Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Open House...(part two)

I'm back with the second part of my holiday tour. I have the decorating done, but the shopping isn't started. Not much to do this year. As I told you in a prior post, this year we are cutting back, like a lot of Americans. We're cutting back, but it doesn't change Christmas or the meaning of Christmas. This year has brought many changes for our families finances, but we have been blessed in many ways. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that.  sometimes we forget the many blessings God has showered upon us. During this season, with so many people struggling,  give thanks to God for your many blessings....

Now, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the rest of the decorations from my house ....




The wreath is the same this year. I made the wreath. I taught a few classes this year on wreath making . Here's a tip for you... use and artificial wreath and once it's decorated, stick in some fresh greens. Your guests will think you have a real wreath on the front door. Once the season is over, remove the greens and replace the wreath next year with fresh greens.

 
I lit the fire for the first time and I had to show you a photo. Nothing says ,"Winter is here" than a cozy fire burning bright!



I added some Christmas decorations to the corner bakers rack in my kitchen. If there is a surface during the holiday, I will add a decoration to it!


I have lots and lots of family photos around my house. I've been told it isn't "PROPER" to have family photos out in the general areas of your home. NOT FOR ME....I DON'T CARE. I love my family and I love having photos, and lots of them. Here's a photo of the boys and their dad. Now my oldest son is 6'3" just like his dad and the youngest is 6'. They sure have grown since this photo. That's why I love having the photos. Photos bring back so many wonderful memories. The one with the children is a photo of me with my sisters and brother. I think I was 7 in the photo. The last photo is of my husband and I. I still think he is a cutie!!!
  
Brought out my santa plate. Just by adding some greens, berry picks, ribbon and poinsettias you can add some Christmas spirit to just about anything.
 

I had to leave my rooster out. I love roosters!



I always add Christmas decorations to my tables. Here's the hall table.
 
I added a strand of crystals to Santa's beard. Doesn't he look festive.



Oh here's another photo. More recent...It's our family photos from Christmas last year. More crystals were added to the candles.

 
The foyer table has Good Old Saint Nick! I added lights so there is a nice glow when the lights are low in the evening. Can't get away without another photo...This one, of my husband as a child with his family.



Here's a quick and easy Christmas accessory to make. I used and old book and tied some Christmas ribbon around the book. Add a bow and a glittered poinsettia. It's that easy. Oh another photo...This one is of some dear friends on New Years Eve.



I wasn't kidding when I said I have a lot of photos. My husband as a baby with his grandparents and a photo of his great grandparents in Russia years ago.



I added some green, berries and lights to the mirror. I love how you can see the reflection of the Christmas tree in the mirror. It's like having two trees in one room! Oh look at that...MORE photos.



The kitchen light is embellished with some greens and red Christmas ornaments hanging from wide ribbon.
 


The dining room is ready for Christmas dinner. I Made an arrangement for the table and added an arrangement on top of the china cabinet.



For some extra sparkle, I added some glass ornaments with different sizes and shapes and hung them from the chandelier.

 
The prism stars glisten and remind me of the first Christmas!



I hope you have enjoyed looking at my home dressed up for Christmas. It's my favortie time of year. Not just because of all the holiday decorations, but because of the true meaning of CHRISTmas. Chistmas for me, means love... The love my savior has for me and for you that he would send His son to be born in a manger. Christmas also means family and sharing the love with those special people in your life. I wish each and every one of you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
 May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!


13 comments:

Sherri's Southern Style said...
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Corinna said...

Absolutely stunning! I loved every single bit of it. I am really curious as to where you got the crystals that you added to Santa and the candle. I love that extra touch of those.

Gasp! Who on earth said photos are not "proper"? As a scrapbooker, I am appalled by that statement. My hubby and I both love photography so I have photos EVERYWHERE. Yours look great mixed in with all the Christmas-y stuff.

Melissa Wertz said...

Sherry, it is all beautiful!

da Bergs said...

GORGEOUS!!!! Looks like a magazine!!!

Janice Lois said...
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beth at aunties said...

It is simply lovely throughout!
I am one who also loves our family and they are so much part of our decor as they and the Lord are our life!
It looks like a home filled with Christmas joy!
So Glad I dropped in today:)

Kristi said...

What a delight to visit your gorgeous home!

Amy said...

Everything is so beautiful! Did you get the pattern I sent? I was going to call...but the caller ID had already erased your number. I need to just write it down. I hope you got it in time. I had my husband overnight it from his office.

Shawnee said...

I want to come and sit a while in your cozy home!

Kathy said...

Wow! Your house is A.Maz.Ing!!! I especially like how you used the music stand on the piano as an easel. Everything is lovely!

The Feathered Nest said...

Sherry, your home is just GORGEOUS!!!! You are amazing girl, your talent knows no bounds ~ I'm sure that your family loves all of the beautiful touches you add at Christmas ~ I hope you are doing wonderful sweet friend, I'm so sorry I haven't been by...my Bloglines hasn't updated your blog for me!!!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful, blessed Christmas, hugs and love, Dawn

chicroses said...

I am in awe over your decorations. They are beautiful.I came over via Dawns blog. I have never heard that you shouldnt put family pictures out..well I put as many out as I get them framed..even my sweet deceased baby Hank(dog) Your jar with baby is so darling. I like your idea of putting the jar on a pedestal..now I am for sure going to try to take her class..Now Im going back to see more of your blog...Merry Xmas..sally

GWENDOLYN said...

Sherry,
Your home is so warm and lovely and inviting. Who on earth would think it wrong to put family photos out for all to see? That is one of the things that makes a home charming. Wishing you and yours a glorious and blessed Christmas!
Gwen

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