One of the things I have looked forward to the most in the nine months since we moved was decorating our new home for Christmas. Oh! How I love to bring out the boxes full of treasures we have collected as a family for the last 17 years! From ornaments to trinkets, each box is a delight as we pull one precious item after another out.
I so love Christmas!
I love the sparkle and glitter, the twinkle of lights. I love the smells, the sounds of laughter, music and children. I love the time with family, music concerts and parties. I love the joy in the hearts of my children who keep a sparkle in their eyes, the sneakiness of my husband, and the smiles of friends as you wish them a “Merry Christmas!” I love carols, songs from time gone by when Bing and Frank sounded so much more sincere when they sang “Oh Holy Night!” and “White Christmas” than some of the more modern artists. I love thinking about the birth of Christ, and while I know we truly do not know when He was born, He was, and He came to save us.
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”
With everything going on as we prepare for our oldest daughter’s wedding this weekend five hours away from home, we kept our Christmas home fairly simple, using mostly what we already had with no new additions (except for ribbon & a Mark Robert’s fairy) and kept to only decorating the living and dinning rooms. I kept to my traditional (and favorite) reds and greens, with whimsical delights that bring out the childlike desires that are found in all of us.
After all, Christmas to me is such a joyous time of the year, and our decorating should reflect our personalities.
And I am a big
child at Christmas and a very sentimental and traditional person!
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
I just love our red and green Christmas tree with its peppermint garland and lollipop topper! It takes me back to my childhood where the piano top held ribbon candy and peppermints.
My sister and I used to climb up onto the piano and sneak into that hard candy and have the most colorful mouths you could ever imagine!
The reproduction shiny brite ornaments are also a nod to my first Christmases. My mother still uses hers, so I have collected Christopher Radko’s version to use and hope one of my children will treasure one day.
Santa Claus, fairies and elves make Christmas magical for children so I love to incorporate them into my decorating. I have collected Mark Robert’s fairies for several years now and love the whimsey ad fun they add to our decorating.
I also love to watch little ones who visit our house reach out to touch them and laugh as they are caught up in the color and twinkle of it all together.
Hanging in the tree, in my wreaths (I’ll share these next week) and on my banister, I carry this little fairy theme throughout all of my decorating.
“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.”
~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas
I love adding little touches of Christmas throughout the room from jingle bells on the doors to Zeus wearing the garland. A stack of our favorite Christmas book sit on the fireplace. Even though my kids are now teenagers, we still read these stories all throughout the season.
I always wanted to decorate a staircase with garland, so I was so excited to light ours up this year! I added just a bit of fresh holly throughout a lot of my artificial greenery to fill it out.
I love my coffee table with it’s jar of Christmas kisses. These are also a little sentimental tradition from Christmas at my grandparents. Now matter what the season, my granny had kisses in a beautiful glass bowl on their coffee table. I do this now for our own guests just to honor my granny.
“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
Thanks for stopping by for a peak at our holiday home! After we return from Samantha’s wedding I’ll share our dinning room and plans for our Christmas celebrations!
Until then, Have a wonderful week!