I love, love, love decorating for Christmas! My family's home was nothing short of magical at Christmastime and now that I have a home of my own, I've recreated the feeling as Mark and I start to make our own memories and traditions together. I love that from the moment you arrive at our front door, our house is literally kissed with Christmas all over. I love red, green and lots of sparkle! Every room in the house has something special to smile about.
Mark and I made a trip to The Reindeer Ranch to get our tree this year which was so much fun. We picked out a 10 foot North Carolina Fraser Fir that sits front and center in our living room. Mark is finally learning this year that the first person up is responsible for turning the tree on. There is nothing quite like waking up in the morning and walking out to pour your coffee while seeing a perfectly glowing Christmas tree. It's like a Folger's Coffee commercial every single morning. I know, such a Yuletide freak I am!
Our tree has no special theme. Only memories! I'm thankful that both Mark and I have families that started the tradition of giving ornaments every year. I plan on doing the same thing for our future minis. Our tree is filled and holds a combined 61 years of ornaments! We have ornaments from the time we were both born until now and each holds a serial memory. There are no two ornaments alike! Our tree is covered in 2,200 lights! Our personalized Pottery Barn tree skirt was a wedding gift from our dear friends.
I grabbed an eggnog latte, turned on The Holiday and did some Christmas wrapping! Cheerful presents under the tree are such a pretty sight.
My parents gave me this beautiful, hand painted nativity a few years ago. It's white with simple gold detailing and I love it sitting on our bookshelf. The camels are my favorite.
Last year, I discovered my love for filling every open container with ornaments. It's a fun and easy way to add Christmas happys all over the house. I filled my trifle dish with red, silver and gold ornaments and keep it on our coffee table.
In our small powder room, I filled a metal bucket with ornaments, cinnamon pine cones and some clippings from our tree.
The Santa soap dispenser is back this year and sits next to this hand painted ceramic tree! My mom painted these little gems years ago and she sent one home with my over Thanksgiving. These little light up trees were always a favorite of mine when I was younger and I smile every time I walk by and see it glowing.
This year, I tried something new with some extra ornaments and hung them from the light fixture above our table. I'm loving the way they ornaments look like they just float.
I love this simple wreath hanging over our kitchen window above the sink. I picked it up at our local nursery and added my own sparkly gold bow. It's real and smells delightful!
And because I need something pretty to look at while I work, a tiny Charlie Brown tree in my office. It's decorated with small gold balls, white twinkle lights and gold swizzle sticks. This is the same tree that used to twinkle in my bedroom growing up, so it has a special little place in my heart.
I'm linking my Christmas decorations up with Erin for the last post of this fun Holiday link up! It's been so much fun to take a virtual Holiday Home Tour of blogland.
We're off t0 look at Christmas lights around our town. We have mint chocolate chip ice cream, Christmas pajamas and the movie Elf waiting for us when we get home. (with a special appearance by Mr. Buble on Saturday Night Live!) Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!