December 8, 2012

More Christmas Home Decor

The house is finally ready!  The air is getting colder!  The smell of firewood is in the air!  I even saw a few snowflakes in the sky!!  Christmas time is near!  I finally finished (at least for today) our interior and exterior home decorations.  I wanted to share a few with you. :)

This is SO easy to do.  It did take some time, but easy.  All you need are some Dollar Store ornaments, some floral wire or string or fishing line, garland and ribbon.  Just start hanging each ornament one by one in the center of your chandelier until the desired effect is complete.  I started with the lowest ornament first and just started filling in the gaps.  Smallest on bottom and largest on top.  You can do this with all the same color like I did, or with several different colors to match your decor.  I just wrapped the garland around the spokes of my chandelier and attached the ribbon to the shades with straight pins.  I tried tape first, but it didn't stick.
Here is is with our centerpiece.

I found this subway art on another blog and of course I can't remember which one.  I LOVE it because it really embraces the true reason of Christmas.  I also like that I placed it near our nativity scene. I find it fitting.

This snow village was a surprise find for me!  I purchased a box of outdoor garland/lights at a garage sale and when I went to unpack the box this season I found this in the bottom!!  I only spent $5 on the box of garland, so this was EXCELLENT!!

This was also a Dollar Tree decor choice!  I hung a wreath on the inside of our back door so that I could enjoy it! :)

This advent calendar is a family favorite! I found it a few years ago at Walgreen's and every year I restock the boxes with candy and activities and reuse it!  The kids LOVE this and look forward to it every morning!

This is our Family Christmas Tree.  This tree doesn't come out until after Thanksgiving when the whole family gathers round to decorate it. We put on Christmas Music and let the boys go to town.  Most of the ornaments are on the bottom 1/3 of the tree.  I love it though! 

No, that is not a fire wood holder.  It is a manger.  A good friend of ours made this for us and the boys so that we can teach our children about the meaning of Christmas.  We don't put presents under the tree until Christmas Eve when the boys go to sleep.  We really didn't want our children focusing on what they were getting as gifts the whole month.  Instead, we have this manger under the tree to represent the greatest gift we have ever received...Jesus in the form of a baby to save us from our sins.  On Christmas Day, when they wake up, baby Jesus is laying in the manger in swaddling clothes.  We then sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and open our gifts.  I cherish this tradition!

Up the stairs to the playroom/guest room. 

 This is our entry way looking from the family room.

I have also hung a wreath on almost every window in the house! 

On the windows with the Christmas tree, I hung candy canes from ribbon so that the tree lights could be seen from the street!
Here is our Formal Christmas Tree

Garland above the windows in the Formal Rooms

This is in the kitchen over our sink.

A little personal family Christmas card display from years past and present.

These are our kitchen cabinets where I am displaying all of our incoming Christmas cards from around the world! :) (We have friends in England, Estonia and Asia)


Here is what our outdoor Christmas lights look like!

That's the Formal Christmas Tree on the left.

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