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Christmas at Home, 2015

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Merry Christmas!  For home this year, I thought a frosty winter wonderland - at least the most one can do in the Bay Area - might be fun.  All it took was minimal shopping.  At Joanne's Fabrics, a woman asked me what I was making.  "Oh, just getting supplies for my Christmas colors this year," I replied.  We both looked into my cart and started laughing as all we saw was black heavy felt and ribbon in gray and green.  Not very festive in the cart but let's see how the rooms turned out.

On the entry way table, Flora is wearing an my old rhinestone necklace from H&M, glass beads from Connie and tiny battery operated lights.Snowflakes from the Dollar Store on entry way mirror.Papier Marche angels in alcove in entry way. Entry way tree is a Costco find. At 9', it comes in four pieces that can be easily stored. While expensive to me ($399), it will last many years and for the first time in this house, the lights are LED.This year, lots of ribbon, Dollar Store garlands and Connie's mother's glass beads  decorate the tree.  Limiting ornaments only to silver, gold and white gave the tree its sparkle.Wrappings reflect this year's color theme. Living room in neutral tones. Silver snowflake table runner (TJ Maxx) hangs over sofa arm.Living room mantel with silver garden ball (Target), drug store silver ornaments (with a dab of rubber cement to hold them steady) and my old wicker reindeer from Fred Meyers in Portland, OR.Sun room with moss trees I made last year and loads of Dollar Store snowflakes.Sun room Santas, collected over the years from TJ Maxx and Marshall's, are grouped for their muted colors. All the red and green stayed in the basement this year.Kitchen shelving with Christmas scenes - an easy way to corral little bits.Santa on his matchbook sleigh from my grandma's house. Trees from 99 Cents Store dolled up with tree top bells.P gave me this cable car the Christmas before we moved to San Francisco. The church is a souvenir from Costa Rica.  A little Austrian box from Cheryl.  A green rubber ball from a Meier & Frank department store Santa in downtown Portland.  A pot scrubber tree hung with old stuff from my jewelry box. A celluloid reindeer from Connie. When I was a high school student, I bought this Italian tin angel candle holder for my mom.  Now, so many years later, my mom is my angel.  It's hard to believe she died ten years ago this Christmas Day.  Here's to wonderful memories of Christmas Past and here's to all the wonder and magic of Christmas Future.


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  • Hi Layne,
    I published my 2015 decorations again in case someone wanted to see. I was looking on my calendar today and realized we had those up for 62 days! Good thing we have a fake tree. Those natural colors are easy to live with. For 2016, it’s all red and gold and Santas and I’m ready to pack it all away right after New Year’s.
    A few friends have told me that they cut down on their decorations this year. Somehow, less is more and sure quicker to pack away.
    Happy New Year!

    Kathleen on
  • really looks festive your way . I saw a difeerent one the other day. This one made me
    feel warm and cozy. Really enjoy that you have the comments and all with your
    sweet décor. Thanks for all the tips dear one!

    Layne on
  • Your decorations sound beautiful, Becky. Red and green are the classic and remind me of growing up. There was that time in the ’60’s where we had a white “peace” dove on top of the tree and a flood light that changed colors focused on the tree. What was I thinking? So glad Royce came home from China to spend Christmas in Chicago. I want to thank you for your comments this year. They are very appreciated. Happy New Year!

    Kathleen on
  • Beautiful, Kathleen. I love the way you decorate!

    We decorated with many of our old homemade ornaments that are such a wonderful trip down memory lane. We added lots of color this year with red poinsettia and greenery everywhere. Because our youngest son was home for a visit – we pulled out the teddy bears and children’s Christmas books to remind him of Christmas past. Cheers to a wonderful New Year!

    R. Rebecca on

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