but I just move around our favorite things.
Terry started collecting nutcrackers for me before we were even married, so I have quite a few of them. I decided to focus on my nutcracker collection this Christmas, so my window reflects that.
Even the Mouse King has a place on the windowsill…but he's been contained.
Oh, while you are in the kitchen, make sure you grab your bag of cookies.
When you turn around, you will take in a little more of my Nutcracker collection.
The Mouse King doesn't have a chance.
Without a doubt, Christmas in our home is all about the traditions that continue to strengthen over the years, as well as some newer traditions we might add.
Bringing out our many tubs of decorations and ornaments year after year, unwrapping our favorite ornament and finding new ways to use our favorite Santas is one of the reasons this season is so special to our family.
A little behind the scenes of the beginning of our Christmas decorating…it's a full-blown event. We graze on meat and cheese and cookies all day and slowly plod through the many boxes that seem to ooze out of the attic. It is sheer bliss.
Before you leave today, please take a minute to visit my friends who are opening their homes today for our Christmas Tour of Homes.
I hope you have found something that intrigues you by visiting all of these lovely homes. Take your time and spend a couple of days enjoying the talents of these creative ladies.
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