Merry Christmas! Come on in. Welcome to my little hole-in-the-wall. I’m pretty much finished decorating for Christmas. With less than two weeks to go, I’d better be.
My motto is, “Less House, More Home.”
My house is actually a townhouse. More specifically, it’s a builders basic townhome, in a townhome community. But… My home is full of more love and more laughter than a gazillion larger homes put together. We have “less house” than many and “more home” than most. (We also have more dog hair than most, please disregard.)
We’re working on one room at a time… One step at a time… To create a beautiful home that we can live in and enjoy, until (God-Willing) we’re able to move into a larger home.
Oh look, it’s the resident smart-alec teenager. “I’m doing a Christmas Home tour. Just in case we decide to go upstairs, is your room clean?”
I guess that’s a “yes!” We’ll see about that. Sigh… On with the tour.
Starting with my living room. Um… I mean living “area.”
One of the worst parts about living here, is that I don’t have a fireplace. And, the way I have things set up, I don’t even have room for a fake one. So, I make do. Instead of a fireplace mantel, I decorate the top shelf of my entertainment center. It’s my Fantel. Fantel standing for ‘fake mantel.’
In the past, I’ve purchased fresh cedar to use around the house, but this year I just stuck with the freebies that I pilfered from the parking lot at Lowe’s. They had some really nice guys working the tree tent, too. They were kind enough to bag everything up for me, and they even carried it to the car. You can’t beat that. And, I walked around my neighborhood, and cut my own Magnolia and boxwood branches to stick here and there. I would have cut more Magnolia to use, but I was afraid of getting chiggers and bugs in the house. Do chiggers even live on Magnolia trees? I couldn’t find an answer to that, so I erred on the side of caution. Ha!
My fantel is pretty much the same as last year. I don’t change out my decorations from year to year like other people do. I might add or omit, but that’s about it. This year, I’m missing some things. I can’t even find the box with the stockings. They’re somewhere in storage… Sigh. I don’t know if we’ll skip the stockings this year, or come up with another alternative. I’m not gonna buy anymore, as I already have too many.
And here’s our tree. It’s got a “Christmas” theme. Anything related to Christmas is fair game; Santas, reindeer, snowmen, elves, angels, etc.. And yes, I do have a few religious ornaments, but they aren’t very easy to find. Or at least, they aren’t very easy to find at a time when I can afford to buy them. If you want a closer look at my tree this year, you can click here to visit that post.
I have a very nice Christmas Village and a large Colored Tree as well, but in the past few years, I’ve decided it was too much for my small little home. So, they’ll stay in storage until we move, or finish everything upstairs and start decorating more up there.
And, this is Gubler! He’s such a sweetie.
This is my big girl, Liesl. She’s the only other girl in the house, besides me. She’s the Princess.
I keep the coffee table simple, so that we can see the TV.
Normally, the elves hang out on my chandelier, but this year they’re occupying the sleigh. The Elf that belongs here is in the same box as the Christmas Stockings. At least, I hope he is. Hmm?
Turning back around towards the Entertainment Center…
My Christmas Decor is very traditional. I prefer the usual Christmas colors of red and green, and I love vintage, and anything cute or whimsical. I’m very into the “magic of the season.” I want to get back some of the spirit that I had as a kid.
I know some folks only put their Santos out at Christmas, but mine are out all the time.
Kringle Hollow is tucked inside my Entertainment Center all year, too.
I love German Smokers. These are the first two, of what I hope becomes a larger collection of Toy Peddlers.
This is a handwritten music book from London, dated 1842. It’s pretty tattered and falling apart, but the handwriting inside is absolutely beautiful.
Moving into my dining area…
In addition to not having a fireplace… The second thing I miss most, is not having a true dining room, where I can display my China and create beautiful tablescapes.
I do have room for a small bar/buffet.
I’ve been collecting Byers Choice Carolers. I have the Dickens Collection, and I get a new one every year. I have about 10 different versions of the Scrooge/Christmas Carol movie. It’s one of my favorites.
This little tree has a whimsical, woodland theme. I’ve filled it in with silhouettes I made of all the kids (my son and nieces and nephews,) and little book page fans.
Onto the kitchen…
Macushla is ready for the cold weather. Too bad we live in Florida.
And that’s about it for now. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my cute little home, and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! Come back and visit often!
P.S. Remember my son said his room was clean? Well, you don’t even wanna know. Sigh…