Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Finally, I found time to decorate our home for Christmas. I choose a simple route when it comes to the holidays. I think it is fun to open the boxes in the attic and see what has collected over the years of life. Each item I pull out reminds me of someone or sometime from the past. I find myself feeling sentimental as I go about this routine each year.
I change things around each year, finding new places to put old things. Partly because I like change, and partly because I can't remember where I had it placed last year.:)

When I visited the Marshall's Homegoods Store back in October, I found this gold glittery manger piece. I knew right away that it would go perfect on my mantel, and now that I put it there, I think I was right. I put a string of tiny lights behind it, and added some greens beside it.

I like how this Merry Christmas fits this window and the colors of it fit perfectly in my kitchen eating area.

My black lantern sits on the small wooden table near the foyer. The red candle is battery operated and I like the warm glow it creates.

Many years ago, when we were just a family of five, my daughter's good friend created and sewed five stockings for us. I continue to hang them on the stair railing every Christmas, even though our family has grown considerably since then. I don't fill them. They hang there because they are so pretty and fit in my room perfectly.

I hestitate to share my tree with you. You see, I prefer real, big, good smelling Christmas trees, but I am also realistic in my thinking. We have two little guys in our family who love to crawl and another little one who will be visiting our home this year. Not only that, we have a wedding in early January so clean up has to be kept at a minimum. So, this year we pulled out an older faux tree that my parents used as their tree. It came from our attic and already had the lights on it. So simple and works well for me this year. I am just happy to have completed decorating it.

Another one of the other vignettes I placed in the living room.
I only shared these decorations with you, because I enjoy seeing each of your homes and how you share your Christmas decorating with the blogging world.
Hope you liked your visit today.


Rach said...

Very pretty. I love your tree!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Simply BEAUTFIUL!!!! I would love to stop by, and enjoy great conversation with you over a cup of coffee while enjoying the beauty of your home!!

Crickit said...

Your Christmas decor is really beautiful... all of it! I really like the way your nativity scene is lit on your mantle. It looks really nice! :)

Judy said...

It's looking lovely over there! What wonderful stockings.

For the first time ever...we have only a fake tree this year. I can't believe it myself...since I am always an advocate for 'real' Christmas trees. Next year!

lindsey said...

Your home is looking beautiful Judy.I made stockings for our children when they were small and then had to add to them when they each married and I still have to fill them...we open them in the aftenoon on Christmas Day and they say it is the best part of the gift opening! I have made the grandchildren stockings but told their parents that after their first Christmas they need to fill them! I really like your manger scene too,so pretty with the lights behind it. Thanks for sharing

Love Being A Nonny said...

I love everything....especially the stockings. How are they hanging from the rail? Did you put nails in?

Happy@Home said...

I'm so glad you shared your Christmas decor with us. It all looks so pretty and I would agree that your new manger looks perfect on your mantle. The lights above your mantle are beautiful.
It sounds like you have a very busy couple of months ahead. I hope you can find some minutes to sit and enjoy the beauty of your decorated home while sipping a warm cup of coffee.

Just a little something from Judy said...

No I did not use nails to hold the stockings. I took sheer gold ribbons through each loop and tied it onto the stair railing. If I tie them tight enough they do not slide down the rail.

Susan said...

So pretty, Judy!
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"...are you singing along? :) Lovely and festive, my friend!

Melinda said...

It all looks great and festive.


ajwatson722 said...

Looks beautiful as always, Mom! Can't wait to see it all (and you!) in a couple weeks!!!

Elizabethd said...

How very pretty it all looks.
Thank you so much for your visit, it is good to meet new friends!

cathleen said...

Judy, everything looks beautiful and quite elegant.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Ohh, I am glad you took pics for us. It all looks lovely; really loved your mantelpiece -- so cozy with the lights behind the nativity.

I know we tend to make the manger scene a cozy one, and some people said it wasn't really that way.

But I think maybe it was... for I remember as a wee tot being out in the barn with my mom and dad as they milked and got the cows ready for the night.

It WAS cozy in there... soft mooing and kitties frisking for a squirt of milk, with the soft glow of lanterns casting shadows on the hay bales and walls.

Ahhhh... your picture reminded me of something I haven't thought of in years.

corners of my life said...

Beautiful and classic.

Anonymous said...

All of your decorations are just lovely. Your home is so warm and inviting. So beautiful!!!

Christine said...

You have added just the right amount of Christmas cheer to your home. Very tasteful.

LisaShaw said...

I love EVERY photo of your warm home and decoration. You are such a blessing to my heart Judy.

You have the gift of hospitality and generosity of spirit. I love you.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your home looks so pretty and festive, Judy! I am just beginning to decorate as I only returned home from Denver yesterday morning. As soon as i could I ran out to buy a tree :) Ialready misss my grandson so much ..wish we lived closer to him!


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