Celebrating Christmas Traditions: Making Memories

Family Christmas traditions make holidays special and memorable. You can probably think back to your childhood and remember traditions celebrated back then that you still honor today. When it comes to the holidays, celebrating Christmas traditions are what makes the day special and meaningful for all of us. Today I'm joining a group of bloggers to share a special Christmas tradition that we still observe today.  I've shared before … [Read more...]

Cheater’s Guide to Christmas Gift Wrapping

Last night it snowed here in Illinois and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Just two more weeks until the big day and I have a confession to make. I'm not a fan of wrapping presents. My hunch says many of you feel the same way so I'm here with the cheater's guide to Christmas gift wrapping!  Today I'm joining some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a wealth of ideas to make your Christmas presents pretty. Their links are … [Read more...]

Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas

We're in the last weeks of Christmas and I truly hope no one is stressed out. Take a deep breath, grab a cup of your favorite coffee, and sit back and take a moment to enjoy these simple Christmas decorating ideas. Some of you may not have put your tree up yet and if you need some quick holiday decor, these ideas should help. Create a pretty table top Christmas tree by cutting off the end of a fir tree branch and placing it in water. Add a … [Read more...]

Christmas in a Cozy Kitchen

Our farmhouse kitchen just got cozier with a new kitchen island! I waited until it arrived before decorating the kitchen for Christmas. Hubby and I assembled the island in two hours flat. Now that it's complete, I'm ready to share Christmas in my cozy kitchen. I'm joining other bloggers for our Seasonal Simplicity holiday tour, so be sure to visit their blogs listed at the end of this post. Thanks to House by Hoff and The Happy Housie for … [Read more...]

Casual Christmas Comfort: Holiday Decorating

Christmas comes too quickly! I wish I could stretch it out for about three months. Then we wouldn't have to rush and we could enjoy casual Christmas comfort. Which is exactly the vibe I'm going for in our family room with this year's holiday decor. (This post contains affiliate links.) My vintage-style red truck is the focal point and inspiration for this room.  Christmas decorating is simple yet festive in the family room. You can … [Read more...]

Cozy Corner by the Christmas Tree

Welcome to another installment of our new Cozy Living series! In November I shared how to use candles and blankets to make your home warm and fuzzy. Today I'm sharing my cozy corner by the Christmas tree. My cozy blogging friends have ideas for making your home cozy, too. Their links are at the end of this post and I know they all have great inspiration to share with you.  When I was a little girl I'd run home from school, turn on the … [Read more...]

Country Style Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my Country Style Christmas Home Tour! It's Holiday Housewalk week with different bloggers sharing their festive homes each day. I'm truly honored to once again participate in this tour of festive homes organized by Jennifer Rizzo. (This post contains affiliate links.)  I'm house #23 on the Holiday House Walk this week. If you're heading over from Just Destiny ... welcome! You can start the tour with the very first house by … [Read more...]

Gold and Crystal Holiday Table Setting

Christmas carols are playing on Pandora, glitter is on the floor, and I'm busy planning my holiday meal. Prime rib is on the menu this year and I've opted for a gold and crystal holiday table setting. All week my blogging friends and I are featuring holiday tablescapes as part of the Styled + Set series organized by Lory at Designthusiasm. You can visit everyone's table settings at the links at the end of this post. I knew gold was going to be … [Read more...]

Cozy Christmas Mantel in Neutrals

Merry Christmas Decorating! My humble farmhouse is all set for the holidays and I'm ready to open my doors and share it with you. I'm joining some of my favorite bloggers today for Cozy Christmas Mantel inspiration. Their mantels are listed at the end of this post. Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing the event! Normally I don't decorate for Christmas in neutral tones, but I was going for a soft look and it's just the way things … [Read more...]

Favorite Christmas Decorating Ideas

Have I told you how anxious I am to share my Christmas decor with you? The holiday decorating is done and photos have been taken. I'm waiting until next week to share what I've done, but I'm really in the Christmas spirit and feel the need to share something festive. So I've rounded up some of my favorite Christmas decorating ideas from years past to hopefully inspire you as your deck your halls.Snowy Christmas Villages My favorite Christmas … [Read more...]

Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Avoid last minute holiday stress by planning your Christmas table setting ahead of time. I've collected several ideas to inspire you and get your wheels turning. Whether you prefer a simple holiday table, or a more elaborate setting, you're sure to find something here that suits your fancy. When in doubt, turn to traditional holiday decor like red and green in plaid prints. Note the clever details like candles in coffee mugs and small presents … [Read more...]

Vintage Santa Ribbon: Christmas Tree Decorating

When it comes to Christmas trees, I'm kind of like Kevin in "Home Alone." Holiday trees are magical and beautiful. As a kid, I couldn't wait to get home from school to turn the tree lights on and just bask in the glow. A few months before Christmas I start dreaming about how to decorate my tree. It's the starting point for my holiday decorating.¬†This year I was struggling ... until I spotted a pretty vintage Santa ribbon.  This ribbon … [Read more...]

Christmas Decorating: Front Doors

One of the easiest Christmas decorating projects is the front door. A favorite wreath, a holiday bough, maybe even a pair of ice skates have graced your own front door for the holidays. I haven't yet decided how I'm going to decorate my door this Christmas, but for the time being, I can admire other Christmas doors to become inspired. I hope you enjoy these selections, too! A very full wreath adorns a blue Victorian door. When a wreath is this … [Read more...]

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