I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

WELCOME TO MY CHRISTMAS BLOG!!

WELCOME TO MY CHRISTMAS BLOG!!

Christmas is my favorite Holiday and my favorite time of year!

I go all out decorating our small townhouse for all Holidays but especially Christmas!

Every room in our home has a different Christmas Theme and Color Scheme!!

I prove that you do not have to live in a large home to have several Trees!

This blog is dedicated to All Things Christmas!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HOME TOUR 2011 , Part 2, the KITCHEN


Update, April 2012

I am entering this post of our Kitchen decorated for Christmas in the Talent Scouting Party over at Whisperwood Cottage for Cottage and Bungalow Magazine for "All Things Kitchen".






Please click HERE to view all the entries in the party.

And now to my original post of our Kitchen decorated at Christmas.....

Welcome to Part 2 of our Progressive HOME TOUR.

If you missed Part 1, the Front Yard, please click HERE


For those of you who have visited my regular blog, Debbie-Dabble, you know that we re-did our Kitchen in the Summer. I have been very happy with how the Kitchen looks now.

If you would like to read about out Kitchen redo, please click HERE

I am starting our room tour in the Kitchen because I have been itching to decorate the Kitchen for Christmas.........

So I will start with the little tree in the Kitchen....

This is Tree # 1......

I started with 2 slightly different sets of Peppermint Candy lights and a set of lights that the bulbs are half red and half white....

You can see the 3 different light sets on the 3 foot tree that I put in my Kitchen Milk Can.....

I made a new bow of the top of the tree.......

The tree is decorated with candy and gingerbread ornaments......

Here is what it looks like lit....

You can see that it sits in the milk can and fits in the corner by the desk and hutch.....When there is a will, there is a way!!

I do love the way the Christmas decorations look against the red wall.....

View from the side coming from the Living Room down the hall way.....

Lit at night....

Here is the one wall in the Kitchen......

You know how much I love the Candle light feature on my camera....

This is the Hutch decorated for Christmas.....

My Kitchen Santa's.....

Both were purchased at J.C. Penney's....

This one I have had for quite some time...

This is the one that I just bought....

I was amazed at how much these Santa's went up in price. This one was $50.00 !!
It was marked down to 50% off and I have a coupon for an additional 10% off and also a JCP reward for $10.00 off. I paid about $16.00!

Candle holders filled with Candy Canes instead of candles and another new bow.......

The 2 shelves in the Hutch.....

The top shelf.....

I replaced some of the things that I normally have on display in this hutch with some Christmas items.....

A Snowman Tea Pot and a Christmas Candy Cookie Jar......

The little Gingerbread houses you will see on these shelves are ornaments from the Christmas Tree Shop which were $1.00 a piece but I have a 20% off Total Purchase Coupon!


On this side, pretty much everything has been left alone except for adding some Christmas picks and greenery to the yellow enamel Coffee Pot......

This is the left side of the second shelf. I have shared this vintage bowl filled with cookie cutters with you before and I was so flattered to see that someone posted my pic of it on Pinterest!

But I do need to tell you the story about this. I had this bowl filled with the cookie cutters sitting on the ledge where my Kitchen window ( we removed it when we made our patio into another room) used to be. When I started to decorate for Christmas, I didn't want to pack it away so I moved some things off the shelves of the hutch and stuck the bowl on the shelf and threw a few candy canes in it to make it look Christmasy!! I like it so much there on the shelf in the hutch that it will most likely stay there after Christmas!! So I didn't put the cookie cutters in there as a Christmas decoration!! LOL!!

On the right side of the second shelf , I left pretty much everything where it was but removed a vintage bowl that had apples painted on it and replaced it with a red and white dotted Tea Pot inside of a Tea Cozy that a friend of mine made!!

And I filled the tea pot with some Christmas picks and greenery!

And on the desk, I have set up a bit of a Sweet Shop....

Santa's Sweet Shop tin sign I bought at an old Walmart that was turned into a Merchant's MarketPlace last year!! I fell in love with this sign!

The placemat is from the Dollar tree!

I have all kinds of "faux" goodies on display...

I just bought this cute candy tree at The Christmas Tree Shop. I filled some apothecary jars with Christmas candy.

The small cupcake and the dessert in a little covered dish are ornaments. The large cupcake is a candle bought at Kohl's last year and the dish I have it placed in and the cookie ornament were just bought at The Christmas Tree Shop. Those candy colored dishes were only $1.00!!

I love this Candy decorated House!! I bought it a few years ago on Clearance at a local store for a mere $6.00!!

And I filled a green depression glass dish with more ornaments.....

And the other side.....
This small Kitchen Santa came from Cracker Barrel about 6 years ago!

Here is what the hutch looks like lit up at night. I have candle lights on the shelves....

The huge candy cane ornament in the middle also came from the Christmas Tree Shop this year....


Just had to show you this wall one more time.
I am so glad that I painted the back of the hutch and the shelves red.....


This is looking out into our Den.....

Above the door way to the Den ,which used to be our patio , and this was the back door of the house originally....

A Christmas Cookie plate, red star bottles from The Christmas Tree Shop, glass candy garland which was a Flea Market find and candy strips from the Dollar Tree this year.



Above my stove......

More ornaments and magnets......

The sign hung up on the soffit....

Pillsbury Dough Boy Pot holder and vintage looking plaque....

This is where our Kitchen window used to be....

I took the valance down that I had hanging here and moved it ( you will see it later) and put up lighted garland....
Candy ornaments are hanging from the garland .....

At night.....


I bought this swag about 8 years ago on Clearance at T.J. Max for $5.00!! I redid it a bit this year,adding candy picks and a new bow!!

I posted about this chandy on my regular blog awhile ago. It was black and I spray painted it white. I bought it on Clearance at Ross for Less for $3.00!!
I added some Christmas greenery to it and hung my small vintage Kitchen utensil ornaments from it and a snow man ornament in the center.....


This is the ledge that I mentioned before when talking about where the vintage bowl filled with cookie cutters was originally...

More ornaments hug on the side of the cabinets...

A ceramic Kitchen Santa......

This is just a plain red vase filled with a set of 20 clear lights and a hanging ball of berries and apples placed on top......

The other side of the cabinet....

This Christmas Head Vase was a gift from a friend.....

This is the view looking into the Kitchen from the Den.....

I do love the way it looks lit up....


Looking into the Kitchen from the Dining Room......
Ignore those coffee mugs on the counter...

On the counter in the corner, I have a Santa Head Planter filled and lit resting on top of a copper planter, covered with a vintage Christmas napkin....



Another wall in the Kitchen.....

This sign was another gift from a friend and I have loved it since I received it!!

The top of the Refrigerator.....

A few Gingerbread items......

The Gingerbread people, jar and charger all came from The Christmas Tree Shop

Gingerbread house was another gift from a friend.....

With the lamp on....

Looking into the Dining Room....

More gingerbread men......

Okay, this was a pass through from the Dining Room in to the Kitchen but I did not want to be able to see the Kitchen from the Dining Room so I hung curtains, creating a "fake" window!!


Here is the copper wired 3 tier basket that was a flea market find for 25 cents....

More garland hung and decorated with sugared apple and gingerbread cookie ornaments and candy garland......



I took the fruit out of the basket and bought large candy ornaments again, at The Christmas Tree Shop, and put them in the baskets....

Couldn't resist this red glittered " SWEET" sign.....




The Counter Bar.....

A few Christmas Salt and Pepper Shaker sets.....

Penguin Cookie Jar ( Target After Christmas Clearance)

Vintage Boot found at a yard sale and candy cane mug for pencils and pens....

Another Cookie jar from Target.....

A cute chopping board with Penguins and Postage Stamps for Joe ( remember he is a mail man) and cupcakes and gingerbread men for me!!

On the side of the counter bar, I hung a cute simple wreath with another ornament inside of it....

With the lamp on......
Remember the valance that I mentioned before?? It was on a spring tension rod so I hung it in the door way to the Kitchen from the hall way!!!

And added some candy garland to it!!

So that is my Kitchen decorated for Christmas and Tree # 1......

Next on our Progressive Home Tour is our DINING ROOM.

Please Click HERE
to continue the Home Tour and see our Dining Room...

I am still decorating the Living Room and have the Den and Powder Room to decorate yet. I should finish them this weekend as I am off from work. So far, there are 10 trees up and counting....

I am linking up to these parties:
Show and Tell Friday

Home Sweet Home Friday

Vintage Inspiration Friday

Thrifty Things Friday

Potpourri Friday

Deck the Halls Friday

Pink Saturday- special Christmas editions

Seasonal Sunday

Sundays with Santa

Metamorphosis Monday

Mod Mix Monday

Amaze Me Monday

Masterpiece Monday

Tabletop Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesday

Rednesday

Open House Thursday

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Itz Festival Time Party

I'll Be Home for Christmas Linky Party

GingerBread Linky Party

http://www.aholidayhaven.com/

Show Your Glow Linky Party 2011

Christmas Cheer Blog Party- Holiday Vignettes at a Thoughtful Place

http://honeywerehome.blogspot.com/

Holiday Decor @ Michaela Noelle Designs

Christmas Blogger Block Party- Christmas in the Kitchen

Hooked on Houses Holiday Home Tour

Holly Blogger Christmas


Please take some time to visit some of the hosts and participants of these fantastic parties!

Thanks so much for visiting me today and every day that you take the time to do so!

Hugs,
Debbie

54 comments:

  1. No wonder you need to have time off work, stunning. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. Wow, Debbie, you've been a busy girl! I love all the gingerbread men! Your candy tree is adorable and I like your bowl filled with cookie cutters. The window is another favourite. Thanks for the tour and have a wonderful weekend.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Blessings and hugs,
    Sandi

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  3. Wow. Simply amazing. I have been scrolling up and down taking in all your wonderful decorations and vignettes. Have a special thanksgiving.

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  4. I was busy making lunch and decided to come to the computer..and WHAM..I ran over here..LOL LOL..oh girl. Loved it all...yahoooooooooooooooooooo. You know I've been waiting patiently.lol

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  5. Amazing Debby and this is part II! Stunning Christmas decor, every piece and every vignette is simply wonderful Xmas wonderland! I love everything, can't say anything specially! I decorate, but not so rich and whimsically gorgeous as you, you're a special lady. Happy Thanksgiving!
    FABBY

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  6. Hi Debbie, I was dropping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and was greeted with a wonderland of Christmas. Everything is fabulous. You know how I love your decor and the vignettes you create all around. My decorating will be tomorrow and I came to the right place for my inspiration.
    I just caught up on all your posts so I don't miss a thing. Love it.
    What a would like to know, where and how do you store your decorations between seasons? I use large rubbermaid containers and place them in a attic walk up with labels and such.

    Have a special and blessed day sweet girl.
    XO Celestina Marie

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  7. Wow!! Can I come to your house?! I love it all!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Debbie!

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  8. Oh what fun! I love all your decorations in red and green... I am way behind on my decorating! Happy Thanksgiving Debbie! hugs, Jennifer

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  9. I sure am enjoying your Christmas tours of your beautiful home! I've been pinning your photos too. I think you may love RED even more than I do. I haven't started decorating yet but we did finish our annual Christmas letter for our Christmas cards. I may try to drag out our exterior decorations tomorrow (before the rain comes again). Your kitchen is just stunning! It doesn't matter the size of your home...you have made yours a happy one.

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  10. Oh Deb I do not know what to say. Everything looks so totally awesome. I just love the bowl and cookie cutters. And the story is behind it is great. Your teapot and cozy arrangement is so nice. And I love all your kitchen Santas.

    I just have to comment on your tree. It is just so pretty. Your are after my heart with it. I also do my kitchen tree in candy and gingerbread. We must be long lost sisters with liking so many of the same things.

    I hope to be all decorated on Sunday here. Just been way to busy it seems.
    Again I just love the way your kitchen looks.

    Karan

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  11. Fabulous! You think of every detail! I just don't understand how you get this all accomplished!?

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas spirit with Potpourri Friday!

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  12. Amazing collection!! I can't imagine putting up that many decorations..obviously a work of love! Looks like the North Pole at your house! Happy Holidays!!
    Miss Bloomers

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  13. A perfect wonderland, for sure, Miss Debbie! So cheery and bright. My favs in this room are the gingerbread decor items. LOVE it ALL!

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  14. Very pretty!!


    Barbie and Ken, please come and see. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Wow your kitchen is amazing! This is how I imagine Santa's house at the North Pole =)
    MaryAnn

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  16. Happy Pink (Festive) Saturday. I haven't been by your blog in a long time, nice to see ya. Lots of great ideas and the bowlful of cookie cutters is a treasure. The story adds to it! That "fake window" idea is great too. Love the reds and festiveness of your blog border too. Thanks, Jenn

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  17. Hi Debbie!
    What a delightful tour! I loved and WILL be here for the next ones because x-mas really is the BEST time of the year!
    If you have a time, come to visit me too! It would be great! Zazá

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  18. Love all of the vintage touches.

    - The Tablescaper

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  19. What an amazing festive post!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  20. Wow, Debbie, This is certainly a collector’s holiday décor! I enjoyed looking at each photo and reading the details you give in your captions. Thanks for taking us right into the room!
    All the best of the season to you,
    Carrie

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  21. I would love to wake up at your home Christmas morning ;o) Love the vintage touch!

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  22. Oh Debbie, I am so glad to see someone that decorates more than I do. I love Christmas and sometimes think I go over board. But then a girl I know that has a shop (she also decorates homes for people) told me that she just finished a ladies home that had 84 trees; yes, 84! Your decor is fantastic, love it all! Especially the bowl full of vintage cooking items! I do a candy gingerbread themed tree in my living room. Happy Holidays!

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  23. The decorating elves have certainly been busy at your home. Thanks for sharing your photos. My favorite vignette was the bowl filled with cookie cutters. Brings back a flood of childhood memories. ;-)

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  24. Hi Debbie,
    I'm in awe of your kitchen Christmas decorations. So very beautiful! The window area is simply magical, and I'm in love with all your vintage cookie cutters. Everything is wonderful.
    Maureen

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  25. Oh Debbie, you are already in the Christmas mood and anyone who sees your house must be too! I love your cookie cutters, but especially the gingerbread one. We've had the same cutter as long as I can remember, and that cookie cutter was always my favorite to use. Partly because it was cute and partly because it made the biggest cookies. Important to a kid, you know!

    I don't normally mention my blog on other people's blogs, but I'm having a Gingerbread Party starting Dec. 1st. I'd love for you to link up your fun kitchen. Details are on my blog if you're interested.

    Hope you have a wonderful December!

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  26. Wow! Your kitchen is a Christmas Wonderland! It's very pretty.

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  27. Debbie,
    Your kitchen was made for Christmas decorating! The decorations and all of your collections look wonderfully displayed! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  28. Your kitchen is so warm and cozy to begin with, but when you add these Christmas touches to it, it's simply enchanting!
    Happy REDnesday,
    Carol

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  29. Your Christmas tours are the best ever. So nice seeing them right from your own home. You and your home are filled with so much beauty.

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  30. Debbie, I just finished my tour...WOW!! This is just incredible!! What a true wonderland!!

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  31. Oh my peppermints and gingerbreads! I've already seen several of your pictures pinned on Pinterest. I adore the jadeite bowl with the cookie cutters, etc. What a festive kitchen! I even got my husband over to sneak a peek at all you have. (He kept asking how long it took you to decorate it all. lol)

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  32. Everything looks so cute and festive Debbie....my favorite things are those candy lights...your kitchen looks great...love all those vintage treasures on the shelves and wall :)
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season...
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

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  33. What an awesome post this week. I have scrolled thru all of your beautiful photos and cannot believe all you have done. Your house must be absolutely beautiful. You have left out nothing. It is sheer perfection. A real Christmas home...even Santa and Mrs. Claus would love to be living there. Heavenly. genie

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  34. Oh Debbie I just love it all..I can just smell the sugar cookies baking ha ha!! You have done an awesome job my dear friend..Hugs and love Gloria

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  35. OMG Debbie! You are amazing. Loved the kitchen for everyday, but this Christmas Kitchen is worthy of the Mrs. Claus Good Houskeeping Seal of Approval!!! But, LOL......I am pooped jsut thinking of all the work this entails! I mean the kitchen is yummy and the Mauve room is gorgeous, but phew. I am in awe and inspired.

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  36. Hey Debbie, long time no see :) What an awesome job you have done creating and I think it is wonderful that you were able to find so many bargains and that so many of your special pieces were gifts. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. OOOOOHHHHHHHH..WOW!!!!!!...I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE YOUR DECORATING AND THE PICTURES....

    Greetings from Germany
    Sonja

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  38. I've just pinned your Charles Dickens' quote. Where do you get the energy to do all this? Is it OTC or what? Happy Day!

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  39. Hi Debbie! Now that your kitchen is red, everything Christmas stands out more and I swear you could be Mrs Claus...LOL! I want your kitchen! I love all the candy stuff and cookie cutters and the tree in the milk can is just fantastic...I love it all! Have a nice day friend! Hugs Jennifer

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  40. Wow, I would enjoy spending my days in a kitchen that looked like yours! So so pretty! I absolutely love that little tree with those peppermint lights and bow that matches....squeal!!!! So stinkin' cute!! Great job!

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  41. Good morning Debbie. I know I already commented, but thanks for linking up to my party and putting the button on your sidebar. Just wanted to let you know I saw these things. They are very much appreciated. Have a great weekend!

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  42. WOW! And I love how everything looks at night! The cookie cutters are such a sweet idea! I love everything...especially those gingerbread men! ♥

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  43. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It is pure Christmas heaven in your kitchen!!!!What a special, warm, friendly, and amazing place to spend the holidays at!! Your home is amazing! The time and effort you put into decorating your home is beautiful. thank you so much for sharing it with me.
    Big hugs and have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Lynn

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  44. Debbie, I just toured the kitchen! Wow such happiness in there. I love the bowl of vintage cookie cutters because I believe I used every one at one time as a little girl making my own cookies. Boy did that bring back memories. What is always mind blowing to me is how you fit so many items into a room and it all comes out looking wonderful. That is a rare talent/gift you have! I will come back in a few days to take more tours. Blessings.

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  45. Wow ! Debbie - Amazing Christmas decor in kitchen theme... !!! Love the Santas in their cute aprons... !!! Everything looks soo lovely !!

    Thanks for linking to the party !!

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  46. How fun is this. Adorable Kitchen tree! And the cooking Santa are so cute. So many lovely ideas! Thinking I may have to try a few. Shared this. Thanks so much for adding it to the party :)

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  47. Goodness gracious great balls of CHRISTMAS!! You really do it up right!! WOW!

    Awesome awesome awesome. Thanks so much for linking up to the Show your Glow party! Your pictures and decorations are beautiful. :)

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  48. Happy Pink Saturday, Debbie - and Wow! Wow! Wow!

    You have been working very hard, and all of your kitchen Christmas decoration are absolutely amazing. It must be wonderful to see in person.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  49. This is an amazing post love all your Christmas. So happy to meet you I have enjoyed looking around. I have just found your lovely blog through the blog on Christmas cheer link wonderful to join in. I'm now following you hope you visit me sometime, follow back if you like so nice to find new friends to catch up with. Have a great day.
    Always Wendy

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  50. You sure do love Christmas! So many fun decorations! Thanks for linking up with me for our Christmas Cheer party!

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  51. Love your attention to detail! Your holiday decor is lovely.

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  52. Love your attention to detail! Your holiday decor is lovely.

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