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



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, over 20 in all shapes and sizes!!

The majority of my Christmas decorations are placed in the same spot every year and I know that this is not what most Decorator's care for but it is like seeing old friends again when I decorate each year for Christmas.......

I do try to add a few new things and change up things a bit but for the most part, these decorations are part of my Christmas traditions and I will not change them until I can no longer decorate like I do......

This blog is dedicated to All Things Christmas!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

IT's the 25th!! HAPPY RUDOLPH DAY!!!!!

It's Rudolph Day!

This means it is the 25th of the month of June.

Christmas is 6 months away!!

And Christmas in July is right around the corner!

I have decided in celebration of Christmas in July, I will be sharing with you some of my Christmas Inspiration!

I have many Christmas books including the entire series called The Spirit of Christmas by Leisure Arts.

This series ran from 1987 to 2003 with a new book published every year.

I bought mine on Ebay and I absolutely love them.

Each book is divided into 3 sections:

The Sights of Christmas- Decorations

The Sharing of Christmas- Gifts


The Tastes of Christmas- Recipes

These books feature everything you can make by yourself from Decorations to Gifts to Recipes for Cookies, Brunches, Parties and Dinners!!

Today I am going to share with you The Spirit of Christmas , Book One

The first thing I would like to mention is the graphics are amazing!

Please click on the pics to ENLARGE to read......

" The Sights of Christmas give the season it,s sparkle, and home is where the holiday spirit shines the brightest. Festive trimmings all through the house set a cheerful mood when family and friends gather to share the joys of the season."

Next you will see several decorating themes and great transformations. The book contains directions for everything!

A Beary Merry Christmas

Christmas on the Prairie

A Natural Celebration

Romance and Rose

Among the Pines and Vines

Reflections of the Holidays

Even though this book is from 1987, I think many of these ideas can still be applied and even changed up a bit to fit today's styles!

Sharing Christmas

" Giving is one of the greatest joys of Christmas, and you want your gifts to be as special as the people who receive them. Gifts that are lovingly crafted by hand show people how much you care, and they are sure to be appreciated and admired."

These are just some examples from the book...

Remember all directions are included!

The Tastes of Christmas

" The tantalizing tastes of Christmas bring us an abundance of pleasures. Good food and holiday cheer are always at the heart of the celebration when friends and relatives gather. "

There are tons of cookie recipes along with many others.......

As I mentioned before, if you are interested in these books, The Spirit of Christmas, you can find them on Ebay( here is a link ) or Amazon.

They are delightful with wonderful pictures and instructions!!

I do hope you enjoyed what I have shown you of Book One.

I will be posting excerpts from Book Two in a few days and I will be linking these series of post together with a link to the next book at the end of the previous post so you can start here with Book one and go right through to Book 17!!

If you have any questions on the books, please email me!


If you want to join me in celebrating Christmas in July,and see details of Book Two, please click HERE

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  1. With 100 degree days, it is hard to think about Christmas. I do believe it is Christmas at you house all year long. Very pretty.

  2. Debbie, I love your idea!! Very clever and INSPIATIONAL. I'm excited already!! Huggs Dianna (Sunny109)

  3. I love Christmas decor/recipe/crafts books. Such inspiration. Thank you for sharing your inspiring books at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again next week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. I had most of the Leisure Arts series and let them go when we downsized for our move. I wish I had kept them! Thanks for sharing the photos. I'd like to invite you and your readers to check out my gingerbread posts for June Rudolph day at http://rudydaynews.blogspot.com. Looking forward to Christmas in July! Mary in Virginia

  5. Thanks for sharing! I am currently working on Christmas ornaments for my fall craft fair.


  6. I have every one of those books, too, Debbie- They are some of my favorite books! xo Diana

  7. Those look like books I could use in my home, Debbie. I love Christmas and I always start planning early. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


  8. WOW... and I'm still trying to get ready for the 4th of July....LOLOL
    Too cute!!!

    Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY...


  9. Your book idea sounds great but I am afraid I don't have any good Christmas books apart from the kid's books. I do have lots of Christmas magazines though-can that count?!

    Thanks for inviting to celebrate Christmas in July with you!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  10. Hi Debbie!!!! Thanks for stopping by - you made my day! You are soooo sweet! I hope I didn't sound whiny or complain-y... I surely didn't mean for it to come across that way :) Just trying to figure out how to balance it all~like everyone else! Thanks for the invite to join you for Christmas In July! I would be happy to join your celebration... Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to read your blog yet - just kinda skimmed it - it's late and 5:00 is coming fast - and I'm pooped! So I'll stop in over the weekend - but don't hesitate to email me or message me and let me know what you are hoping for or wanting to do... I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! I'm getting SO SUPER excited! Even though it is a blazin' 95-100 degrees here - I enjoy the thoughts of Christmas in the air! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ;) Thanks again Debbie! I'll be back.


  11. Hi Debbie, I love old Christmas books. It's so fun to see past decorations and traditions. Like you say, many of them can still be used today. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  12. Funny, I just bought another Christmas decorating book yesterday at the library book sale. I just love these books. I have one large shelf in a bookcase just dedicated to chrismtas crafts/decorating!

  13. Hmmm....I love Christmas but I enjoy summer too. It's a bit too early to start thinking of Christmas.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. It's really hard for me to get in the mood living in Texas. But I know you think about it and am wondering when do you start decorating? I'll be looking forward to your Christmas posts!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday! Hope you will make it a week party stop!

  15. This is too cute! I could just see you getting all excited about Christmas now! :)
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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