Tis The Season
In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share some pictures of our decorations and my parents’. My mom has enough decorations to do the whole neighborhood, so I borrowed a few extras. First, here’s their house. . .
They have spotlights in the yard to light up the house.
Right inside the front door is the main Christmas tree.
With another tree on the balcony above . . .
The sunroom has a palm tree.
And there’s another little tree by the front door.
For our house, I have “jewel box” string lights, I bought at Target about a decade ago, hanging from the porch. This year, I strung some crystals on metallic ribbon and hung them to look like icicles.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas night, I always leave real candles burning out front all night.
The greenery is decorated with ribbon and ornaments in brown and apple green that used to be on our tree. They go well with the exterior of this house.
The side porch has our South Carolina wreath which has been up thru football season. My mom did most of the work and I added the feathers and SC accents.
Out back, I hung a large wreath from the fireplace. We wrapped wire around the bottom of the chimney and used some of the “branches” on the wreath as hooks to secure it to the wire. The wire isn’t noticeable and it avoided having to do anything permanent to the brick. The power cord runs along the wire to behind the fireplace, then goes across the ground to the outlet on the garage.
I’ve had large retro lights along the back porch for a few months and added the same crystals that are on the front porch. I will probably leave all that up all year long.
Here’s a close up of the crystals I have hanging from all the porches. The ribbon is just silver metallic ribbon used for wrapping presents. They are clipped to the vinyl trim with little metal binder clips.
The pots on the porch are what I used to have on the front porch for Christmas. They are decorated with the same bulbs and ribbon I used on the fireplace wreath. The rest of the year, I leave the hurricane and candle and plant flowers in place of the fake greenery. The hurricane is actually sitting on an upside-down stainless steel dog bowl.
I also cut a new vinyl design for our master bathroom window using my Silhouette cutting machine. I wanted something wintery, but not to “Christmasy” so I can leave it up until February or so. Our master bathtub window faces the entrance to the neighborhood so everyone sees it. It’s usually just plain, so I like putting a design on there to dress it up a bit.
Inside, our Christmas tree is on the left in the piano/dining room.
The staircase has similar decorations with battery powered diamond lights, crystals and metal ribbon.
The mantel has more greenery, snowflake lights, mercury glass bulbs and more crystals. I’ve added our Christmas cards as they’ve arrived.
Above the TV is our Lego Christmas sets and The Kid’s GeoTrax Christmas Train set.
The train set lights up and plays music as the train goes by each piece.
We hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!