Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas decorations 2012

Linking up with Kelly's Korner today for the Christmas home tour!!

We decided to decorate early this year (before Thanksgiving) because my parents were coming to spend about 10 days over Thanksgiving week, and I didn't want to decorate while they were here.  I probably won't do it again in the future, but I must admit that it was nice to have it all done and to just relax over the holidays :)  

We were fortunate to have access to the owner's 12-foot pre-lit Christmas tree.....perfect for the high ceiling in the living room.  The problem was keeping it up!


We finally ended up securing it with fishing line ;)  

In addition to the fake tree, we added a wonderful real tree in the hearth room, perfect for our favorite family ornaments!


So here's the outside




It pretty much speaks for itself ;)






Mistletoe ball!






I have this coat rack hanging in the entryway


(excuse the blur!)


Looking into the living room from the entry


Shutter I have in the corner of the dining room


The dining room


I kept the table really simple this year because we eat at it every night, and I need to be able to easily move the centerpiece.


Trees in the dining room


Country Christmas decorations :)


Back into the entry way










I have garland above all of the doorways 


And on the railing 


On the built-in shelves in the living room I have our nativity and some other pieces from Europe


The nativity is actually from Ecuador.  The pieces are all made of dough and hand-painted!  When the girls were little, my parents actually lived in Ecuador, and we went to the village where they made all of the pieces.  I also have a bunch of ornaments for the tree!


The other set of shelves


(blur...I didn't want to use my flash!)


Here's our little smoking incense guy from Germany (my sister lives there now & I lived there for 2 years during my teens)






We got new stockings this year


And I was so excited to find these pins at Target to help us keep them all straight!  There's nothing worse than trying to remember who had which stocking on Christmas Eve ;)










The living room tree decorated


I meant to put ribbon on the tree before we decorated, but I forgot....


....and putting it on after it was decorated was NOT an option!


The real tree in the hearth room 


The mantle in the hearth room




Kids' area :)  The basket holds our Fisher Price Christmas toys










Kitchen table


Snowflakes by Allie ;)


Kitchen






Here is the kids' Christmas book basket and a wooden nativity play set in a basket




A close-up of the decorations on the hearth room mantle




Allie made the burlap banners for me :)


And that's the tour :)




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