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!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Lanterns and A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts Book Review!!

  You may remember that I bought these lanterns on Clearance in Lowes for $3.99 each.....


I am linking up to this weekly party celebrating Christmas in July!!!!!
 Christmas in July Blog Hop  Every Wednesday in July!!

  This is how they looked as part of my Fall decorations in the Living Room.....
I wanted to dress them up a bit more for Christmas so I went to Dollar Tree......
Okay, please forgive the tablecloth with watermelons on it......

I used it to protect the ottoman from glitter while I played and I should have realized how funny it would look when I took the pictures.......

I had 2 rolls of ribbon which said "Merry" and "Greetings".
I combined them together when making 2 bows, one for each lantern.......

I bought this piece of greenery that has a clip to fasten it on to whatever you want and I also bought one pack of these gold pine cone ornaments......
I added a bow, the greenery and one pine cone to each lantern......
I then placed a few small ornaments inside the lanterns.......
And here they are on the steps.....
 The gold Nutcracker candles were gifted to me.....
I have used these Candles in the lanterns......
You can read about them HERE

I have them set on red and green......
You can see the colors better in these photos........
They look great lit at night in red and green........
 How it looks as you walk down the stairs.......
 A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts!!!

I want to Thank Terra, over at Terra Garden, for being so kind as to send me a copy of a wonderful Christmas book, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts,  that she co- authored!!
 I LOVE Christmas books and this one does not disappoint!!

 It is filled with wonderful stories........
Recipes and Crafts.......
Tips on simplifying your Christmas and on creating Traditions for your Family........
I look forward to relaxing this Christmas season, with the house all decorated, sipping on a cup of tea and enjoying this wonderful heartwarming book!!

Here is a link to A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts Blog...........
Here is a link to where you can purchase this great book for yourself or as a gift:
 And here is a link to a post that Terra did about the Book:

I want to THANK Terra for gifting me this lovely, autographed book.......
I know you all will enjoy this book !!

Thanks so much , Terra!!

Here are more Sneak Peaks......
 As you can see, I have started the Kitchen and yesterday, we finished the outside of the house so I can light it up on Thanksgiving Day night , which is our tradition!!

I just have the Powder Room and the Den left to decorate!!

 In my next post, here on my Christmas Blog, I will be starting to share all my Christmas decorations......
On Debbie-Dabble, I posted a Mini Christmas Home Tour of the Downstairs and Upstairs.

Please Click HERE and HERE if you missed those posts!!

I hope you will come back to visit when I share Christmas in the Master Bedroom.....
 And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......


A Debbie-Dabble Christmas
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  1. Oh Debbie the lanterns look great. Don't you just love the flameless candles. I am always afraid that I will fall asleep and forget to put the candle out. So mine are just for show.
    Everything's coming along great at your house.
    I am decorating and I am almost finished with the inside and still thinking about how I will decorate the front porch.
    Looking forward to seeing your home all decked
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. It looks like you are well on your way to a bright and cheery Christmas Season! Enjoy your decorating time. Blessings, Cindy

  3. Debbie, thank you for your sweet words about my book in this post; I hope our book will bless many families. Terra Hangen co-author of "Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts: Stories to Warm Your Heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holiday."

  4. Love your laterns. I want some. I'd love to do more on our stairs.
    I'm looking forward to more of your pics. I'm hoping to get the lights on the balcony done this week so we can turn on Thanksgiving evening too.
    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home.
    Have a good Friday.

  5. Love those pretty candles! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Lynn

  6. Beautiful peeks into your decorating, great deal on the lanterns and I love the big bow, that is neat that the decorations have clips on them, and the ornaments are such a cute idea around the candle. I saw these candles in Michaels the other day and was wondering how they look lit up, they are pretty!

  7. I love how the lanterns look! I like that you can change them up with the seasons - less to store. Everything is looks fabulous! On my way over to check out Terra's book.

  8. I love lanterns in general, but yours are special! They are perfect for Christmas! Your home is like a fairy book!

  9. I bet everyone wants to spend Christmas at your house. Your collection of decorations is huge. I especially love your pink tree. Cant wait to see the rest of your rooms.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  10. Oh Debbie, these lanterns are just right for the holiday season. So festive.

  11. Hi Debbie! It's more than beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your beautiful home! I love the idea of the lighted lanterns on your stairs! I would love to do something similar. Thank you for sharing your wonderful decorating talents with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  12. Debbie I have two white Lanterns like yours and I love to change their decor each season! Yours glow beautifully in the dark! Also, Christmas stories and recipes all in one book would be a great gift! Thank you for sharing at Share it Link Party this week!

  13. I've not seen a lantern candle before, they are very pretty all dressed up as you have done them

  14. Such a pretty ribbon on your lanterns and they look so pretty at night!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  15. Love your lanterns, what a great idea :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, have a lovely Thanksgiving :)

  16. Debbie, the lanterns look great and I like the red and green glow from them. Terra's book sounds like a lovely read. Thanks for sharing with us and Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. These are such great ideas! :) So cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Debbie, what a fabulous deal you got on those lanterns! You dressed them up so nice for Christmas. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. Your lanterns look wonderful on your stairs and you make the prettiest bows.
    All your decorations look beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  20. Your lanterns are so colorful and festive, I really love how they look at night! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  21. I was just working on a lantern this morning! That is what I need now is a bow on top. I love it Debbie. The gold nutcrackers are darling too. Thanks so much for joining the Dollar tree party:)

  22. Deb, I love Lowe's clearance! Clever, that you have used yours for several seasons. Thanks so much for sharing@Vintage Charm!

  23. YAY for Christmas! I can't wait to start decorating my home and will begin next Saturday when we got get our Christmas tree :)

    Your lanterns look so pretty, dear Debbie. I just love seeing your Christmas decor. So glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  24. Those lanterns are gorgeous.. like a high end florist. Thanks for linking up at You're Gonna Love It! Pining!

  25. Precious!!! Your decor never disappoints. I can't wait to see more Christmas! Thanks so much for linking up each week. Hope you'll join again tonight. I'm heading over to pin this post! Good stuff!


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