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

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Anne Marie's Christmas Home Tour, 2021





 Welcome to my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!

 I am so happy you decided to stop by my Christmas Blog!!

  Every room in our townhouse 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 room every year and I know that this is not what most Decorator's care for but to me, it like seeing old friends again when I decorate each year for Christmas as many of my decorations were gifts from family and friends........... 

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 bring back a lot of treasured memories.....

Just a reminder, I will be NOW posting 2 times a week !! 
I am going back to posting on Wednesdays and Sundays!!!!



 I hope you get to spend the upcoming weekend celebrating with those you love!!!!
 Today, I have a special treat for you!!!

I will be sharing my good friend Anne Marie's home decorated for Christmas!!!

Personal Notes will be back when I post on Sunday.....


Anne Marie and I met at the Wilkes Barre Scranton Pens Hockey games....

She and her husband had Season Tickets and sat in the row in front of Joe and I .....

At that time, both Tony and Joe smoked and always went out to smoke together....

Both have since quit...

Anne Marie and I started to talk and quickly found out we had a LOT in common....

Both nurses, both loved the Victorian style, both had sons name Joe, both lost our Mom's and were closer to our Dad's and the list went on....

We were destined to become friends even though we live about 25 minutes apart, with me living in Wilkes Barre Twp. and she up in Scranton....

I have been sharing Anne Marie's house decorated for the different Seasons and Holidays since it is no surprise that she also loves to decorate like I do!!!
Since the onset of the Pandemic, she has been kind enough to take the pictures and send them to me.....

Hopefully, things will get better and I will be able to visit her home and take the pictures myself!!!

So without further adieu, here is my dear friend's beautiful home all decked out for Christmas....

Both her and her husband Tony love to collect antique pieces and that includes some magnificent furniture pieces....

So grab a cup of something good to drink and sit back and ENJOY!!!!!

We will start at the front door.....

The descriptions are Anne Marie's words....

The Foyer

A bucket with poinsettias is by my front door.
 The Hall Tree.....

 I did a vintage toy soldier theme......
Post card from early 1900’s.
 Vintage toy drum and wind up soldier who plays his drum. 

The fan and drumsticks are new.

The stairway is across from the front door.....
A Victorian newel post lamp.....

Basket with bear and book across from sofa table
   The dome with Santa is by the entrance to cellar.
I want to point out that Anne Marie's husband Tony taped off and painted those stripes on the wall going up the stairs!!!!!

 The Living Room
The Sofa Table

 Holly fairies on the sofa table

A small white feather tree on a chair behind a corner of the sofa....

  I have the ornaments on it that Debbie just gave me and some vintage ones.

 The box with the Angel is set at the base of the tree
 This is the Side by Side and what I have on the shelves and on top



 The  sitting area in front of the Living Room window......

Vintage tea pot, cup/saucer, cake plate and treat box.

  Some antique Christmas books and an 1890 Ladies Home Journal December issue

The antique Organ.....
     The smaller quilted glass light is a Victorian fairy light. 
I have one on each side of the sheet music.
 Close up of the banner on top


These are our wall unit shelves in the LR


What I filled the crib with that Debbie gave me.....


  Two children’s fur muffs with doll heads that are 90 years old
  The middle one that I also have a standing picture of by candlelight is a “snow baby doll”

 Then I have my antique doll with the bear nutcracker that Debbie gifted to me
 Silver Santa and holly box on table by wall unit. 

  Tinsel tree and Vintage Santa (who opens and is a candy container) by vintage telephone stand

The Dining Room
 Candelabra in the Dining Room by Hutch.

  The China Hutch.....
  Antique calendar plates. 
 Antique T & V Limoge Holly/Berry China pieces.
A December botanical plate/page. 

 Three vintage Lefton Holly girls.
 Some Vintage Wilton pieces(the small Victorian shoe, the larger boot and the bell) old glass merry Xmas bottle. 

Waterford champagne glasses ( that my aunt gave me) on a silver tray along with vintage Santa/Noel mugs
The washstand with a Homer Laughlin Holly pitcher filled with faux greens and berries.
 Vintage ornaments in a vintage dish on bottom. 

 The Buffet Table in the Dining Room.....
 Antique cigar boxes and some antique cigar accessories. 
Boxes are filled with vintage ornaments.
 First accessory is a silver Holly match case. 
Second is a silver 1877 snuff box.

 Third is a 1865/1909 cigar cutter.

  (Don’t know why it has two dates)
The fourth is a silver mistletoe match case.

 The silver vase looking item is an antique cigar humidor. 
You can see the rolled cigar on top of the lid.
 Anne Marie opted for just a small Tree this year....
My Tree......
 Reproduction feather tree.
  The topper is antique tinsel with pom poms
 The silver ball ornaments are vintage. 
  All the scrap and tinsel angels are antique.

  I finally got my revolving musical German tree stand that I wished for a very long time 

 Garland on the Dining Room mirror is just a boxwood garland with two different sized vintage ornaments hanging on it....

The top of the Trunk by the Fireplace.
Antique calendar plate.
 Santa’s are not antique but the Holly teapot and sugar bowl are

The Fireplace....
The Fireplace Mantel....
I did a collection of Santa’s (Belsnickle style). 
 All are reproductions except the red one in the middle......
 He is antique, circa 1890.
  He is a candy container.
My candles are vintage Mirostar.


Urns in front of the fireplace are from Micheal's about three years ago.

I got them after Christmas for $30 for the two of them.
 Originally the two were over $100

A display on top of the Victrola......
 A lot of early 1900 postcards


Antique Holly chamber stick.
 Some antique books. 

Another calendar plate

The Dining Room table.

The centerpiece is an antique silver figurative nut bowl with squirrel....

 An antique ruby glass pickle caster.....
 An antique celery/olive dish
  Christmas Story dishes, bought at Kohl's.....
 To wrap things up…
 A few Kitchen pictures....

Debbie made the cone for me and of course also the wreath with the vintage poinsettia.

  A mirrored plateau with a Santa, bottle brush tree and silver nut cup. 
Last but never least Autumn!

Isn't she a Sweetie?????
A perfect end to a great tour, don't you think?????
I hope you enjoyed seeing Anne Marie's home decorated for Christmas this year....

I may add that Anne Marie works for an Eye Clinic who has offices throughout NEPA....
In fact, one of their branches is where my son Jim had his recent surgery.....

She often works 10 hour days and sometimes assists with surgery , standing all day long...

But she still manages to make her home beautiful and festive for every Season and Holiday, often changing the way it looks from year to year!!!

These are posts I did featuring Christmas at Anne Marie's home:
We missed a few years due to weather and just not having enough time to get together....... 
And then I started asking her to please send me pictures so I could continue to do posts on her home and decorations....

Please let Anne Marie know how much you enjoyed the tour and all her hard work by leaving a comment below!!

Both of us will greatly appreciate it!!!

And I hope you will stop by to visit again on Sunday!!

Stay safe, healthy and most of all, HAPPY!!

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......

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