Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Little Christmas In Every Room

Welcome to my home! My theory of Christmas decorating is that there should be a little bit of Christmas in every room. I am always adding and changing. This year I took a BUNCH of stuff we never used to Goodwill and donated it. Less clutter, less stress and someone else can be blessed!
These Christmas bears were a gift from my in-laws. I love them and have them perched on my windowsill over my kitchen sink so I can enjoy them while I wash dishes!

This year my mom got me this mercury glass hurricane and we filled it with apple cinnamon potpourri in Christmas reds and greens! This sits on my kitchen island. I like it because it doesn't take up much space, which is practical for my island where I do a lot of food prep.

Here's a view of my kitchen table. That centerpiece was what I had sitting on my island last year. I changed things up this year. Those paper plate wreaths are leftover from a craft project we made last year. The kids were so excited to hang them again even though the tissue paper is fading.

Here's a closeup of the centerpiece.

My dining room table. This pine swag has been my centerpiece for years but this year my mom refreshed it with new colors and new picks. I love it even more now! I also got a pretty new red tablecloth.

My coffee table in the den. My stepfather bought me that Santa when I was about 14 or so. He is very special to me and I love having him in my house now that I am an adult. I picked up those trees at the dollar store last year but didn't see them there again this year-- that's how it is with the dollar store. You just never know what you will find!

My mantle and the stockings all hung and waiting for Christmas!

I love these bears. It was the first Christmas present Curt gave me. I remember opening it and being SO confused and a bit disappointed. I was thinking jewelry, he gives me bears??? He smiled at my confused expression and pointed at the figurine. "Those are the four children (back then that sounded like a lot to us) that we are going to have someday. And someday you will put this in our house and tell our children how I gave you that when we had only been dating for four months. But we already knew we were going to be together forever." I still smile whenever I get it out each year. How romantic!

A little corner in my kitchen. Don't you just love this pretty cookbook?

This wreath hangs on our back door. It's facing in so we can enjoy it inside.

This little guy was an early gift this year. He is filled with (diminishing) candy. Guess it's time to stock up! I have him sitting on top of my cookbooks in our kitchen.

This Santa doorstop was carved and painted by Curt's grandfather, who is an expert woodcrafter in his late 80's.

A nativity and angels on one shelf. An NC State Santa and a Christmas Tree candle from on the other.

This scene dates backt to 1974-- all handcarved and painted by a local craftsman who has painted many wooden ornaments on our tree as well. My grandmother always had this in her house and I was so glad to inherit it.

Finally, the dry sink that sits in our entryway. I love the Snowman sentry standing guard.

Thanks for touring my home. Please do stop by again!
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Christy Lee said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas decorations! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Christy Lee

Leah Gillen said...

I do the exact same thing. I have to have a little Christmas in every room of the house. :-)

Michael, Trisha, Grace, and Anna said...

♥ your decorations! Your home looks fabulous, very festive! Your family is beautiful!
May you be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season!
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings~ Trisha

Bonita said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas goodies and stories. I like the idea of hanging the wreath inside the door.

Arlene Grimm said...

So nice to see all your creative touches....I like a little Christmas in every room as well!!

Karen said...

You have some really pretty and cute decorations. I love the hearth! I really like the idea of having a little Christmas in every room. Most of our Christmas decorations are in the main living area of our home: living room, dining room, and kitchen. And then we have a wreath on our front door.

Hope you have a great week!

Cape Breton Girl for God said...

Thanks for sharing Marybeth, you have a lovely home and i love that candle centerpiece the most that sits on your table in the kitchen i love candles:)

Cha Cha said...

I love your mantel, your home is lovely. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Muthering Heights said...

Your house looks so festive! :)

Valerie said...

It looks great!
Merry Christmas

Tammy Nischan said...

Merry Christmas, Mary Beth!

Hope all is well with you and your wonderful family!

Love you!


Campbell Jane said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your Christmas Spirit & decorations in your home. You are welcome to stop by my blog to view my tour as well.
Happy Holidays & Many Blessings