Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Welcome to our Christmas Home

Welcome to our Christmas home.

I've been busy decking the halls, and boy is it taking awhile.  It seems like I don't do things quite the same each year, and so it seems to take forever ~ yet looking at these pictures the changes are always small.  
I guess I'm just slow.

But come and in and visit our entry and dining room.  Tomorrow I'll try to have the living room and library.

We have no foyer, you enter right into our living room.  I always put the tree with the glass ornaments in the living room.  You can probably tell that from my 3 year old header!
{ you also get a glimpse of the new floors that I am still recovering from}

This is at the top of the stairs.

An old cross stitch I did back in the day, but I love it and the hand painted mat and buttons so I was glad to find a place for it.  

A new little do on the newel post.

I changed the way I arranged the hutch, a change only noticed by me.  I always add the red toile dishes at Christmas and some red gazing balls ornaments.

My nativity remains unchanged ~ the manger is from my childhood, and plays Away In A Manger.  The figures are resin, Fontanini.  All but the sheep that is, I think those were my grandparents too.

Our tree remains the same too.  We have had this tree for about 7 years.  It is our only tree that is not prelit.  I use lots of silk poinsettias, tucked in deeply, and then add about 3 or 4 dozen red and green balls, also tucked in.  The hard part for me is next and that is the gold beads.  They can be a pain to hang, but I love the sparkle they add.  Then I add my Radko ornaments and a few others that I love that are glass.  The sparkle of this tree is just wonderful.
Of course that doesn't show up in the pictures.

I want to highlight a few of my special ornaments. 

This stack of books is not a Radko but I love it.

Another, non Radko representing our cabin.

I got this one to represent the millennium.  1999 on one side and 2000 on the other.  Very few of the Radko ornaments are dated so I like this one a lot.

I got the Chicago to commemorate the year Bob was president of his professional organization.  The conference was held in Chicago.

And, lastly, I've shared this one in previous years, but I think it's my favorite.  And it is granddaughter Elizabeth's favorite too.

So, that's it for the first tree.  I'll be back soon with tree 2.

Joining Kim for Wow Us Wednesday.
And Honey We're Home's Christmas Tree Party.
And the perfect party for me, The Better Late than Never Party at Housepitality Designs.
The Holiday Housewalk at Jennifer's.


The Rusty Heart said...

Hi Sue! I feel the same way this year! It is taking me forever to actually finish everything up. I think if you don't do things the same every year it just takes a little longer! Everything looks so nice, I can't wait to see more! :)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Oh, Sue, I've been waiting for your posts! Everything looks so warm and inviting...I can feel the love that you put into everything that you do! This just made my day! I can't wait to see more!

Debbie said...

Well first, I LOVE those floors. I would love to have something like that here.

And the rest of the decor is just beautiful. I love the way you did your dishes, and I think your tree is awesome. My mother would love it.I wish I could get the hang of doing a full and beautiful tree like that.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Your tree and entry are absolutely stunning! What a festive room! And I agree...decorating for Christmas DOES take forever!

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Everything is just lovely. I love your xstitch Christmas sampler. Thanks for sharing, visting from Savvy Southern Style.

Lori said...

I have all glass ornaments on our tree too. Love the gold bead look, but I think they would weigh down our real tree. What happened to the old floors? Aren't you in a fairly new home? I think I might start the grands on the Fontanini manger figures, one each Christmas.

The Martys said...

Everything looks great (as usual). Your newel post turned out cute. See you can do it. You have added a few ornaments since I have been there. It seems fuller. Love the Chicago ornament. Can't wait to see the rest. (wish we could be there in person to see it)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Your tree and dining room are beautifully decorated! I have a few Radko ornaments too and love them.

Leslie said...

Such a lovely manger display! Love all the pops of red everywhere and the garland on the banister is gorgeous!

Suzy said...

Just beautiful, Sue! I decided that I'm going to start collection Radko ornaments next year, so I love seeing some of the gorgeous ones that you have. Love seeing the reflection of the tree in the mirror. Thank you for linking up to the Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations bloghop.

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Thank you for sharing your holiday home with us!!!!

Anne Boykin said...

Absolutely beautiful! Happy Holidays!