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!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

THANKS and TWEEKS!

Hello!!


First off, I have several thanks that I need to say.

I want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who visited my Christmas Blog so far this season!! Whether you left a comment or not, I truly appreciate your visits.
I know everyone does not have the time to comment during this busy time of year but I check my stats and I am amazed by how many visits were paid to my blog!!

Thank You!

I also want to thank everyone who featured or mentioned my Christmas Blog on their blogs :

Potpourri Party over at 2805

Sheila over at Note Songs

Gingerbread Party over at Cozy Home Scenes

Read 'Em All Tuesday over at Toostie Time and Esther from Shabby Cottage Collectibles for featuring my Christmas blog on Toostie's Blog!!

And to Scot at The Adventures of Tartanscot for featuring one of my trees in his Christmas Decorating Contest!!
Please click HERE if you would like to see my 17 Christmas Trees!

I also entered a Christmas Tree Contest over @ A Whimsical Christmas.

And Kirsten over at Mushki Loves for featuring my Christmas Blog!


I am so flattered!! I must be blushing!

If I left anyone out, please forgive me and email me so I can include you!!

I also want to thank Natasha over at Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive, 365 for including my story of Polish Holy Supper on Christmas Eve and the tradition of Pierogies in her post on Christmas Food Traditions. Thanks so much ,my sweet friend!!


I also was contacted by Dave and Mary Morris who have a web site featuring Front Porches. They asked if they could use a picture of my Front Door decorated for Christmas on their web site. Click HERE for a link to their beautiful site, Front Porch Ideas and more. I will keep you posted as to when they will add my pic to their site! Thanks so much, Mary and Dave!

Please click HERE to see the page that i have been featured on.


And this is long over due but I also want to thank Cindy Adkins for including my story in her E Book "Angels at my Door". Click HERE to read about it!
Cindy, dear friend, I am so very honored!

I also want to thank those that posted pictures of my home on Pinterest!
Again, I am so flattered!!

And also THANK YOU to those who emailed me about my Home Tour!! Thanks so much!!

THANK YOU ALL!!!

Much love and many hugs going out to all of you!!

Okay, now I am starting to blubber like a fool......

Today, I want to show you some changes to my Christmas decor. After I finally finished decorating, I then had time to go around and do some tweeking!

I am so glad that I have taken a bunch of pictures and downloaded them to my computer before because my camera is on the blink!! I cannot delete pics and I cannot download pics!!
I am so aggravated about it as it is only 6 months old!
Actually I am sick about it!
So I will see where I will be going from here with this camera problem!

The first change is to the outside decorations was a dusting of snow on December 7th which happened to be my youngest son's , Jim, Birthday. It always has snowed on his birthday!!

I took this picture before I went to bed , hanging out the front door in my night gown!!
LOL!


Now here is what it looked like the next morning.....

Just a dusting but what a difference a bit of snow makes......



Love how snow looks on the garland....

And the flower bed looks so much better with a bit of snow....


Now we will go back inside....

I was inspired by so many things I have seen on Blogs and this idea was one of those inspirations....

I took gold netting like fabric that I had and arranged it on the top of the entertainment center where one of my nativity sets is.....

I also received a beautiful Christmas card that reminded me of this nativity set so I taped it to the base of the angel. Can you see it behind Baby Jesus???

Doesn't Mary on the card look like the figurine?????


I added the cute vintage reindeer to this vignette and filled it with 2 of my Childhood Knee Hugger Elfs.......

Added Shatter proof Balls to these shelves.....

Added , what I call a small accessory tree to the side of the platform in the Living Room for more lighting.....

And another one to the vignette on this chair.....
This made 17 Christmas trees decorated or lit in our home this year.....

Then Joe bought these LED branches for me. They are the Warm White LED lights and do NOT have that bluish light to them......

They add just a touch of light to the hutch...

And more Shatter Proof Balls inside the hutch....


Finished the garland going up the steps......

I have a set of Candle Lights on this garland to match those on the Living Room Tree....

When I showed you the Dining Room, I didn't have the chandy decorated yet.

I added some ornaments.....







The pink snowlfakes are from the Dollar Store several years ago and they only had 2 left then....

And sadly never carried them again!!

Can you see the crystals glistening.....

I was standing in the Kitchen one day and looked into the Living Room and just loved how the light was caught up in the crystals!

And I found 2 cute cupcakes ornaments from A.C.Moore's....

Aren't they so cute? Loved the pink and green colors. They also had them in red and green...

And I moved this angel into the Dining Room when I had no room for it out in the Den....

I just couldn't leave a tree bare so I added a pink bow to the top of this alpine tree and found some angel ornaments up in the attic....



And hung this under the kitchen cabinets....

It is actually the lid of a Christmas tin....

And I placed all of my son's childhood Christmas books in the bottom of the tin and placed it under the end table that the tree in the Den is on top of.....

These newer and vintage Golden books will be featured in another post...

Then I added a few Snow flake and snow men ornaments to this alpine tree...

And added some silver balls and ice blue icicle ornaments to the Powder Room tree...






And blue balls and a painted Snow man ornament to the swag in the Powder Room...

After seeing the pictures that I took of this tree, I adjusted the purple balls since they looked to all be in the front of the tree before and added a bow made out of purple glittered ribbon to the top....

You may or may not remember this tree skirt that I bought at a Thrift Shop for half price paying only $2.50????

Here it is in the Guest Room after I changed out the tree skirt that I had with this tree originally....

The pink ruffle matches a lot of things in this room....

And I changed up the top of my fake mantle a bit by added some vintage looking angel figurines and vintage reindeer....





So those are some of the changes and additions that I made as I went around the house tweeking decorations!!



If you missed my Home Tour, there are links to each room in my Side Bar!!

I was busy last week because of company coming and an Open House that I hold every year for people from our church that have helped us with the fund raisers that we were in charge of and assisted with.

I did forget to take pictures!! What else is new??? LOL!

I am linking up to these great parties:

Metamorphosis Monday
Amaze Me Monday

Mod Vintage Mix Monday

Masterpiece Monday

Tabletop Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesday

Rednesday

Open House Party Thursday

Potpourri Friday

Show and Tell Friday

Vintage Inspiration Friday

Home Sweet Home Friday

Pink Saturday

Seasonal Sunday

http://www.aholidayhaven.com/

Please stop by and pay these hosts and their guests a visit!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and every day that you take the time to visit me!!

Hugs,
Debbie



14 comments:

  1. Oh Debbie, thank you for all the magic, eye candy and inspiration you brought to us with your beautiful home tour, each room filled with a winter's wonderland and such beautiful holiday decorations to drool over. Thank you again for sharing it with us. Wishing you and yours a blessed Merry Christmas. FABBY

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  2. HI Debbie :) :)
    Wow, you really go all out for Christmas ;) :) It's so beautiful :) :) I really love that chandellier with the beautiful pink ornaments hanging down from it. It's lovely and romantic ;) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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  3. I'm completely smitten with your pink snowflakes on your chandelier. I agree the dusting of snow makes everything magical. I'm worried our white Christmas may not happen. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Christmas hugs!!

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  4. Your decorations have transformed your home in to a wonderland. I especially like your blue alpine tree and the nativity scene with the golden angel, where you incorporated the Christmas card.
    Terra Hangen, author of "Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts: Stories to Warm Your Heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holiday"

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  5. Your home tour is lovely, I really appreciate the time you spend showing us all the lovelies.

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  6. Debbie,
    Girl you amaze me!! I thought everything looked perfect before! My fav new things are the tin lid in the kitchen and the tin filled with books in the den!I also loce the new cupcake ornaments! They are too sweet. I bought two small trees at a Christmas garage sale on Saturday for 2.00!!! For two 4ft trees!!! I also bought some vintage ornaments for a dime each, a Victorian theme Christmas Memorie book, I may send that to you lol, a vintage plastic sleigh decoration, and a vintage noel decoration with a little reindeer and a snowman in it. All for 6.00 I think is what I paid and then I went back and bought a wooden wagon and a large handmade vintage style cloth Santa for 3.50!!!! Lots of bargins for the weekend before Christmas garage sale!! The sign advertised it as a Christmas sale and most of the items they were selling were Christmas trees and decorations!!!
    Have a wonderful week and Merry Christmas!
    Hugs

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  7. It's all so purty! I especially like your chandy! How cool is that!

    Take care.
    Cheryl

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  8. Love your chandy and so much enjoy seeing all of your pretty decorations.
    I hope for a white Christmas, just a little like you have, makes the lights at nightime sparkle more. I didn't decorate as much this year but there are a few picks on my Christmas blog. Where did the year go!
    Happy Christmas
    Betsy

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  9. led light for trees are mainly preferred to decorate trees and shrubs. They are available in different colors. Price also varies.

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  10. WOW! You do have a wonderful heart for Christmas! Love all your pics, but I especially like the Nativity scene! Gorgeous!
    Merry Christmas!
    xoxo
    Joy @ Christmas Spirit All Year Long

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  11. Christmas decorations always look so pretty when they've got a dusting of snow! Debbie, you deserve all of the attention and acclaim for your decorations. I don't think anyone works harder than you at making the magic come alive each Christmas. You're a true inspiration!
    Merry Christmas and Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

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  12. You forgot my Christmas tree contest ;-)


    www.awhimsicalchristmas.com

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  13. Hi Miss Debbie! Your nativity scene is gorgeous, I'm amazed every time I visit :o)...It doesn't look like we will have snow for Christmas this year, I can always shut the blinds light the fireplace and pretend it's snowing ...LOL! Have a Wonderful Christmas Sweet friend! I will see you back here in the New Year! Hugs and Love Jennifer

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  14. You are so sweet! Love all of the thankfulness. I am so jealous of your snow, we usually have a bit by now, but this year i am wondering if we are going to get any at all! Your decor is always so amazing. I am loving the chandelier it is so stunning! Well, I hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas! Thanks for joining and I am sharing.

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