Christmas Decor Around My House

Most of my Christmas decorations are up, so today I’m going to show you a small glimpse of them.  I’m still tweaking things, and, of course, doing a few crafts (I’ll be sharing those with you over the  next few weeks).

 
As I mentioned the other day, I love traditional red and green for my decor and it starts at my front door (notice one of my dogs peaking out the window to see what’s going on!).
 

Once inside, you’ll find some greenery in the foyer.

In my dining room, I hung a new wreath from my chalkboard.  I found the cute plaid ribbon at Marshalls! 

 
And I placed some of my Fitz & Floyd Christmas collectibles in my little hutch.
 

The tree is up and decorated in the living room.

And, the Polar Express train we bought the kids last year is running full steam ahead.

 
 
Amidst the garland that sits atop our mantle, I always tuck little framed pictures of the kids with Santa from each year.  I also include pictures of any special family Christmas outing, like the time we went to Sea World for Christmas.
 
It’s funny, I was going to re-arrange the mantle this year and do something different with these pictures (like hang them from the garland on the stair banister), but the kids protested.  It seems they like this little set-up and are determined to keep this a tradition!
 
 
 
This is one of my favorite pictures of the kids with Santa.  My daughter is clutching her blankie for dear life and looks totally unsure about this Santa character! 
 

She’s seven years old now and is totally okay with Santa and this little guy — she absolutely believes in his magic!

Last weekend we had my nieces over and the kids teamed up to decorate these gingerbread houses in a hot and heated competition!  Their grandparents were the judges.  Guess who won?  They all did. 🙂

(And, yes, you’re not seeing things…one is lighter than the other.  We never got around to decorating the house we bought last year, so we kept it and made it this year.  Look at how much that gingerbread faded!) 

I love this bucket I found at Marshalls a couple of weeks ago when I went shopping with my mom while she was here.  I couldn’t resist it even though the last thing I need is another Christmas decoration!  I filled it with berries, greenery and huge pine cones I found along the street near my in-laws house.

I also have a thing for plates and found this a couple of years ago at Sur la Table when I was in Phoenix visiting my brother.  It’s placed above my stove for a little Christmas spirit in the kitchen.

That’s my mini tour for today.  I hope you enjoyed it! 

Please share some of your holiday home pictures on my Facebook page — I’d love to see what’s going on at your house!

 
Linking up to:
 

holiday open house

katherines corner

The Shabby Creek Cottage

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House of Hepworth
52 Mantels
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Tatertots & Jello
Southern Hospitality
Savvy Southern Style

 
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17 Responses to Christmas Decor Around My House

  1. Very festive! Certainly puts me in the Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Everything looks so great and so welcoming! I think my favorite thing is the wreath on the chalkboard. Such a nice touch!

    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things 🙂

    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

  3. Beautiful! I love how Joy peeks out from the middle of the wreath.

  4. Lilly says:

    So darling! I love all of the photos – great quality! I love how it welcoming and homey your decor is without being too country or traditional.

  5. Oh wow! How beautiful. Wanna come decorate my house? 😉

  6. beautiful, gorgeous, beautiful, gorgeous…no wait..beautiful..no gorgeous…sigh..giggle. love it all. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo

  7. The CSI Girl says:

    Love it all and love the wreath and I wanted to tell you to link it up next week for the Christmas wreath challenge on The CSI Project. The link up starts Wednesday.
    http://www.thecsiproject.com

  8. Colorful Christmases make me happy! I’m trying something new this year, but this look still makes me smile. Well done!

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  11. Susan says:

    I love all of your decorating ideas, Julie! I’ve seen wonderful sayings and designs on chalkboards. I love the 1 you made! Could you give me an approximate size of your chalkboard? And, were you able to purchase a chalkboard that was framed? Any suggestions re: where to find one?

    Many thanks!

    Sincerely,
    Susan

    • Julie Julie says:

      Thanks, Susan! My chalkboard is huge…it is 30″ x 40″ and I made it myself using an open-back frame I bought at Hobby Lobby. Then I bought some hard board from Lowe’s (can also be found at Home Depot). A big sheet is about $10 — I had them cut it for me. Then I just painted it with chalk board paint and popped it in the frame. I hope that helps!
      Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂
      Julie

  12. Shelley says:

    Your wreath is gorgeous! Did you make it?

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