Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Decor 2010 (Picture Heavy!)

Bookcase decorated for favorite thing is the wooden advent calendar!
I got it our second Christmas together, in England.
Each drawer holds a tiny ornament.

We put up Christmas decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving, so it's about time I showed them off to ya'll! I am sad to think this may be the last Christmas we celebrate in our home here. But really, when you're a military family, ANY holiday could be your last in your home. You just never know! Hope you enjoy your tour around our home!

The first year we got married, we didn't have a tree. We got married two days before Christmas and spent the holiday in Tennessee with his family before he shipped back overseas. In 2006, we went on a "Christmas decoration" shopping spree and I proclaimed I would NEVER have COLORED lights on my tree! I loved the clean, crisp look of white lights and I think I even went so far as to declare colored lights *gasp* trashy. (Sorry to anyone who likes colored lights!) So in 2006, we had white lights. In 2007, Sara was 3 months old at Christmas. We pulled the decor out and started putting white lights on the tree. I made Michael stop. It didn't seem right. I always had colored lights growing up and something just seemed off about what's a mama to do? I went to Wal-Mart and got colored lights. And we've had them ever since. I've grown to like them, but I STILL love white lights the most. Way deep down inside. ;)

The first year we were married, I picked up a cute reindeer ornament at the mall and put it in Michael's stocking. It had two reindeer, our last name, and the year "2005". I'd share it with ya'll....except I can't. Last name and all. Ya'll understand, right? In 2006 we were in England so I had no way of getting another ornament....but in 2007, I got this one. I love it.
(I also dropped the ball on 2008 & 2009. I don't know what the heck happened!)

2010 ornament -- apparently I have a thing for reindeer.

LOVE this little Christmas tree. I got it in an exchange one year.

And then there's my Christmas village. Mama O LOVES Christmas villages. The details get me. (I have the same fascination with dollhouses.)
My wonderful mama scored the Dickens Christmas Village at K-Mart one year after Christmas for something like $15.00 -- and it was regular $99!
That's what started this whole thing. From then on I have been buying one piece each year.
I'm about to run out of room on my bar -- next year I'm commissioning Michael to make me a pretty buffet-typet able to put beneath the bar. Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

Our fireplace:

And the little Christmas tree in the guest bath:

And that's all, folks! I hope you enjoyed Christmas in our home. We will definitely be enjoying these decorations tonight because I have a Christmas movie to watch, some hot cocoa, and presents waiting to be wrapped!


HappyascanB said...

Love it! I love the village! As a little girl, I would just stare at my grandmother's Christmast village and dream of living in a cool village like that! :)

I'm in LOVE with your bookshelf in the first picture! Seriously love it! It is a corner shelf?

Stephanie@BarefeetOntheFrontPorch said...

Thanks! It's not a corner shelf, we just put it like that because when we first looked at this house, it was staged with one just like that. We're lame and liked it so much that we didn't change it. We got it at Wal-Mart of all places in the summer of 2007 when we first moved here...I think we got it clearanced for $45. I love it!

- dls - said...

Loved your Christmas decorations - and I did have fun with the photos today (now I can enjoy Christmas and de-stress some.)

From what I remember, you had a pretty Christmas weddings. Maybe photos were on Bebo or Ringo?
One of those old sites. ;)