Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Decorating for Christmas

Christmas Visit - Decorating Our Home For Christmas

My friend Judy (co-grandmother of DGS) decorated the front door wreath from bits and pieces from other Christmas projects and we hung the lights this year.

Stepping back a bit you can see the sled, skates, wreath and faux holly berries in a round tin pan beside the front door.

I decided to make a PicMonkey assisted banner using the letters PEACE in red, printed on light green card stock.

Printed, cut letters apart, punched 2 holes in each letter and threaded on green/white twine.

Inside the front door glance up to the Christmas additions to the shelf holding the wash board and vintage paned window. The star is origami and I managed to make one, all my other samples would not cooperate with me. Great tutorial here by Diana of Dream Factory. I added battery tea lights and twined red ribbon through the spindles.

Next, at the top of the steps, the dresser displays the Dream basket filled with holly and small tree lights and my Mom's old vase with Christmas mini bouquets. 

Glance to the right and you can see the top of the china cabinet with the two Victorian Cranberry Glass Lustres hung with crystals, the large black and white photo of cows framed in the blossoming trees by Canadian photographer George Hunter. A Poinsettia and a silver deposit glass dish filled with candy canes are part of my Christmas decorations each year.

Turning around to face the front windows and you can see the table top sized tree decorated with Dr. Who ornaments (DGS/DG's favourite right now) plus blue, red and gold balls.

DGS and I looked at a great many trees on the 7th (at 8:30 at night, a great unexpected evening out together) We wanted one as tall as me (or is that as short as me) for the tabletop tree. We had to cut 12 inches off this tree before we brought it into the house.

We decided to add white lights and more coloured decorations along with his Dr. Who collection of tree ornaments. DGS thinks about fairness. Red and Gold were added to the Blue decorations.

This is the earliest ever to put up our Christmas Tree and I must remember to keep adding fresh water to the tree stand.

Our tree didn't get decorated until the 12th. DGS went on a winter weekend up Seymour Mountain with a youth group. He arrived back Sunday evening exhausted so the tree was decorated on Monday. 

The kitchen window sills have always been favourite places for the blossoming cyclamen, holly and Christmas greens, a prolific amaryllis and a spider plant. The regular window sill plants have a new temporary home in the bedroom window (same side of the house as the kitchen windows).

The wooden signs are colour wash brushed and stencilled with sparkles added (blue) Merry Christmas and (white) Peace.

The green wooden tote and the red/white egg basket were recently painted in late November (by Judy - co-grandmother, I love it when she visits). Added white lights to each basket make the kitchen look festive.

The 35 year old Christmas count down calendar doesn't get much use but I enjoy looking at it and remembering how my young friend across the street worked on hers while I worked on mine, two young moms each creating a Christmas tradition. I think the pattern was in a Woman's Day magazine.

DGS updated the calendar after helping decorate the tree.

The Christmas Village was made by my Sister and is set up each December. The carolers have disappeared into a drawer somewhere but the lighted tree, house, store and church remain, another Christmas tradition.

There are more decorations to add to our home as the days get closer to Christmas. The Christmas stockings will soon be bursting with sweets and surprises.

I made the first two stockings when we first married and then when DS was born in 1979 I made his stocking. In 2003 DGS was born and his stocking joined in with the small tradition of Christmas Stockings. I have one I made for our long gone Dachsund Dee too.

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  1. Joy, your home looks so cozy and inviting for the holidays! I love the Christmas village and pinned your charming porch decor! Blessings, Cecilia

  2. You are truly gifted Joy. I love that you make ordinary things extraordinary.

  3. Your home looks so charming and cozy...and you make me want to get some cyclamens!

  4. Everything looks lovely. I especially like the Dr Who tree. I work with a lady who has a Tardis tattoo on her upper thigh. lol Yeah, she's a big fan for sure. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  5. Merry Christmas Joy. Your decorations are so warm and inviting. I know your home will be greatly enjoyed by happy people. Love the Christmas village. The red glass Lusters are so beautiful.
    Audrey Z.

  6. Joy, everything looks amazing. I love to see so many styles in Christmas decor in blog land!

  7. Wonderful Joy! The banner and stars are darling. Christmas at your home is delightful! Thanks for sharing with Creating Christmas.

  8. Merry Christmas!! Your home looks so very cozy and festive and I especially like the entrance decorated with the simple wreath, sled, skates and tin pan! Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration this week!

  9. Joy, It was great to visit you and your Christmas decorating. The Christmas village is lovely. The tree with it's colorful theme is really nice. Great to have a small one to decorate. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia

  10. Have a wonderful Holiday! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  11. I am loving my time catching up on your posts! I get so busy with Life and all the hurry scurry of it all that it's wonderful to simply linger long in bed this morning and visit! Harrison spent the night and is still sound asleep in the guest room! And it's 10:35! I'm not leaving my bed until he gets up!
    Merry Christmas, Joy!

  12. Joy,
    OMG!! Love your collection of Dr. Who ornaments!! Did you watch the Christmas Special this year???? My oldest son and I are huge Dr. Who fans!!
    Merry Christmas!!

  13. I love the peace banner and your precious handmade stockings. I still fill our original stockings too even though they look very 80s. It is all so much fun.Thanks for linking up to Monday Social.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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