Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Decorating! It's What I DO!!!

I can't seem to help myself!
 If I were the only one to ever see and enjoy my Christmas House - I truly believe I would still decorate it all.....just for me ..... and I hope to do it for as long as I can.

I have been waking up early the last few mornings - all excited about the Christmas Decorating!
I sit in the living room with my book and coffee and then play my word games until Louis Dean wakes up.
I don't want to disturb him with the vacuum and hauling debris in and then out!
All the decorations are just outside the bedroom door scattered all over the patio and beyond.
Glad there hasn't been rain in the forecast.

It's not even December yet - but the bedroom, hall, baths and dining room are all done as I sit here writing about them tonight.

Louis Dean is grateful I do not overload his bathroom as I did the first year or two we were married. Amber told me, "Mom! You get to get all that stuff OUT of there!"
I used to decorate this bathroom with snowmen......Lots and LOTS of snowmen!!

It is much more subdued these days.....
Louis Dean loves his Santa clock that plays Christmas carols on the hour.

Easy peasy!

A candle is lit to declare it clean AND decorated!

Moving on to the dining room - which is a real biggie for me...

It took all day but it is DONE!

This year is very similar to last year's decor.
I use the tablecloths to cover both buffets as well as the antique cabinet.

My Santa walls are expanding!
I need to paint two more for the dining room - for NEXT year!

There may be some tweaking to come later.

All the China and stemware in the hutches have been washed and are ready to use for the holidays.
That took awhile!

The cardinal tree is one of my favorites.

Summer has given me most of the cardinals and the penguins are new from her this year!

Even the table is set for dinner!
All we need now is food and guests.

This is where I will host a lunch next week for my friend, Brenda.
I met her for lunch yesterday and we ate at Fuzzy Tacos.
We try to get together for lunch at least once a month......
sometimes that doesn't happen but we keep on until we are back to our monthly dates.
I'm a big fan of writing on my daily/monthly planner because - if I WRITE it down - it WILL happen! Usually!

I just love how 'clean'  sparkles!!!

Hold on to your hats! 
I packed up some old dishes to take to Goodwill and reorganized the China hutch!
It felt GOOD to get rid of stuff I didn't really love!
Note to friends - do not worry about me buying more debris every week - as I am wont to do on Tuesdays!
I truly recycle! At least some.....
I took a trunk full of debris just yesterday to my local Goodwill and I have the trunk already full AGAIN!

I am tired to the bone now but happy in my heart.
Louis Dean just went on to bed and I can still hear the Christmas music playing in the living room as I finish up this journal entry.

It's been a good day.
We read the Bible, had our coffee, did our projects and met back in the den to rest and watch a Hallmark Christmas movie this afternoon. Louis Dean and I make a good team.
He has been practicing his Christmas songs for a Christmas Tea coming up in December.
My favorites are Pretty Paper, Angels Among Us and The Angels Cried. He sings and plays them so well. HE is the entertainment for my annual Christmas Tea.....which I didn't have last year but will not miss again!

For supper tonight I made a hearty potato soup with lots of veggies and cubed ham.
It was delicious!

I will continue to weave the Christmas Magic through the house until the last room is done!!
But for now - I'm tired so I'm going to bed!!


Blondie's Journal said...

As a long time follower and friend, you know how much I love your Christmas decorations! Everything looks festive and joyous. Bravo for giving LD his own space in his bathroom- my hubby hates all the 'eyes' of the elves and reindeer!


Ginny Hartzler said...

I am all decorated, too! But for some reason, still buying things! I guess you are rubbing off on me. But our home could never be decorated as beautifully as yours. I was not born with this talent. Isn't it wonderful that each person is gifted with a different ability? I LOVE those big red and black stockings!! And your table is beautiful.

BeachGypsy said...

you are way way ahead of me, my friend...ha ha ha LOL!--I have just started and decorated the dining room table and the buffet table. I cleared the fireplace mantel of ALL DEBRIS and have it ready for the poinsettias, but that is where I plum tuckered out and give out for the night. I will resume tomorrow and hopfully we will "deck the halls" fa la la la la la la LA LAH!!! ha ha LOL and get up a tree this weekend as well as light up the outside of our house. My knees have been awful bad this week and I've been moving sloooooooooow. I've been enjoying all your posts though and reading of your comings and goings and doings. Your decorations look real pretty and I hope you video some of Louis Dean at the tea party perfomance please? I bet when those grandkids come in the door and see all your holiday pretties sparkling and glowing I bet their eyes get so big!

Bluebird49 said...

All is merry and bright, Linda!

Arlene Grimm said...

Looks beautiful. I love your Santa wall!!

Deanna Rabe said...

I’m hosting a Christmas Party here tomorrow night for my fellow homeschool co-op Moms, so I am all decorated too!

It brings special beauty to my home and I love it!

Everything looks beautiful!

Estelle's said... are the most festive person ever! I loved seeing all your Christmas's everywhere! Honey, i know how much you love your home and it's just a blessing to be a part of it! hugs...

Sandra said...

YAY for giving some of your Stuff Away! everything looks lovely and the dining room is beautiful. you are certainly a decorator on steroids when you get started. except of course in the HIS bathroom

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Like you I am feeling bone tired, but isn't such a wonderful time of year! I always think that the preparation is half the fun of any holiday and so enjoy decorating. I had to downsize this year and gave away over half of what I have. It's probably all for the best though as it took all I had to do as much as I did. I'm thankful for each holiday as I do manage to get some good cleaning done too when changing out the seasons. I love all the cabinet space you have and they look beautiful as does everything else. Hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your own personal Christmas music going on while you decorate. Here I have the radio. Not as nice, but still I love it.


Your home looks gorgeous all pretty up for the holidays. I know what you mean, I am very tired myself and with a trip to NYC coming up, but still, I did a bit of decorating for the holidays too.
I love how your house looks with so many festive decorations and the table too.
Enjoy it sweet friend.

Changes in the wind said...

I love when you do a close up shot like the first picture.

Susie said...

Linda, It is looking so pretty at your house. :) You are a trooper and just keep going. I clean as I go when doing decorating too. I should have washed all the windows outside yesterday, as it is raining today...blast. I did get the insides done. :) That is nice that you just kind of re-cycle your decorations here and there. I like to keep the things that I am attached too....anything my children made me or bought for the tree. Blessings to you and LD. Love you, xoxo, Susie

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Your Christmas Home is wonderful. Everything does sparkle.

Jan said...

We went and helped decorate the church building today, so now I'm in the mood to start my own decorating!

Vee said...

Yes, I know that you will always decorate with love and flair. This year, I am in a bit of a slump, but hoping that I’ll snap out of it.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! All I can say is WOW! I love all your Christmas Decorating but I wouldn't have the energy at this point to do it so we have downsize and cut back some. It looks like you entertain so beautifully! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! I hope you will visit again! Nancy

Debbie said...

it is what you do and you do it so well, everything looks so festive!! i have been trying to pick a favorite room as you have been posting them BUT that is impossible!!!

the china hutch is beautiful, i like the wreath you have hanging there!!!

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