Anyone who has ever been to my house during the holidays know that I’m kind of a Christmas nut. At least when it comes to decorating, I can get pretty intense. Word of my six Christmas trees has gotten around, so I thought a little tour of our yuletide display was in order, if for no other reason than proof.
Thankfully, my amazing neighbor (who needs her own nickname for this blog…must work on that soon!) just got a new camera, and she came over to my house to show it off and try it out, which means I got lots of cute pics of my holiday decor. She even let me take a few shots!
My favorite room is the living room, because this is where the stockings and the “Family Tree” are located. This tree has all of the sentimental ornaments, all my Hallmark ornaments, red bead garland and red glass ball ornaments.
This tree kind of goes with a red color scheme, but I love that this one is more of a mish-mash of things we love. Here are some of my favorite ornaments.
I’ve always loved this little swinging girl. I can’t remember if this was my mom’s or grandma’s, but its been around a while.
Ornament commemorating some of the landmarks in our hometown.
This is another old Hallmark ornament that I remember loving as a kid. His wheels are kind of messed up, but it still makes me happy just to see it.
Mine and Kyla Brown’s First Christmas Together ornament. I think this photo was taken of us at a bar during one of his band’s shows.
One of my favorites from the Frosty Friend’s series. My mother has the second Frosty Friends ornament in the series, which has been going for over 30 years. I started collecting this series a few years ago, and now have a nice little collection of my own.
Cupcake ornaments the girls and I made last year.
I get teary every time I see this ornament. Kyla’s Mom got us this one year, and she got it because of Kyla’s “I’d love her if they told me she was a fish” comment about Sadie’s diagnosis.
Every year for Christmas, the girls each get an ornament from the series I started them on. Ruby gets an ornament from “Season’s Treatings” and Sadie gets an ornament from “Santa’s Sweet Ride.” Pretty stoked that candy/sweet themed series started in each of their birth years!
We’re going for the “cute & cluttered” look on our double mantel, mostly because I have no ability to edit when it comes to putting out Christmas knick-knacks. I love them all way too much!
Our stocking hangers are *supposed* to say “Noel,” but the first year I had them, I would always come into the room to find that someone had moved them around to spell something else. It wasn’t always Kyla…some friends would come by and torture my by moving them, too. So, one year, I just spelled “Leon,” and no one ever touches it now. Ha! I Win!
This is a quick cell phone shot I got Christmas morning right before the girls tore into their presents. Wow, I thought my cell phone took pretty good photos until I saw this one next to all of these others!
The next big deal tree room is the girls’ bedroom. They used to have one small tree they shared, then they got a slightly larger tree to share. But this year, they each have their own trees. Sadie went with the white sparkly tree decorated with pale pink and green ornaments. Most of these ornaments used to be my grandmother’s, and I absolutely love that Sadie loves them now too! Ruby wanted a “hot purple” tree, and she honestly decorates it with whatever she feels like. This girl does not like my color scheme nonsense and refuses to humor me about sticking to any one theme at all.
Yep, I’m pretty proud that my 4 and 6 year old’s have their own Christmas trees. Wonder if they’ll grow up totally in love with Christmas like I am or completely Christmas-ed out and not even put a wreath on their front door.
I love how their trees look reflected in the mirror of their vanity.
One night, Ruby asked if I would turn off all of the lights but leave the trees lit up for her, because she said it was “so lovely to go to sleep with the pretty Christmas trees.” Maybe there is hope that I’m passing on the joy of holiday decor.
With the lights on, the pink and purple overload in the room is even more evident.
The tree in the kitchen is really special. It belonged to my great-grandmother, and it is in wonderful shape. We even have the original box and the brown paper tubes that go on each “tree branch.” Unfortunately, we don’t have a spinning color light projector like so many of these trees had, but I love the blue & silver, so I can definitely live with it.
Most of the ornaments on this tree are the first ornaments I bought when we got married. I was on a big blue kick then, and had disposable income, so I ended up with a ton of beautiful blue ornaments.
There are even a few ornaments the girls and I made on this tree. The white string ball ornament is one of my favorites, because Sadie & made these the year before Ruby was born, and we had so much fun getting so messy!
When you first walk into the house, you’re greeted by the short light-up Santa my parents had when I was little. I’ve always loved this miniature Kringle, and I was so stoked when my parents offered to let us use it. Of course, they said it is for the granddaughters to enjoy, but I think I like having it here even more than they do!
Look how cute he looks! He’s about 4-4.5′ tall, so he’s definitely not tiny, but not quite what I expect to be life-sized.
*Another cell phone shot*
The tree in the foyer was my grandmother’s, but its not particularly old, and I honestly haven’t really gotten a theme going for that one yet. Right now it just has all of my gold and white porcelain ornaments on it, with a few other random Santas & angels. I’ll probably do more with this tree next year, but I honestly forgot I had it until it came down from the attic.
The foyer has gone through a lot of changes over the past couple of years. The Family Tree used to be in the corner where the drum table is now. When my grandparents moved into an assisted living facility, the drum table came to our house, and it absolutely had to go in the foyer. One day, it will be in the center of the room under a beautiful hanging shade, but for now, it does well in its corner.
Here’s the view of the foyer tree on the drum table and the view into the dining room. You can see the white wire mistletoe hanging in the doorway, which is a very happy addition to our Christmas decor since before we got it, Kyla decided every year to go on a mission to find mistletoe and bothered me to death about it.
I love this view, because there are so many things that I love in this room. My mama’s wedding picture is on the wall on the right, and just below it is my grandmother’s sewing machine table. You can even see the crazy wooden tribal bust that Kyla got at our neighborhood yard sale one year!
You can also see my beautiful chine cabinet in this shot! The Mama-in-Law got it for me this year and I’m totally in love with it! “Be an Awesome Southern Lady Bucket List Item: Have a china cabinet which contains at least 2 sets of china”…check!
This chandelier decoration was kind of a last-minute decision, but I love how it turned out. It is so sparkly! And Kyla thought to add the garland, which made a huge difference.
The fishing line looks a little weird, so I might try something else next year.
If you’re keeping count, here is tree #6! This tiny tabletop tree was mine when I was a kid, and the ornaments used are the ones I had as a child as well. It looks a little sad though, so its going to get a bit of a makeover next year.
This shot looks a little weird because normally my computer is on top of that white table in the background (that’s actually my desk). Also, there are usually chairs at the table, but this was before our Christmas party, so everything was a little wonky. I do love how you can see the dining room table and my grandmother’s silver!
Another year, the girls and I made these little mason jar “snow globes” (without water, because that definitely would have been a disaster!). These are the three we made to keep.
This has to be my favorite shot…the little bottle brush trees in my china cabinet. *Swoon* It just makes me feel like such a good Southern lady to not only have a china cabinet, but to have even decorated it for Christmas!
Well, that’s it! Since we don’t have any exterior outlets, all of our decorations are inside. We’re hoping to change that next year though! Hope you enjoyed the tour!