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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Decorations

It's been a while since I posted, and it will probably be a while before I do it again. I was inspired by so many of your Christmas posts to share a little of my Christmas decorations, too. This will be our third Christmas in Texas since we moved from California. The first two years, we didn't really decorate because we went back to CA to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. This year we're staying home.

We usually put up an artificial tree, but this year my hubby wanted a real one; a great BIG real one. It's over 10 tall and I don't know how wide. All our ornaments look tiny on it and it took 90'of ribbon!

We got rid of a lot of our Christmas decorations when we moved. It seemed like we had so much! As it turned out, we didn't have enough and had to get a few new things. The golden reindeer, runner and glass vases our new. I hung silk holly, grapevines, ribbon, and "crystal" stars from the chandelier. It looks so much prettier in person.

This is our Santa table. When we first started setting things up, we thought we had so many Santas, but it turns out that we only had a few. I think less is more in this case. Each Santa stands out a little better because they're easier to see. (My mother in law MADE the tall Santa with the pearls. Isn't he gorgeous?)

My husband fell in love with the Santa print and HAD to have it. I like it and think it's cute, but Santa is not the reason for the season. I didn't want him to be the center of attention, so he's in the dining room.

More new purchases. I found these cute reindeer at Marshal's and couldn't pass them up. Everything else is done in gold and red, but they're neutral, so I think it works OK.

Another new addition, a snowman family: Mommy, Daddy and two kids. Just like our family.

We put garland ribbon and ornaments all along the stair rails. It didn't turn out exactly like I envisioned it, but it's close enough. At the top, there's a little triangle ledge that we set up my hubby's snowman and some little trees.

We hung this cute canvas Santa on the hall door and decorated the little table a bit, too.

Above the fireplace, we hung a nativity print. I had to take the picture on an angel so that the flash didn't reflect on the glass. I love this picture! This is also a new addition. We were supposed to wait until after Christmas to buy it for next year, but I couldn't wait. What if they ran out?! I had to have it now.

Here is my attempt at making a live center-piece. I used the left over branches from the tree to make this, hoping I'd save a little money. But after I bought the little bucket, the foam, the snowman, the berries, the stars, etc, I may as well have bought an arrangement from the store. Oh well!

The house is way too tall to put lights along the roof line. (Floyd wanted to get a 25' ladder to do it. NO WAY! I didn't want to risk him falling from that height). So we decorated the entrance. The plastic Santa is close to 40 years old. It's not in the best shape, but you can't tell until you're up close.

This is one of my favorite little snowmen. He was a gift from a secret Santa years and years ago. I just love his message! It's supposed to sit on a shelf, but I use him as one of the bigger ornaments on our tree every year. I put him at eye level so that everyone see him.
Wishing you all a very Merry and very blessed Christmas. And remember,
Jesus love you snow much!!
Patricia :o)


Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh Patricia- everything looks so pretty!! And the snowman holding the sign is the cutest thing ever. It's so good to hear from you again... hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

Your decorations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them. Have a nice weekend.


Ninu said...

All your decorations looks really good.. I love the reindeer n snowman.. merry christmas!!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Everything looks so beautiful.


Kathleen Grace said...

Everything is beautiful Patricia! I love the nativity picture, can I ask where you got it? Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Solange Belém said...

Helo Patrícia!
Desejo que as luzes festivas de Natal
Brilhem sempre em seus dias
Junto aos seus entes queridos
E que a força da fé esteja sempre em seu coração
Deseo-te un grandioso Natal y Feliz Año de 2010!


Bernideen said...

Your home is lovely - it reminds me of the house we used to own in Spring, Texas.

❦TattingChic said...

Your tree and all your Christmas decor is lovely! That entryway is spectacular, especially lit up at night! How fortunate you are to have such a lovely home! I just love that stairway with the garland over the banister!

the rusty cupboard said...

I love your site and enjoy all your comments that you leave on my site. God bless your family and friends and pray you have a blessed christmas.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Morning! Merry Christmas! I have a drawer FULL of pillowcases I have bought from you...beautiful I give vintage linens for my daughters. A lovely ebroidered scarf graces the back of my toilet...and on and on.
Your items are so beautifully ironed and smell wonderfully clean when they arrive..always packaged beautifully. Thank you ! I so appreciate your efforts!
Thank you for visiting my blog, commenting and making me feel wonderful! :)
Your home is beautiful! I know exactly how you felt when you made your own centerpiece! I have done the same thing!
Hugs to you...and thanks once again!

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi, so glad to see you back! I have missed you! Love the way you decorated, so lovely! Have a wonderful Christmas! blessings,Kathleen

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your nativity painting is lovely! The frame is gorgeous too.
Your collection of Santa's and snowment are delightful! :)
I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

pamscottieboy said...

Love your home and decorating...have a blessed and healthy 2010 my friend!

NEILL said...

Que c'est beau, chaque endroit décoré de Noël ,je dirai somptueux !
Je continue ma promenade chez vous !