Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Merry & Plaid Holiday House Tour

I’m thrilled to be participating in Jen Rizzo’s holiday house walk link party for the third year. This is my favorite post of the entire season. Jen’s house tour began last week and featured over 30 homes with beautiful holiday decor. It is so amazing you need to check it out if you haven’t already.  I can’t believe you get so much inspiration in one place. Last year my theme was perfectly plaid and I used red, black, buffalo check and plaid patterns to decorate my tree.  Well I just couldn’t totally give up that plaid because I loved it so much so I decided to do my bedroom in plaid.

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I’ve never decorated my bedroom for Christmas before.  I have always envisioned my room decor being quite soft and romantic similar to the tree I do in all white or the one I did in pinks and golds.  However, I just loved that plaid so much and got such a great response from it I wanted to throw it in somewhere.  I thought my room would be a great place since it was out of the way.  I have a first floor bedroom that is off the main living space.  It can easily be closed off from the rest of the house. So sit back, relax and I hope you enjoy the tour.

Merry and plaid bedroom Yourstrulyjenn.com

I wanted to put a little tree in my room this year and I’m so glad I did.  I’m not sure who loved it more me or my husband.  He wakes up and goes through the house turning on all the Christmas lights.  It makes the house so cheery when I get up to make the school lunches.

Plaid, buffalo check, and red ornaments www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I reused the square boxes and ribbon from last year.  Everyone in my family knows to save my “pretty” boxes.  Of course the round boxes are new from Sugar Paper this year.  I just love everything they make.

Beautiful packages finish off the look

This plaid tree skirt is from Pottery Barn and is personalized with our family name.

Merry and plaid bedroom with red and white wreaths

This year, I really made an effort to take decorations I already had and tried to work them in a different way instead of buying new items.  Those wreaths on the mirrors were wreaths I used for a wedding reception.  I used the ribbon from the tree, red flowers, and picks to add a Christmas look.

White wreaths with red Christmas accents.

The buffalo check throw and plaid euro shams are from Pottery Barn.  The small black buffalo check pillow was from Target last year.

Gorgeous Christmas dog!

My 7 year old tea cup Maltese is the baby of the family and is completely spoiled rotten.

Breakfast in bed

What a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and read your morning paper.

Red, gold, and white dining room tablescape

I started doing this table in gold, white and greenery, but it just needed something more.  When I added my Lenox Christmas salad plates I knew that it needed that hint of red so I kept going.  I added the red polka dot napkins at every other place setting and the red flowers in the centerpiece.  That is just what it needed.

I love the crystal on the table

The plates are Eternal by Lenox and the crystal stemware is also by Lenox and has a gold rim.

Red and white roses add the final detail to the table. Yourstrulyjenn

The polka dot napkins are from Pottery Barn.

Red, white, and gold tablescape Yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you enjoyed the first part of the tour.  I will be uploading part 2 later this week.  The color scheme in the next tour is completely different so I hope you like it. I’m done decorating, but shopping is another story. Oh the stress.  But I need to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place and try to chill out.  Thank you for stopping by.  I would love for you to check out my social media where I post daily inspiration.  Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Isaiah 9:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

8 Tips to Make Your December More Enjoyable

Christmas is just around the corner.  As the song goes it is my favorite time of the year. There is so much to get excited about, but with that can also come a lot of stress and feeling overwhelmed.  There is a lot of pressure associated with pulling off a spectacular holiday for your family.  Busy moms deserve to have an amazing stress free December with their family.  The key to making things go smoother for me is to have a plan of action and be organized several days or weeks before the event actually occurs.  I am not good at waiting until the last minute to throw something together.  Here are some tips that I have found helpful to make my December more enjoyable.

Tips for a stress free December. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Tips to An Organized December

  1.  Decide what Charities and groups you will help early on.  There are lots of opportunities to help others around the holidays.  Our family is very involved with a group called PIN (People In Need).  It helps the homeless community get back on their feet.  My husband has been a huge part of this charity for quite some time.  Although we help them year round, we have also made it our family Christmas project. We save toiletries all year and then make care packages to hand out at Christmas to the homeless shelter.  If you don’t know of someone personally in need or don’t have a charity you can always give to Toys for Tots or the Angel Tree.
  2. Make your lists and shop early–  I try to make my master shopping list in late October and get a jump on my shopping in early November.  I like to have the majority of it done by early December so I can actually enjoy December.  I love for family members to give me a list of items they would like to receive. This makes my job a lot easier and my family gets what they want. I even keep my kid’s lists each year and we have fun looking back at the letters they wrote. It’s fun to see what they wrote to Santa when they were younger and what kinds of things they asked for each year.  If you can shop early, I would say that is the one thing that could save you from being overwhelmed in late December.
  3. You can’t do EVERYTHING in December if you want to stay sane-  You have to learn to say No.  There are certain events that you just are not going to be able to attend if you want to do what’s best for your family.  This one took me a while to get a grip on. There are so many extra events and parties between Thanksgiving and Christmas that you just want to cram everything in.  Well that’s when the bad moods and meltdowns are going to occur.  Stick to your family traditions that you enjoy and are a “must do” and a couple of other events.  Say NO to the rest.  Then you will have time to get your list done.
  4. Get your family traditions scheduled on the calendar ASAP-  There are things my family does each year that we want to continue doing.  Some things need reservations and if I’m not on the ball prior to the Thanksgiving break then we are out of luck.  One year, I was too late on setting up the brunch reservation at the place we eat each year.  We get dressed up and go to the hotel and look at all the holiday decor around the property. It was completely booked on every Sunday in December by the time I remembered to call.  You would have thought I had boycotted Christmas the way my kids acted.  But you can guarantee I will never forget to book that brunch because my family loves it so much. It is just part of what we do in December that makes it Christmas to us.
  5. Wrap your gifts as you buy them-  Wrapping your gifts as you purchase them can really keep you organized. Sometimes I actually forget what I have already purchased or lose small things like gift cards or jewelry.  Keeping the gifts wrapped as I go gets them out of my closet and under the tree.  I also use different paper for each child so it’s easier to pass out gifts on Christmas morning. Plus they like choosing their paper each year.
  6. Finish your Christmas Cards Early–  This is a hard task for me each year.  I don’t want to leave it until the middle of December. I really have to start thinking of this in October or my photographer will be booked.  I try to have him take the pictures and do a custom card for us.  It is just easier for me and I always love what he does. However, Minted offers such great cards and prices that you can create something amazing to show off your family to your friends. I like to start addressing them by Thanksgiving break and send them in early December.
  7. Make all special gifts for teachers, neighbors, and party hosts early- Get your ideas and supplies together for gifts you need to make for the special people in your life.  When my kids were younger we used to make DIY gifts for their teachers, bus drivers, and our wonderful neighbors.  It was fun to get them involved in the process.  We would throw some Christmas music on and get in the crafting zone. They took pride that the gift came from them and the teachers always loved something personal.  Of course it always came with a gift card.  Come on…. I’m a former teacher so I know what teachers like… There are only so many coffee mugs full of candy you can get in a season. But it’s the thought that counts. 
  8. Try to Shop during the week or online if you can- Shopping online saves so much time and you don’t have to go out and be bothered by the crowds.  Most sites are offering free shipping now so look for those deals.  Also try to search for coupons prior to your shopping. Most sites will actually have coupon codes that you can print out to take to the stores.  It’s worth a couple minutes to do a quick search.   

Do you have any tips that could help us save time and money this holiday?  Leave a comment below. I am always interested in learning something new.  Christmas is my favorite time of year and I would love to get through it with the least amount of stress as possible.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Holiday Tray Filled 2 Different Ways

Creating centerpieces are one of my favorite things to decorate for the holidays.  They really dress up dining tables, coffee tables, and end tables. I love getting inspiration from other amazing bloggers, Instagram feeds and Pinterest.  However, you don’t have to use expensive  items to have a fabulous final product. My friend Michelle, from http://www.borncreative.com, and I are collaborating today to bring you a special post.  We both purchased the same tray from Target, but we are each going to decorate it differently. Check out her tray at the above link. This way, you can get multiple ways to style the tray.  You will be able to get ideas and see the tray two different ways, but you will also get the advantage of meeting a new blogger who has amazing material.  When you are over on her blog, search around and enjoy her motivational pieces that I love so much.

Holiday Tray Filled 2 ways

Now lets jump into decorating this beautiful tray. I chose to only use materials I purchased at Target and fill in with items I already had.  I wanted to show you that you can have beautiful Christmas decor without breaking the bank.  I got the greenery and the candles in the dollar spot at Target. The cranberry hurricane lamp was with the rest of the Christmas decor from Target.  They also had one with gold accessories if that is more your style.  Let’s get started decorating this tray!

Let’s Get Decorating!

Mirrored Target Tray

You can purchase this mirrored tray from Target’s online store.

Here are the items I purchased from Target to use in decorating the tray.  Most of the items I found in the dollar spot section right when you walk in Target.  I always check this section for great deals and cute items.

Decorations for my tray

Here are all the items I used to complete my look.

I started with the largest item in the center and then used the smaller items to fill in.

Hurricane candle holder

This hurricane candle holder also comes in gold.

After adding the hurricane candle holder, I added the greenery.  The tiny pinecones made it look more realistic.

Tray with greenery

Here you can really start to see what look I’m going for.

You could leave your tray as is.  However, If you follow my blog, you know I love mercury glass.  I collect it and use it year round, but at Christmas time it makes a huge appearance. I already owned the mercury glass balls, but the candles are from the dollar section at Target.

Mercury glass accessories

The mercury glass adds so much to this centerpiece.

 

Tray works well with the tree

I used this centerpiece on my kitchen island. It is the perfect compliment to the tree in the background.

I hope you got some ideas on how to decorate a centerpiece.  If you get a chance, check out Michelle’s site as well. She has tons of great advice and ideas on how to live life to the fullest. Part 2 of my holiday tour will be coming on Wednesday.  I hope you noticed my new logo.  I have been busy working with Top Shelf Design. They created my fabulous logo and monogram.  I’m so happy with the new look. If you’re in need of a design firm; check them out.  You won’t be sorry.  They are so professional, have a quick turn around time, and made sure I got exactly what I wanted.

 Yours Truly,

Jenn

Holiday Home Tour 2015

I have been looking forward to sharing this post with you for a long time. I love looking at other people’s Christmas decor and home tours. They are some of my favorite posts.  I decorate early in November because it takes me a couple weeks to get the house the way I want it and we travel for Thanksgiving.  My goal is to have the house ready when we get back. Then I can spend my time shopping for Christmas gifts without getting too stressed.  The holidays are about enjoying your family and being in the moment. That is my goal this year.

I have fluffed so many things my arms look like I have been attacked by a rabid animal.  I have also photographed and edited so many pictures that it is starting to feel like a Christmas blur. Finally, I just had to start picking and narrowing down photos.  I hate getting rid of good photos, but you can’t post everything.

My theme started with a plaid box I picked up from Target in October. I based my table settings, Christmas tree, and packages around that theme.  I usually will get some kind of inspiration each year and run with that throughout the house.  I hope you like plaid because you will see a lot of it.  Grab a blanket and a cozy seat and let’s jump into part 1 of the holiday home tour.

Holiday Home Decor

Perfectly Plaid Tree

This was my favorite tree to decorate this year.

The red and black plaid box was my inspiration for this year’s theme.  It’s funny how something so small can give you an idea for your packages, ribbon, and ornaments.  I call this tree the Perfectly Plaid Tree.  It has black ornaments I picked up from Dillard’s at the end of last season. The buffalo check ornaments are from Pottery Barn.  It also has some very inexpensive plaid ornaments from Michaels.

Red and black tree

Check out my Christmas tree post later in December to get more details on how I decorated this tree.

Plaid tree

The red and white wired ribbon is one of my favorite details of this tree.

This 9′ tree is full of white ornaments that bring such sparkle and magic to my living room.  This tree is done completely in white except for the silver ribbon.  I decorate this room as a winter wonderland with mercury glass, romantic white flowers, and live garland.

Winter wonderland tree

Someone else is interested in Santa’s cookies and milk.

white Christmas tree

This is my mom’s favorite tree out of the six I decorate each year.

two tiered tray

My two Tiered tray from Painted Fox Treasures is one of my favorite things to decorate each season.

I leave this two tiered tray in the kitchen and change it around depending on the seasons.  It is one of my favorite things to decorate.  Mercury glass candles, the greenery, and the buffalo check appetizer plate were inexpensive decor items I picked up from the dollar sport at Target.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money to come up with cute decorating ideas.

Plaid Dinner plates

I was able to use the plaid theme in my table setting with dishes from One Kings Lane.

Gold candle votives

Gold candle votives make a beautiful centerpiece.

Kitchen table setting

I used the same ribbon on my napkins to match the ribbon in the tree.

Flocked Tree

This is my new flocked tree from Balsam Hill.

I was so excited to purchase a flocked tree this year.  Even though it was a little messy, I had a blast decorating it.  I decorated it in a rustic, log cabin theme.  I used woodland animals, brown ribbon and a pom pom garland to give it the look I was going for.

I hope you enjoyed the first part of my home tour.  Come back next week and see more of my home.  I will be showing you some vignettes and my dining room table settings done two different ways.  Also, follow me on Instagram as I update my decor on that feed daily.

For unto you is born

this day in the city of David

a Savior, which is CHRIST the

LORD.

Luke 2:11

Yours Truly,

Jenn

My December Favorites

It’s already January 2015 and I’m going to sum up my December faves for you.  December was such a big month with family, Christmas and New Years but, of course I had time to fall in love with some great items.  I want to tell you all about them so you can get going on these ASAP.

My favorite new APP is Trivia Crack.  Let me warn you that it is very addicting.  I have only had it for 2 weeks and I’m already on level 47.  I know, as I said…. very addicting.  My kids turned me on to this game, as well as all the adults who visited us for Christmas. If you like trivia questions in general you will love it.  There are 6 categories of questions; art, sports, history, entertainment, science, and geography.  You take turns answering questions against random people or you build up your friend list and play them.  Check it out and tell me what you think.

You have to try Glam Glow hydrating mask.  It really is worth the money and is as good as everyone says it is.  I have waited so long to purchase it, but it truly is amazing.  I have very dry skin and this made my skin feel so silky and plump after using it.  They have 3 versions of this mask, but I decided at my age and with my skin type to get the hydrating mask.  My daughter got a Mia clarisonic for Christmas and it came with the traditional Glam Glow.  She really likes that version as well.  I purchased mine from Sephora.

Another beauty product that is worth the money is the Anastasia contour Kit.  I really love this product and have used it everyday since I bought it.  I went in Sephora to get my daughter a Christmas gift and came out with several gifts for myself.  Doesn’t everyone do that?  Right now I am really using Fawn to contour and Banana under my brow bone and in the tear duct area. However, I think I would use most of the shades at some point throughout the year as my skin tone will be darker in the summer. There are six shades that complete the kit.

We just finished our media room over Christmas (It’s been a long time coming).  It was one of those projects that just lingered on in our house.  If you follow me on instagram (yourstrulyjennely) then you’ve already seen a picture of our media room chairs. We watched a ton of movies and ate way too much candy over the break.  We really enjoyed Maze Runner.  If you liked Hunger Games and Divergent you should see this movie or read the book.  So now I am reading the Sorch Trials by James Dashner.  If anyone wants to talk about the movie leave comments below :).

My favorite thing about the holidays was getting to spend time with my family.  My sister and her family came down and stayed until Christmas Eve morning.  I got to spend five whole days with my niece, Lexington and my nephew, Hudson. YEAH ME!!  They are so fun (especially around the holidays).  Then my in-laws came over New years and my other niece, Grayson stayed with us for several days. I hit the family jackpot this year. What was your favorite part about the holiday season?

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Christmas Traditions

What are your Christmas traditions?  There are so many things that I can remember from being a child that I wanted to carry over into my family when I grew up.  Then, when you get married you merge two families and both sets of traditions become just as important.  I think that is what makes family so special -the merging of two families and creating your own traditions.

Family Christmas Traditions

My family did a count down to Christmas by doing the advent calendar. My mom handmade mine so it is 19 years old.  I love it and it is one of my favorite Christmas decorations.  My kids take turns putting up the  ornament for that day and we track how many more days until Christmas.

advent calendar

My mom’s homemade advent calendar

When I was about 12, my parent’s started giving me Hallmark ornaments each year.  I would get one that had to do with some sort of theme that went along with something I had accomplished that year.  When I moved out, I took my ornaments with me and was able to start my own tree with a really nice set of ornaments. (We all know how much ornaments costs.)  We also have done this with our children.  They have a beautiful collection of ornaments that belong to them.  My tree will look bare when they leave.

Hallmark Ornaments

Some of our Hallmark Ornaments

On Christmas Eve we go to Candlelight service.  We do a lot of singing and get to hear the Christmas story.  It really reminds you of the true reason we celebrate Christmas and going always puts me in a good mood.

My husband’s family opened a gift on Christmas Eve so we added that to our family traditions.  My brother in law’s family also wears matching pajama pants. I really thought that was a great idea so we started opening those on Christmas Eve and wear them all Christmas morning while we open gifts and eat our breakfast.

Our newest tradition is of course Elf on the Shelf.  Our elf is a girl named Jilly.  My children are quite old for Elf on the Shelf, but I have young nieces and nephews so we enjoy having Jilly visit our home for their sake.

Jilly

Our Elf on the Shelf, Jilly

I love hearing how people celebrate their holidays.  Comment below some

of your favorite traditions, old and new.

Yours truly,

Jenn

Gift Wrapping Made Easy

Spicing Up Your Gift Wrapping

I’m close to being done with my Christmas shopping. Yeah Me!!!  I think if I go out one more time, I will have everything checked off my list.  I keep all my lists and notes in this one white composition notebook. If I lost that bad boy, I would be in some serious organizational trouble.  I have so many check list of what I’ve bought, What has arrived, what Santa is giving and you get my drift… I decided this year I wasn’t going to wait until the last minute to wrap the gifts.  My kids have to go to school the day before Christmas Eve.  Can you BELIEVE that???  What are they thinking?? So I’m trying to finish all my “to do list” prior to them getting out for break.   That way we can spend as much quality time together as possible.

When it comes to wrapping gifts, I try to pick out paper that matches my trees and I coordinate the package colors to the certain family parties we attend.  For example, my kids each get their own colored wrapping paper so it is easy to sort on Christmas morning.  Then I put all the presents that go to my grandparent’s party under the “red tree” wrapped in some type of red paper.  It really is an easy system and looks so beautiful.

Black and Red packages

I love using Black and Red together

I love using speciality items to make packages look their best. Ornaments and bows work well.  The red star was an ornament I bought this year from Target.  The Christmas tree frame on the black package was from Michaels.  I also like to buy the fruit bouquets from Michaels and then cut off the leafs, fruit, and pinecones (as seen above).  They usually cost around $14.00. This year I was able to use 1 bouquet on 11 packages. Cookie cutters are always a big hit too.

Frozen wrapping paper

Frozen wrapping paper for the kids

You can’t forget about the kids.  I love adding special things to their packages.  I used the Frozen themed paper for my nieces this year because they both love that movie.  I bought a Frozen cup and attached it to the outside of one of the gifts. I thought the bell ornament was also a cute idea.  I’ve also done lip glosses and nail polishes in the past for tweens.

Blak and Tan

Black and Tan package combination

decorating gifts

Using unique pieces to decorate gifts

The black and tan has to be my favorite paper this year. It just goes to show you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your gift wrapping look nice.  You can take things you have at your house or get things from the Dollar Store and use them to spice up your packages.  Thanks for reading.  I hope you saw a couple ideas that will work for you. Have a blessed holiday.

Yours truly,

Jenn

 

Yours Truly Jenn Holiday House Tour

I am so excited to be doing my first Christmas home tour.  Thank you Kelly for opening your home and allowing me to participate in your house tour.  I really enjoy the holidays and I try not to get stressed with the hustle and bustle that can go along with Christmas.  My home is a place of peace for my family and me and I hope you will feel that as you are viewing.

WELCOME TO OUR HOME

9' Hallmark tree

Our main tree with Hallmark and homemade ornaments

This is our 9′ main tree in our living room.  If I only put up one tree, this would be it.  I have all the Hallmark ornaments, homemade ornaments, and ornaments I’ve collected over the years on this tree.  My kids decorate this tree by themselves.  They leave the decorative themed trees for me.

Kitchen view

View from the kitchen

My mantel is simple, but elegant.  I have to work around the tv, but I like the way it turned out.  This year I decided to keep with the traditional green, red, and white color theme.

mantel photo

My red and green mantel display

mantel and tree

The mantel and our main tree

I have several other trees that I decorate.  However, I’m not going to post them all in this house tour.  I try to do a theme and color coordinate the trees around that theme. I decided to do our den in a winter wonderland theme.  I used silver and white and a ton of glitter.  I don’t know if I will be able to vacuum up all this glitter.

Let it snow

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow display

winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

White and silver tree

My white and silver tree

I hope you enjoyed some of my holiday decorations and trees.  Thank you Kelly for

allowing me to post on your blog.  I really appreciate the opportunity to

share some of my home with all of you.  You can also find some other pictures of my home

decor on my instagram.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Christmas Cocoa Bar

There is nothing better than sitting by a warm fire, mingling with friends and sipping on a hot chocolate.  Setting up a hot cocoa bar is the perfect entertaining tool for any type of holiday party.  I have done this type of bar twice already.  Once after a family Christmas brunch and the other was for my daughter’s Cheerleading Christmas party.  Both times it was a big hit.

Christmas Cocoa Bar

Hot chocolate

A nice mug of Hot Chocolate

monogrammed mugs

My monogrammed mugs

Holiday Cocoa Bar Setup

The great thing about this type of bar is, once it’s set up it basically works itself.  You can make it as elaborate or as simple as you want.  I have only done different kinds of hot chocolate, but you could also do tea and coffee if you wanted.

Cocoa bar toppings

Cocoa bar stirring sticks and toppings

You will need a way of warming up your milk or water.  It is also fun to have the hot chocolate flavored stirring sticks.  They come in different flavors.

cocoa bar toppings

Your toppings bar can be elaborate or simple

marshmallows

So many marshmallow flavors

Cocoa Bar Toppings

You can set your display up on a table, beverage cart, or counter in your kitchen.  Here are a list of the items I used as toppings for my cocoa bar:

*whipped cream                                                                                *stirring sticks

*white chocolate chips                                                                    *chocolate chips

*crushed peppermint                                                                       *peppermint stirring sticks

*Gingerbread marshmallows                                                       *miniature marshmallows

*french vanilla marshmallows                                                      *hershey’s chocolate syrup

*caramel syrup

My cocoa bar

My Christmas Cocoa Bar

The last thing to do is enjoy your guests and make you a mug of hot chocolate.   What is your favorite way to entertain this holiday season? Leave me a comment below.

Yours truly,

Jenn

Our Christmas Traditions

Our Christmas Traditions

I was so excited this year to decorate and even more excited to share some of my home with you. I am also sharing these ideas on Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk link party. Head over to http://www.jenniferrizzo.com and see all the houses. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoy this post and stick around to explore.

link party

I hope you can find some inspiration in my holiday decor. My family and I love Christmas so much and we really enjoy having the house decorated when we come back from Thanksgiving break. I am one of those early decorators.  Everything just seems so magical when the trees are lit, your house smells of baked goods (or in my case a Bath and Body Works candle), and you are surrounded by your family members.

Welcome to my home!

 

dining room place setting

My dining room place settings

We don’t use our dining room much, but when we do I love to go all out.  My Lenox Eternal china accented with the Lenox Holiday salad plate comes are just stunning. The red and green really pull together to make a beautiful place setting.

 O Christmas Tree

blue & pink tree

This is my blue and pink angel tree.

This is my blue and pink angel tree that goes right in front of my bedroom.  My husband turns this one on first thing every morning.

Hallmark tree

My Hallmark and homemade ornament tree.

My mantel

My simple, but elegant mantel

Little details

The little details

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Each tree I decorate has a color and theme.

The tree in our living room is our main tree.  It is 9′ and has all our homemade

and Hallmark ornaments.

The rest of the room is decorated in traditional red and chartreuse green.

My tree in the kitchen is 7 1/2′ and is done in the traditional red, green and gold.

It is adorned with bows, picks, and ornaments.

My traditional tree

My red, green and gold tree

winter wonderland tree

My winter wonderland tree

 My newest tree is in our den.  I’ve decorated this tree for 2 years.  This is the room

our family gathers in to watch tv or just hang out.  I decided to do this room in

a winter wonderland theme. I guess I was inspired by Frozen like everyone else this year.

Everything is decorated in silver or white.  This room

just glistens with glittery ornaments, ribbon, flowers, and icicles.

My winter wonderland

My winter wonderland

 Thank you Jennifer for hosting this year’s holiday house walk.  I thoroughly enjoyed

looking at your home as well as the homes of all your participants.

If you haven’t

toured these homes yet you are missing out.

It is important for my family to celebrate Jesus’ birth

as the true meaning of Christmas.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is

CHRIST the LORD. Luke 2:11

Yours truly,

Jenn

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