Friday, December 16, 2011

The halls...

...are officially decked! At least from the decorating aspect.

Brenda made me this wreath...she makes a lot of them to give away as Christmas gifts. Love it!

This is our tree. The only thing missing is the popcorn garlands, which Kayden brought to my attention right away, but it just didn't happen this year. If you look closely, you'll see the Polar Express train around the tree...more on that later!

This is the manger scene we had at our house when I was growing up. I did buy a new stable a couple of years ago, but all the other pieces are still there. I do have a Fisher Price one in the sitting room by the tree for the boys to play with and act out the nativity story.

I did this little Christmas craft with the boys the other night. We used to make these in school too, when I was teaching. I did it to work on patterns. It's just putting bead things on a pipe cleaner. When we did it, I did two red, two white, etc. on mine. Kayden wanted to do red, white, red, white etc. and he really took his time. This is Perrin's. He started out doing one like mine, then suddenly didn't care...but I think it still looks cute!

I have these gingerbread cookies on all my windows. I made them many years ago, real gingerbread dough, raisins and cinnamon buttons. Then I dipped them in wax and they have been preserved ever since. Except when Kayden was two, he took a bit out of one, thinking it was a cookie of course. He spit it out pretty quickly!

My fireplace. I made the stockings when my kids were little. The little boys stockings are in a different place, hanging on a cupboard. The wreath above the tree has lights on it. I didn't get it in the picture.

This is just a large tin with fresh pine, berries and lights by the fireplace.

I got this idea last weekend when I went on a local Christmas tour of homes. (Thank you Karlene for the idea!) So I came right home and did it. The bottom "snow" is Epsom salts, then cranberries and a candle. I have two holly bushes outside so I keep cutting fresh holly every week. The holly berries look so pretty! The little stars are cinnamon/applesauce ornaments I made and dried. It makes the house smell good and I just sprinkle them around wherever.

These are just some old graters I have and I put a candle under each and they're just on a wooden cutting board. Nice little glow when they're lit in the evening! This table is in the middle of my kitchen.

I have several Christmas cookbooks in a basket on my Hoosier cupboard in the kitchen. This cupboard has a gingerbread/holly theme.

This is the first shelf on the Hoosier.

A closeup of the ginger guys.

The little tree has applesauce/cinnamon ginger boy ornaments that I made with the stars.

This little Who house (you know, the Grinch movie and Whoville) I have on my window shelf over my sink. I bought it at Walmart for a few dollars after Christmas last year. I kept it in the box and wrappings and I think it's adorable. It was like one of those kits you put together, only it was already together. I love how the windows are all recessed.

Obviously jars of candy on my counter...

A small tree in the corner of our dining room table.

And my friend Audrey stopped in with this BLUE poinsetta a couple of days ago. I had never seen blue ones pretty!

This is in our mudroom off of our garage, where we hang our coats and take off our shoes. I made the tree picture several years ago.

This is hanging in our hallway...I made this too when I did the tree.

And now we are back to the Polar Express. It really is a fun thing! We just got it last week. We've read the book and now they want to see the movie.

They've been going a good job far. They're having lots of fun with it! I love Christmas! Fa la la la la la la la la


Anonymous said...


Can you come over here and decorate my house!!?? I will be gone all weekend so you are welcome to come over and work your magic. :) :)

Merry Christmas, Marcia!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great! I saw that wreath when I came in your door the other day and meant to tell you, but forgot. It is really, really pretty. I always think your house looks so cozy! I love all your OLD looking things!! :)


Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful! I love the way you decorate... You are hired to do my house next year :)


Anonymous said...

Wow! Everything looks amazing. It looks very cozy and inviting. And I like your blue jars with the salt and cranberries :) Glad you could get your decorations up and thanks for sharing. So nice!


Judy said...

Thanks for letting us "tour" your decked halls! Everything looks beautiful and perfect. I really enjoyed the pics. That blue poinsettia is awesome....I've never seen one before. Made for an awesome, bright photo. Once again, you are a clever decorator! Your wreath from Brenda is gorgeous. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the Season!

Stacey said...

I absolutely love the wreath, Marcia!!! Merry Christmas to you!

65 Roses for Marcia said...

JoEllen-you forgot to leave your key with me!
Laura-yes, most of my things really are old, including my decorations!
Jo-thanks, but I did good to get mine up!
Karlene-I loved your mantle too...I took a picture of it and might try that next year!
Judy-Thanks! I just didn't take any pics of the not so perfect parts, like the laundry room or upstairs!
Stacey- I know, I love the wreath and it's from my holly bush. I did make a couple of wreaths with her a few years ago, but it takes time, plus you have to trim bushes! (in cold weather)

Anonymous said...

Hi Marcia!! I love your Christmas decorations! it's exactly how I would like my place to look :) so cozy, comfy, warm and inviting!!

Have a Merry Christmas!!

Steph S.

65 Roses for Marcia said...

Thanks Steph and it was nice to catch up a little with you the other day!

Aspiemom said...

I love your decorating! You have a great eye for it and such talent. It looks so warm and inviting!

Keetha Broyles said...

Everything is absolutely adorable. My faves are the gingerbread boys in the windows.