A Candy Cane Christmas

It’s just thirty-two days until Christmas.

Can you believe it?!

There were times I thought this year was never going to end, and suddenly it’s Christmastime!

After this long and often stressful year, I’m really excited for the holiday season and will definitely savor every moment with our family and friends and especially the quiet, peaceful nights in with Audley.

Today, I’m teaming up with some of our favorite bloggers for the 4th Annual Christmas Tree Blog Hop hosted by Michelle from Our Crafty Mom. You’ll have the opportunity to visit 28 talented bloggers for plenty of Christmas tree decorating inspiration, so turn up the Christmas music, grab a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and get lost in Christmas inspiration galore!

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Here in our home we are crazy for candy canes.

For as long as I can remember we have decorated our home in some shape, form or fashion with a candy cane theme. It might be a tree… or two, it might be the top of my kitchen cabinets or the dining room, but ribbon or garland or ornaments or the real deal are always featured. It just “fits” us as a family.  Not only have my kids come to expect it (they would be so disappointed & try to “borrow” my decor if I didn’t), but Audley wouldn’t have it any other way!  

Are there more husbands out there who actually love decorating for Christmas?

This year the candy cane theme is adorning our living room tree. It’s our first Christmas season as empty nesters, so it is a great way to pretend the kids are close (all of them live out -of-state now).  They will all be in and out through the season … our Marine is home for Thanksgiving/Christmas leave this week … so I want them to know it’s still home when they come to visit.

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This is the second year I’ve used a flocked tree, and I really do like it.  The colors of Christmas pop and smaller ornaments stand out as well.  Besides, living in the south, this is the closest to a white Christmas we’ll get!

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From top to bottom I tried to incorporate the joy  and traditions of Christmas that are a part of our family.  We bake a lot, so there are plenty of nods to hours in the kitchen cutting out cookies, whipping icing, and indulging in fabulous holiday treats.

Audley and I tucked in ribbon and marshmallows and gingerbread and springy things all around our ornaments to create a full and festive tree.  

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Our tree incorporates twenty-six years of ornaments collected from all six states  we’ve lived in (14 moves total) to carefully chosen floral picks and ribbon plus a few whimsical elves tumbling down the side,  I can tell you just about everywhere we lived as we hang specific ornaments on the tree; lolipops from Rome, Georgia, peppermint teardrops from Clinton, Iowa, a Christopher Radko from our time in Bridgeport, Alabama, a handpainted treasure to reember our years in South Carolina and more recently a very large Mark Robert’s Elf from living in Loganville.   There are so many beautiful memories, in this candy cane themed tree.  I love how it all came together this year. 

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This year I have a sweet addition to my decor … this adorable crate created by my youngest daughter.  It’s so much fun and fits in just perfectly.

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The candy cane theme is wrapped-up (pun intended) with our presents under the tree. 

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I just love incorporating gift wrap that compliments whatever theme we are using, and Audley does a fabulous job with a lot of our wrapping!

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Buttercup seems to think it all looks perfectly delicious, and I’m a bit hungry after talking candy canes, so it’s off to grab a snack and visit all the fabulous bloggers who are sharing their holiday with us!

Check out their links below.  Be sure to leave a comment letting me know you stopped by!  I would love to hear from you.

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Welcome To The Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop

Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers below for gorgeous holiday decorating ideas for your Christmas tree.

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Our Crafty Mom // Sustain My Craft Habit // Red Cottage Chronicles // Celebrate and Decorate

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Jenron Designs //  2 Bees In A Pod // Virginia Sweet Pea // From House To Home

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Tribe of Burton // Across the Boulevard // Intelligent Domestications // Simply Beautiful By Angela

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Modern on Monticello // Redneck Rhapsody // Purple Hues and Me // My Pinterventures

tree hop collage of 2Zucchini Sisters // One Thousand Oaks // Raggedy Bits // Southern Yankee DIY // Fiddle Dee Dee

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My Sweet Home Living // Pretty DIY Home // Michelle James Designs // Daily DIY Life

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Happily Ever After, etc. // Kippi at Home // Simple Nature Decor // Design Morsels

Our Christmas Living Room

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Falalalala … LaLaLa

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We are enjoying the Christmas season here in our new home.  Coming up with new ways to decorate using what you have in a new space that’s a little smaller can often be a challenge.  We left a lot of our decor (I do miss my nutcrackers, santas and toys) in boxes this year for a more subdued space than normal, but we are feeling all festive and bright!

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View as you come up the steps from the foyer

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Falalalala … LaLaLa

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We spend most of our time in the living room in the evenings, which is much smaller than our old house, so we went for a twinkly glow.  It’s warm and cozy.

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While my Pinterest and Instagram feeds are filled with flocked trees, I bucked the trend and kept my traditional green tree.

Have you ever seen snow on a decorated tree in a house, especially in the South?

Why would you flock a tree?  Snow melts inside.

(Totally my opinion y’all)

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Our color scheme in the living room was gold, silver, white and blue.

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Each year I pick up a new keepsake ornament; don’t you just love the beauty of Lenox?

I’ve never used blue in our decorating, so we added little touches here and there.  The addition of blue (and patriotic ornaments for another tree) were the only purchases for my decor this year.

We have 23 years of Christmas decorations, so there is plenty the move around and use in a new way!  I’m not totally sold on the addition of blue (I love traditional red and green), but the glowy affect I wanted is there.

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The glow is quite lovely especially after I dust these hardwood floors. HA!

And it is growing on me as Audley and I relax together in the evenings.

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Cozy & romantic views from the sofa

An elaborate tree topper didn’t fit the mood we were trying to convey, so I borrowed a sweet Santa from my mother’s collection.

{Is borrowing if you might not return it?}

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Simple Santa topper and our Santa we received our very first Christmas married!

For our mantle, I used a small artificial garland, then filling it in with cedar and fir clippings.  A little ribbon, small ornaments and lights, our mantle coordinates with our tree!

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Since I was not pulling out all of the little knick-knacks this year, I added fresh greenery with battery powdered lights.  I liked the simple addition of it, and just one or two accents instead of a plethora of baubles.

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I adore my Mark Roberts fairies and elves scattered through out the entire house!

See the blazing yule before us

Falalalala … LaLaLa

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My favorite view

The evening glow is so warm and welcoming!

And the corgi is quite in agreement…

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Strike the harp and join the chorus

Falalalala … LaLaLa

All of our kiddos will be home for Christmas Day along with our sons-in-law AND my parents, so we wanted to leave space for enjoying each other instead of Christmas absolutely everywhere!

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Sometimes less is more and using what you have in a new way creates an unexpected look.  In our living room this year, that is exactly what I wanted.

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Red, White, and Blue Christmas

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 47 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today!


Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela

 Annie | All Things Big and Small

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane

Erlene | My Pinterventures | Iris | Iris Nacole

Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest | Jeannee | Centsably Creative

Vicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee

 Jolene | Create Pray Love

 Kim | Day to Day Adventures

Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna | Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy BitsShirley | Intelligent Domestications

 Stephanie | Abbotts At Home Wanda | From House To Home

Yami | The Latina Next Door | Jenn | Loveland Lodge

Christene | Keys To Inspiration | Libbie | A Life Unfolding

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks | Jennifer | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sarah | The Project Pile

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I’m so excited to be joining in this blog hop today and wanted to tell a little story while sharing one of our Christmas trees that is quite sentimental this season.

Once upon a time I was blessed with the sweetest little boy.  He was a surprise and absolutely adored as the baby after three girls.  He was cuddly and sweet and oh-so kind.

This little boy learned his colors and numbers using his NASCAR racers, learned to read early just so he could complete the entire Harry Potter series of books, and loved his John Deere tractors and Tonka trucks.

This little boy grew quickly, finding passion in sports as he excelled in the swimming pool and on a wrestling mat.

He learned to think for himself while choosing his own path, developed a fabulous work ethic, chose to serve Jesus, and took care of his momma and sisters while his daddy traveled for work.

He adores Star Wars, Captain America, Superman and NCIS.

And he loves his country.

It’s this love of country, that compelled him to come in from school and announce he was joining the Marines.

On November 9, he took his oath and will leave for boot camp right after high school graduation.

I’ve cried.

A lot.

But my heart soars with pride for this boy of mine who is walking in his daddy’s footsteps and choosing the military.

I celebrate him.

 I celebrate all who are serving our country and this tree is a reminder of the precious freedom we have that allows us to celebrate.

 Thank you for stopping by!

Check out all the festivities on the other blogs and kick your week with a lot of inspiration!

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