And Merry Christmas!!
I’m so pleased that you dropped by for my Christmas house tour.
Can you smell the spiced cider simmering? Here, let me take your coat.
Please, help yourself to some cider and sweets.
Now let’s get started.
One thing that I always love when I take tours is getting the behind the scenes details. And yes, I have a bit of that for you too.
Don’t you love those pretty French provincial “screens” I found on the side of the road that grace the front windows so beautifully?
You’ll notice that there is a little theme going on here, for the most part. If you read my post yesterday, you may remember I mentioned how ‘JOY’ has become an underlying theme these past six months. That just might be the reason ‘Joy’ is very much a part of our Christmas decor as well.
We lease this humble home of ours. It’s the smallest house we’ve ever lived in. But, I can’t complain. When we were only married a few years, we had one of Good Housekeeping magazine’s Merry Christmas houses built. It was a saltbox. Since, I’ve discovered that I can make any home a Merry Christmas home. And you can too!
How’s your cider? It’s so easy to simmer it with a few spices. I could enjoy a cup almost every day.
You’ll notice several nativities. We have them scattered all over the house. They are little helpful reminders to keep the real reason for this celebration in mind. It really is easy to get lost in greenery, glitz, and gifts.
We love to entertain. During my recent flurry of decorating and picture-taking we were preparing to host our small group. Though our home is small, we manage to extend our table to seat many people. That’s the beauty of a combined living and dining room. Or as I like to call it….a great room.
Over the years, my husband and I have often bought Christmas decor for our home instead of exchanging gifts. The print over the piano and the large white nativity are two very special purchases.
Christmas has always been our favorite holiday. My dad loved decorating for Christmas and everything about it. I am so grateful for the many great memories I have of Christmases past. I guess my love of decorating is a way of celebrating those happy memories each year, as well.
Aside from the free greens that we picked up at Lowe’s in a nearby town, a dollar pack of tiny red glass balls used to decorate the ivy and book page trees, and the $5 spent on Paperwhite bulbs, everything comes from my stash, or from the garden, or field. My husband and I lost our jobs a few years ago. He’s been back at work for the past year, but things will be tight for a long while to come. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of being creative with the things I have. It takes longer. But, it’s been fun and satisfying.
With my Swedish heritage and some Pinterest inspiration from a few Scandinavian blogs, I thought it would be fun to create a Swedish Christmas room in my sun room. One creative afternoon I got out some leftover paint and transformed an old cabinet, and a chair I picked from the roadside in my neighborhood. I even painted the chair seat. Those two things made my Swedish Christmas room come together. It also helped that a month earlier I painted the natural wood trim white. I promise I’ll share more about this project in an upcoming post.
May I get you a little more cider or a Christmas cookie?
Now that we’re living in the mountains and enjoy a great view, it’s a treat to eat in the sun room whenever the weather allows.
Though I’m not a fan of the strong aroma of Paperwhites, there’s nothing like their beauty in the winter and especially at Christmas.
For those detail-oriented people. I am quite aware that I have a Dutch cocoa tin decorating my Swedish Christmas room. It’s my nod to my mother’s Dutch heritage. And, um, it’s red!
Usually, I decorate nearly every room….including the bath…which has a small nativity I made, some greenery, and an angel with a tree. Do you decorate just a room or two, or all? We were blessed to entertain out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than jumping into Christmas then, we chose to enjoy the season of harvest. I’m still working on the other rooms. My ‘studio’ as I like to call it, is next on the agenda to decorate. You’ll want to stop by again for that.
My kitchen is a dark room and not good for picture-taking. So, I only have one photo to share with you that is worthy for this tour. The message, though, says it all!
I hope you enjoyed your tour. If you did, would you kindly tell a friend? It’s so much fun to meet new people and develop new friendships. Please be sure to sign the “guest book” below (in the ‘Please Share Your Thoughts’ section at the end) and tell me what was your favorite bit of Christmas eye candy from this little tour. I read and reply to every comment.
Thanks for stopping by for my Merry Christmas house tour!
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