Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Home Tour



I would never decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving was over.  I felt that Thanksgiving needed to be honored in its own way. So many people are trying to speed up these holidays (Heck, I saw Valentines and Valentine candy at CVS yesterday)! I want to feel like I'm savoring the year, not speeding it up . I'm not a big shopper so it has always been a tradition for me to stay home on Black Friday and get all my holiday decorations out. That's when the official Christmas decorating begins at our house.


UNTIL......This year!  I was really in the mood (I think in part to my friend Megan talking about decorating) and I decided to start pulling out the Christmas decorations on the Sunday BEFORE Thanksgiving (gasp)!  I know it's just a week earlier than normal, but I really liked getting into the Holiday spirit a little earlier. When people say "Holidays" do they include Thanksgiving with that too?  Because from now on, I think I am including it!  I didn't feel bad putting up Christmas decor before Thanksgiving and in fact, I think I might make it a new tradition now to put my trees up the Sunday before Thanksgiving!


I really liked how my friend Megan showed all her holiday decor around her home. I enjoy seeing how people decorate for the holidays. Even though Megan does not put up a tree, she goes all out! Kudos to you Megan!

I wanted to do something similar, but I am not as talented to add the video. Therefore you will only get still pictures. I hope it tells the story just as well!

The Trees


                                                           This is our main tree in our den.


This is the tree in our living room. I've always had a white tree in the living room but because I use to stick it in front of the window, it discolored over the years. Last year I had to buy a new one. This is the second year using this tree and I'm just not loving it. It's not as full as the other one was. 


This is our Steelers tree in what I guess we would call the man cave. I know its a bad picture but I already took all these photos before I decided to do this post. When I took them my only intention was to text them to my mom... haha. This tree has only Steelers ornaments on it. I love the multi colored lights and wish we could have those lights on out big tree (but that tree is pre-lit).  Our fireplace in this room is also decorated but I did not get a picture of that. 

Sometimes I put up a tree in my bedroom and decorated in purple decorations. This year I just didn't get around to doing it. 

The Fireplace



                                                  Our garland and wreath light up.


 I really need to become a better photographer when it comes to photographing Christmas lights!

Dining Room

The next few pictures are from the shelves from a hutch that I decorate in my dining room.


The three snowmen were actually a hand me down from my MIL and I love them. They've had a home on top of the hutch ever since I got them many years ago. The pink glitter Christmas tree was left over from when I use to decorate my living room in only pink Christmas stuff. I don't decorate with pink anymore so was thinking about getting rid of the tree but thought this was a good place for it instead. Scott says it looks out of place.


 This is an old photo of my grandparents and my collection of Willow Tree angels. The thing hanging above is icicle garland.


As you may notice, I like to group together like doo dads.  Here is my snowman collections. I do believe every one of these snowmen were given to me. Also, that is a picture of my sister and I at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World  over 10 years ago!  I Still put it up every Christmas!


My Disney Snow Globes. I can't really do much with this shelf because the center snow globe is very tall and it is actually larger than it appears. I love it though and it comes out every Christmas. I think both of them actually play music too!


Across the room is my collection of Santas. All of these where given to me as well.  My Christmas card holders is Mickey heads!


 My table center piece is very simple because we actually use our dining room table and I don't feel like moving things around each time we sit down.  I usually put on a snowflake table cloth but I am retiring it this year because I found a stain on it.


This is Snow Flake Jake (that is the name he came with). He is also from my MIL. He collapses and gets taller.


This is Baylee's Christmas stocking. We normally don't hang it in the dining room but I got rid of the stocking hanger in the other room and this is just where it ended up. I suppose I should move it before Christmas. (The tag on the side of the stocking is actually a storybook about Duffy Bear. If you are a Disney fan, you know who Duffy is!)


I have a smaller hutch on the other side of the room where I put up a Disney Christmas village but after looking at it for 10 minutes I decided that I did not like it there.

Living Room



This is my favorite piece!  I ordered this pillow for myself last December and was excited when it actually showed up before Christmas! The throw blanket is a Disney blanket that my sister got me for Christmas last year.  Can you find the hidden Mickey?


                      Some of my Christmas candles and my favorite Christmas picture.


I have a lot more Christmas decor that I did not photograph because it would take too long. It is really time consuming uploading these photos so you get to see a sampling of the photos that were already on my phone!

We also put lights up and decorate the outside of our house but i already proved to you how challenging it is for me to take good photos of Christmas lights so i will spare you the blurry pictures...lol

One last category to make this a true Friday 5........

 Work



 This is my door at work. Some of my language students helped make the snowman.


What's your favorite holiday decoration? Whats your thought on my new decorating tradition? -M








31 comments:

  1. All of your decorations look great! We only decorate our family room area, but we do put some Christmas towels and placemats in the kitchen. We have our main tree in the family room and then the old small tree that we used to use in our apartment is in the hallway. I hope you have a great Christmas!

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  2. Love the Christmas decorations! I got a late start this year unfortunately...I really wanted a smaller tree with white lights this year but ended up getting a tree that's almost exactly the same size as last year, with the same decor...oh well! I hope you have a great holiday!

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    1. I'm sure it looks lovely! I usually use the same decor each year but this year I switched It up!

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  3. Your decorations are beautiful! I used to go all out but as the years have passed, I'm doing less...

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    1. Actually I have been doing less in years past but I hosted a Christmas gathering at my house this year so thought it was a good time to step it up a notch!

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  4. So festive! It's all I can do to put up ONE tree! I do like my collections of doo-dads too.

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    1. Yes, fortunately most of those doo-dads were gifts or hand me downs!

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  5. Looks beautiful! I've had both of our trees up (and two on my porch),but no tree skirts out (when we're not at home) cuz I can't trust Max to NOT wet on them LOL

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    1. Oh no! That's terrible that he wets on the skirts. Has he always done that? Is there a particular smell that attracts him to the tree skirt?

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  6. Its all so beautiful!
    You know I love all your willow tree goodies.
    My house for the holidays this year? Toys & puppy pads everywhere, haha

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    1. I actually have my Willow trees out all year long but they are groups differently!

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  7. Wow! That's a whole lot of trees, decorations, and work, no doubt! But very pretty. Enjoy & Merry Christmas!

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  8. I saw Valentine's Day candy out yesterday too-why? Who needs that today? I love the fireplace decorations the most

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    1. I know right! Who's worried about valentine's before Christmas?

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  9. I love the decor, it's all so festive! Holidays really snuck up on me this year and we've hardly done any decorating at all.

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    1. Isn't funny how we know it's coming at the same time each year yet we can feel so far behind? I've felt like that before too!

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  10. Your Decorations are so beautiful and perfect!!

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  11. Your house is so elegant! Your trees, dining room table, and fireplace are especially beautiful. I wish I had a fireplace to decorate! Thanks for sharing! :) Do you have any outdoor lights up?

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    1. Thank you! I wasn't even gonna show the table since it's hardly anything..haha. Yes we do have lights outside but they are difficult to photograph.

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  12. The puppy pillow!!! Love all of your trees, too :) Merry Christmas!

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  13. Wow! I love the hearth! We travel for the holidays so no decorations for us. Thanks for sharing yours!

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  14. Love love love all of your decor! The trees are my favorite!! :)

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  15. I love all of your decorations!! I would love to have multiple trees up one year! It seems like so much more fun to get to decorate them with different styles around the house!

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  16. I'm in love with all of your decorations! I love to decorate for Christmas - we literally have bins of decorations we've accumulated over the years, lol

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  17. Looks great! I love all the different collections. When I was growing up my grandma had a huge collection of Santa figurines that I was obsessed with... I am kinda thinking about starting one of my own in memory of her. I do have a few already handed down from her that I could start with! I also love the idea of having framed Christmas family photos that I put out this time of year.
    The snowman on your office door is adorable!

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  18. I love the all the decorations, especially the multiple trees. That's something I want to do once we have more room.

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  19. Your house looks great! I love how much time and effort you clearly put into decorating for Christmas. I try to add a couple new items to our collection each year, but I'm nowhere close to where you are in terms of decorating the entire house.

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  20. So cute! Love all your decorations!

    Can we talk about how I saw EASTER CHOCOLATES TODAY?! #facepalm

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