Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Christmas Den!

The den is done! My ONE clean room! Every year I tell myself I am going to be neat and tidy and decorate one room at a time without trashing the whole house while I'm at it! Oops....I did it again! It is HARD to be clean and creative at the same time!

I was up early this morning to finish up! I put the poinsettias in the big wreathes above the mirrors, cleaned the fireplace and built a fresh fire (it is cold in Texas! 40 degrees this morning!) poured my coffee and settled down to wait for Louis Dean to get up! He is normally up FIRST but this morning our roles were switched! That's OK. I took the time to sit back and enjoy my handiwork.

The Noel bell hanging in the top right photo has traditionally been the FIRST thing we would put up when we started our Christmas decorating. I bought this in 1965 and it has hung in my home every year. I have been in THIS home since 1967! I have done a little repair to it over the years but it remains my favorite decoration.
Summer and Jesse would jump up to ring the bells every Christmas season - year after year - until they were finally old enough to simply reach up and hang it. Then along came Amber and Benjamin - who did the same ritual. I miss having kids at home at Christmas!

Other keepsakes I will hang on to forever are these paper angels.
My friend and neighbor gave me one of these as I recall.
This started a tradition and for years and years Amber would give me a Christmas Angel. I have others displayed in different rooms but all have special meaning for me.

The red satin stockings go back years! I have given my children theirs to keep - except for Ben! I still have his! Years ago the family members wrote their names on the stockings and I then embroidered them. For some reason I have not added Louis Dean's name to a stocking but I am doing that SOON!
Opening our stockings on Christmas Morning at breakfast was a tradition we had when the kids were home.
Then for a year or two we did the stockings on Christmas Eve.
Now we tend to simply hang the stockings for display.

One room down......more to go!
The foyer and living room come next.
I bought a 25 foot live evergreen garland yesterday which I plan to use in the foyer.
I LOVE the fragrance of a Christmas tree as you come in the front door.
We plan to buy a real tree for the living room but that will have to wait until the decorating is done. That's the last thing I will it will still look good on Christmas!

So MUCH to do!! I best get busy!

I think I will take Lucy on a nice long walk FIRST!


Dawn said...

I see that LD has collapsed into his chair... Time to rest!

Nita said...

Your den looks beautiful! No wonder y'all hit the sack so early last night. That's a lot work!

Vee said...

Wow! It looks like a Christmas Shop! That's a lot of work, Linda. Hope that you're able to relax a bit now and truly enjoy it.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

It is so pretty and homey, Linda. Love your Santa paintings!!!

Kelly said...

Your home is so warm and cozy and full of Christmas cheer everywhere I look! I can tell this is a special time of year for you and your family. I think it's great that you're still using your older things too.

Flora said...


darlin said...

Wow, your home looks amazing! You have turned your place into something magical, I am in awe of the work you put into Christmas. Now take a break already! lol Like I'm a fine one to be saying that. :-)

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

You are such an inspiration!

And such a ball of energy! Please bottle some, and send it this way. :-)

Gentle hugs,
"The orange-scented zephyrs stirred, the branches rustled, and the tinsel crackled like merry music, to which the sparkling lights danced."

~~E.T.A. Hoffman "The Nutcracker"

Changes in the wind said...

Could spend hours checking it all out:)

Carla said...

Okay smartie pants I see you did something new with your photos. Nice! You'll have to show me how you did it.

Deb said...

I love christmas decorations...and remembering each one when I unpack them...