Our Christmas Home 2011 {twinkling lights and all!}

This Christmas has been a beautiful season. It just seems to be more relaxed. I'm learning to savor the moments a little more. To count my blessings. And to thank my Father for the greatest gift of all... His son. Plus, I am thankful for another year with my love.

I decided to go with most of the decor we purchased last year. Most of our ornaments and tree decor was decked out with traditional Christmas colors: Green, Red, and Gold. For the mantel we added lights, stockings and a "Peace On Earth" sign.

We decorated while watching Holiday Inn with a roaring fire and yummy egg nog. I love little things that make "traditions" a little sweeter. Quite literally! ;-)

My Christmas Candy of choice this year was Ghiradelli Peppermint bark with DARK CHOCOLATE. It should have been named " Amazing Christmas Holiday Crack" because it is quite addictive and the perfect after dinner treat. I think one bag will be enough for this year, otherwise my jeans may not fit for New Year's.

My favorite gift wrap is the Snoopy & Gang. Just a little whimsy touch to the traditional look of our tree. And of course it matches my Peanuts collection of decor. :)


For the dining room table, I was able to pick out a few new pieces this year. I loved the old world gold items. I try to keep the sleigh filled with the Christmas Reece's Peanut Butter cups.

Our "Ornament" of the year was a four leaf clover. Since our big trip of the year was Ireland, it only seemed fitting to get one that reflected that. I love it!



For the traditional ornament exchange we host between ourselves, I gave Josh Peppy Le Pue ornament. It very much fits our personalities. Especially Josh's. ;-) For those of you that know us in real life, I'm sure you know what I mean by that. He gave me the "I <3 Chocolate" ornament. Can't imagine why he would have chose that. HA!

These little Christmas carolers were adorable. I found them at a Christmas "garage" sale. Two elderly ladies were hosting it and I had to stop to check it out. Ended up getting them for mere quarters, and I love them! Very "Dicken-ish" if I say so myself.

I've been reading through the Christmas Blessing for my 6th time. Since I was a teenager, this has been my book of choice for the Christmas season. The story never gets old. The tears and laughter never subside when reading. It touches my heart every. single. time. I wish everyone I knew would read this.

And center stage in our little home, is the little clear Nativity set. A simple remembrance for the season. I hope our hearts are filled with more love and thanksgiving than ever before.


Linking up with Christmas Home tours with Kelly's Korner, Keeping The Christmas Spirit Alive, Shabby Creek Cottage, Michaela Noelle, Ten June, Inspired Room, and The Nester!

31 comments:

  1. I love seeing your decorations! That nativity is beautiful :-)

    We haven't exchanged ornaments yet...can't wait to pick ours out though!

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  2. Great decor! So pretty (: Thanks for linking up!!

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  3. I love your nativity set! Your tree and mantel decorations are beautiful...and that stone fireplace is amazing!

    Blessings,
    Jane

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  4. Such a pretty tree! I love the cute little skunk ornament. Adorable! Thanks so much for the visit today. :)

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  5. Your home looks so cozy. The little carolers are super cute. I would have gone for those too!

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  6. Oh, I *love* the way you photographed your tree and home! Your lighting made me want to grab some of that egg nog and settle right in there. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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  7. Beautiful decorations!!
    And I love the little ornaments :)

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  8. Your home decor is stunning--I especially love the mantle! :)

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  9. Great job with the decorations!! I keep telling myself every year that I will have cool Christmas decorations...riiiight. It's so fun to have holiday traditions!

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  10. lovely decorations!! and thank you for the reminder of where my heart and my head needs to be right now about this holiday season

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  11. So beautiful - I love it! Your home looks incredibly festive and warm and ready for the holidays ;-)

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  12. Beautiful decorations, and beautiful photos too! I've had the opposite of a relaxing Christmas this year, but I'm learning to just go with the flow and adjust my expectations accordingly!

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  13. It all looks wonderful! Love the I <3 Chocolate ornament!!

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  14. So very,very pretty! I love that you watch "Holiday Inn" while decorating. Such a classic Christmas movie. Merry Christmas to you!

    Kathy

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  15. It all looks so cozy!! I can definitely see coming to hang out at your house as a relaxing thing to do :)

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  16. Beautiful! I love the carolers :) And I love what you said about remembering the true meaning of the season.

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  17. Everything is so beautiful!! I've never read that book, but I think I'm going to have to now :-)

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  18. ^If you do, you will have to tell me what you think. :)

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  19. very pretty! Have a Merry Christmas and thanks so much for stopping by today.

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  20. Gorgeous pictures! Love your decorations!

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  21. Your home looks SO BEAUTIFUL! We are slowly adding decorations to our home! Gooner thinks your tree is, "So pretty Mom! Beautiful!"

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  22. I have that same Peace on Earth block/sign! Love your decorations. Merry Christmas to you both!!!

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  23. ok seriously your home looks totally festive!

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  24. oh gosh, all of these christmas decorations are just so fabulous!!!
    xo TJ

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  25. Merry Christmas love and love all of your twinkling lights!

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  26. simply Perfect decoration. Your choice was really artistic and modern. I bought same things from American Bridla

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  27. Such beautiful photos! I love the clear nativity.

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  28. I loved getting to see your home at Christmas time! It looked like a perfect Christmas card type of Christmas. :)

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  29. Great pictures! I love all your decor and ornaments-esp the I <3 chocolate one. I need one of those on our tree at home! :)

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