Christmas Cheer In Our Home

Merry Christmas my friends!!!
Come in, come in, come join me for a cup of Christmas cheer, while my house is actually 
CLEAN!!  
Let me get you a cup of coffee.  Or tea?  Perhaps a Christmas libation?
Here’s Old Saint Nick at the front door.  You didn’t know he was Irish??  
 But of course….he even brings a pot of gold on his Christmas sleigh!

From the foyer, there’s our tree in the living room.
I’ll spare you the details about how Hannah, Sean and I put it up and decorated it ourselves while Mark & Peter were in Ohio for football.  It’s not standing straight and I had it cut a bit too short.  Oh well – it’s perfectly imperfect!
Did you put up a tree this year?
I bought myself one new ornament this year.  I wish I could find a sparkly little dress just like it for Christmas Eve!!  What are you up to for the holiday?
Our glitter pinecones from a couple years ago…..I love how they sparkle when the tree lights come on!
The best kind of ornaments…..handmade by little munchkins once upon a time.  Look at how this lad now towers over me!
Yes, those are our new host chairs from the dining room.  They’re easy to pull into the living room for the computer armoire, or for extra seating, until we get some new furniture for this room!
Clementines at Christmastime……a must have!  Would you like one?
Do you believe our talented neighbor MADE this beautiful wood bowl for us, as a thank you when we gave him wood from our massive 2011 tree removal project?  It’s made from a solid piece of Black Cherry and I think it’s a work of art.

Simple wreaths hang inside the dining room windows.  I’m all about un-fussy these days.

All our own Christmas cards from over the years. 
1.  Where has the time gone, and 2. did I mention how lucky I am to watch these crazy people grow up??
My childrens’ interpretations of the gingerbread house.  
Do you like how they decorated the Rice Krispy Treat Trees I made?  Interesting.
Silver and pewter baby cups are one of my favorite vessels for flowers and fresh greens all throughout the year.  
Let’s freshen up your drink in the kitchen.  We love how we can see the tree from almost every room!

Amidst the Santa pictures on the side of our fridge…look at this gem I found at my parents-in-law’s!  That sweet babe happens to be the man I married…who knew there were photo Christmas cards in 1969!

Rockin’ the Dorothy Hamill in my brownie uniform, circa 1977ish.  Santa looks so happy doesn’t he?
My all-time favorite Christmas decor….cards from friends and family!  I’ve hung them on ribbons with tiny clothespins ever since I can remember and this look never gets old to me!  These will stay up well into the new year….I love all these smiling happy beautiful faces!!
Let’s go sit in front of the fire in the family room….I did a simple mantle this year, with fresh greens and lights.  It’s barely visible in these photos, but I wrote “Joy To The World” on the mirror with a white window marker.

This little guy is so excited for Christmas.  He made a very special gift at school that he can’t wait to give us.

Can I just tell you how filled up my heart is right now?  I am so grateful.  
For my kids.  My husband.  My mama and parents in law.  
For you!!  Your friendship.
How doing random acts of kindness lifted our heavy hearts this week.
For this house with it’s worn out wood floors, leaky faucets and bologna countertops.
(Did I mention it’s actually clean at the moment?)
I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you are filled with Christmas cheer too!
Let us raise our glasses! —

Wishing you a joy-filled weekend!!

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