I was so excited this year that Thanksgiving was early, because I do not decorate my home until after Thanksgiving and I had a full week to get it done before December 1st. Then, I burned my leg which really slowed down my physical capabilities, and we had to take a few days off to attend a funeral in another city. So, I didn't quite get the house decorated as quickly as I had hoped, but I did get it done.
This year, I put up not one, but TWO Christmas trees! One reason was Alethea of course. This will be the first year my grand baby is old enough to really appreciate Christmas. I wanted the house to be "over the top" for her enjoyment! The second reason is that we are actually in the process of renovating two rooms in our house, which left some "holes" that needed to be filled. What better to fill a hole than a Christmas Tree?
This is the tree I set up in our family room. This large corner was one of the "holes" needing to be filled. When this room is redecorated, this corner will hold a sectional. In the meantime, it was a perfect spot for a tree, lots of presents, and a sleigh.
We used to have a large, ornate entertainment center in this room. It came in three pieces, we moved two of the pieces to our sun room, but we thought these two pieces looked nice in the corners. I decorated around what usually sits on the shelves with greenery and white and gold flowers and ornaments.
On the opposite wall of the tree is a sectional. It's the first thing you see when you walk into the room. I originally wanted to put the tree between the two windows so you would see the tree first when you walked into the room. But, for safety reasons for Alethea, we had to move our sectional away from the balcony wall and to this side of the room. I was disappointed that the room didn't look "Christmasy" at first glance (you literally have to walk into the room and turn around to see the tree), so I took down a large painting that usually hangs on the wall between the window, and I added a lighted wreath instead. It was the perfect solution!
Here is the entry way of our home and also the entry into the family room. I framed the doorway with garland and tiny trees to add more of a "Christmas feel" to this room since you couldn't see the Christmas tree right away. Sorry for the hodgepodge of furniture and the pile of of boards behind the couch. As I said at the beginning of this post, we are under renovations at the moment. I tried my best to make it look as presentable as I could for the holidays.
This is a side table in the entryway. I decorated it with garland, a Christmas book, and a "Peace" sign.
This is my second Christmas Tree. This one is brown and gold and is set up in a small living room. This room will be the first to be renovated this winter. There use to be a small couch where the tree is located now. It was moved to the family room to provide extra seating for the holidays. That left a "hole" so I put the tree there. I actually really love the tree here. It is visible from the dining room and it is absolutely breath-taking. It would be nice to put a tree here every year, but I don't know if that's possible. We'll see!
Here is a view of the living room tree as seen from the dining room. I "framed" the view with garland and an angel over the doorway to the room.
I decorated the chandelier with white poinsettias, gold berries, greener, and white birds. It's hard to get a good photo of the chandelier because it's high up, but trust me, it's gorgeous in real life.
I also framed the other doorway in the dining room with garland. This view looks into the office and then the entry way, and all the way down to the back wall of the family room.
I put out a "Christmas Village" just for Alethea. I've had these houses for years, but it was a long time since I used them; mostly because I always struggle with where to set it up. I just don't have a good spot in my house for a Christmas Village. But I really wanted to Alethea to see the village, so I set it up on top of my piano.
I added Christmas plates on the plate rail on the wall.
I set up a candle display on the buffet top in the dining room. The little stick with words on the left side of the picture is a place holder that I was allowed to take home after going to a ladies Christmas dinner at my church. I thought it was so cute. It has a Christmas scripture on it, and it is held in place with two twigs glued together. So charming, yet so easy to create. The woman who made them so her son helped her make them. What a great Christmas craft to do with your kids.
Here is a close up of my Christmas Village. My houses are so old; some are around thirty years old. They make them so much nicer today, where you can see completely through the house and all the interior details. Oh well, mine are "antiques".
I have a lot of "extra" furniture in my sun room that's waiting to go to a good home. I have a lot of people that are interested in it, but no one can ever find the time or the right vehicle to "come and get it!" So the room is getting very cluttered and is starting to drive me crazy. I think pretty soon I just need to put a "Free" notice on Facebook or Craig's List, cause I really need the stuff gone. This is a dresser that I was trying to keep in the family, but no one wants it. I just don't have the space for it. So in the mean time, it sits cluttering up my house. I put Christmas greenery on it and filled it with pictures of my sweet Alethea.
I draped the staircase leading into this room with garland and red bows.
This was the entertainment that used to be in our family room. It looks much better down here as it is a big piece of furniture. I'm using it as a book shelf for now, but we may put a tv in here. I adorned it with lots of greenery and red flowers and ornaments.
I do decorate EVERY SINGLE ROOM in my house for the holidays, but if I were to show every picture, I would overwhelm you all. I do have videos on my YouTube channel of past years of decorating where I do show every room. I really just add one small Christmas element to every room even if it's just a Christmas knick knack or some Christmas greenery.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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