Merry Christmas From Our Home To Yours

I hope you are as excited about Christmas as we are over here.  Noah and Esther can hardly contain their excitement. I think they are the most excited about the Christmas Eve service where we worship.

Esther is convinced that attending the Christmas Eve service calls for a fancy dress. So “fancy” she will be. Noah’s wardrobe is still up for debate… mainly because she hasn’t thought about it yet.

The groceries were bought yesterday for all the yummy cooking we plan to do and hopefully the gift shopping will wrap up tonight.  So, as we begin to slow down I thought it would be fun to share with you our Christmas decor this year.
Christmas 2015I am a sucker for red. I love it this time of year! I had fun using it on our mantel and around our fire place. It was fun decorating our new space this year.  I tend to get in the habit of placing the same decorations in the same spot each year.  Do you ever run into that problem?  For instance the red glitter ornament used to hang above our dining table… until this year. He looks pretty happy hanging above the mantel this year.
Christmas 2015
Christamas 2015Ok, I know this might not have been one of your main concerns when moving into a new space but I promise you knowing where to put the tree has been on my mind ever since we moved in.  I love the location we chose.  The tree is visible from several different rooms and has plenty of space for presents under it.  We also didn’t have to rearrange our living area.  Christmas 2015And as usual we added another ornament to tree to commemorate our 8th anniversary together.  This year we splurged and had 2nd row seats to see the Lion King here in Memphis.  So one afternoon while the girls were sleeping at Disney I found this festive looking Simba in the Christmas Shoppe.  Now that we have been married eight years (almost nine) we have a little collection of ornaments going on and it’s fun to be reminded of each anniversary every year when decorating the tree.  I’ve even started writing the year on each one so I can keep them all straight.  Christmas 2015Because my blogging has been less than stellar this year (2016 will be better, I promise), I realize you may not have a complete feel for the layout of our place.  For a better understanding check out the layout of the floorplan here.  Michael Luke surprises me with flowers each month on the day of our anniversary.  This month he gave me a beautiful bouquet of lillies, carnations, and daisies. I also have displayed our Christmas card from last year. It was our first one as a family of four and our manger scene.  Noah likes to rearrange the figurines from time to time so it’s always fun to see what’s going on in the manger.    Christmas 2015The decor is fairly simple in the dining room. I love the simple row of metal trees in the middle of the table. I’m sure as Christmas dinner approaches I’ll spruce it up a little more.  The miniature trees work wonderfully on the bar giving the area a little extra height and helping to soften up the boxed opening between the kitchen and dining room.  Christmas 2015For the first time ever I decorated our bedroom.  I got the urge to do it after looking at this year’s Southern Living Christmas issues that featured so much garland.  The draped garland adorned with ornaments and ribbon gives the bed an even more romantic look.Christmas 2015Christmas 2015I added a mini tree to my nightstand with a chest of gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh beside it.
Christmas 2015I placed this small tree from my childhood on the opposite side of the room.  It gives a soft glow at night and adds a bit of nostalgia to the room.  I draped a full size gold tree skirt around the base for fun and decided to leave the branches bare.Christmas 2015Decorating for Christmas is so much fun and is filled with so many pieces that have special memories behind them. What special things do you display at this time of year?

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