Home for Christmas Tour

by Alli

Welcome to my “Home for Christmas” Tour!  This is the very first time I’ve opened my doors to all of you and I’m a tad nervous!  Come on in and have some buckeyes and a cup (or two) of our favorite mocha punch!

I do believe it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Actually, it’s been looking a lot like Christmas at my house since the second week in November.  That’s when I begin putting up the trees because Christmas is my very favorite time of the year and I want to enjoy it as long as I can.  The first thing I do every morning is turn on the Christmas tree lights.  If I’m home, the lights are on.

Check out my Christmas wreath!  It was also my Thanksgiving wreath! I just removed the fall flowers, added a big red bow and a string of berries.  Ta-Da!  There’s Christmas trees filled with “snow” that I picked from a cotton field in Georgia back in October and lanterns on either side of the door.



Walk right through the front door and into my great room.  I also have a wreath on this side of the door.  It’s my sweater and burlap wreath.  When I saw a beautiful cream sweater wreath at Design, Dining + Diapers,  I knew I wanted to try my hand at one.  You can find her much-more-beautiful-than-mine cream one here. I am in love with her wreath.  I didn’t have any old sweaters so I called my daughter and she brought me her husband’s worn out red sweater.  Perfect. I do believe it’s my favorite wreath and I will cherish it for years to come!sweater wreathI believe this is the only house I’ve lived in during my adult life that does not have a fireplace.  I really miss the mantle this time of the year.  Adding a fireplace is on my to-do list!  No worries, I just hang them on a buffet table.  My youngest daughter is bucking the tradition by using her no-sew denim stocking that I made out of her favorite jeans that finally bit the dust.  You can find out how I made it here.


For over 25 years, this little porcelain angel reigned on top of our family Christmas tree.  It was always our son’s responsibility to place the angel on top of the tree.  I fondly remember the days when my husband would hoist him up on his shoulders while I held my breath.  She’s now falling apart underneath so I had to retire her a few years ago. She’s now content to watch over the stockings.porcangel

I like to call our family tree “the memory tree”  because it holds so many precious memories.  It used to be a lot bigger, but I downsized this year.  All of the children’s handmade ornaments from their elementary school days reside here.  The Father Christmas ornaments from Hallmark that my oldest daughter started collecting for me years ago (and adds to every year) hang on this tree, too.  This tree also holds the ornaments I pick up on vacation trips and the children and grandchildren’s first Christmas mementos as well as an ornament in memory of our beloved cat “Miss Kitty.”   Yes, this tree holds lots of memories!christmastree

I normally set up a large scale tablescape in my dining room.  But today I wanted to show you a more intimate tablescape for four.  I actually set it up in the great room using one of my sofas as a banquette.  Who says we have to always eat in the dining room?  bouqstheoneone



My red and white snowbird tree is mine, all mine.  I place it in the dining room that is just off the great room.  I can see both trees at the same time.redandwhitediningroomtree

My youngest daughter’s tree in her bedroom features all of the ballerinas I’ve been collecting for her ever since she was just a tot and attending her first ballet class.  Ballet lessons eventually fell by the wayside, but I continue to add a ballerina ornament to her collection each year.ballerina

This is my rustic pine cone wreath that I made to hang over my desk.  I spray painted it white and added a reindeer to the center.  It makes me smile every time I look up from my laptop.

reindeer wreath

Thanks so much for visiting my home!  Before you go, I want to show you the tree and the fireplace I decorated at our church.  The church is contemporary and for years I’ve wanted a replica of a large fireplace on stage to decorate for Christmas.  Yes, I received several weird looks, but I approached my son-in-law (who is also on staff and serves as one of our associate pastors) and explained to him what I was envisioning.  And he actually built the exact fireplace I had in mind.  Well, it’s not real, mind you, but it’s perfect.  And my son-in-law is awesome!  I made the wreath and used my beloved Ibex (at least that’s what I think it is) in the center of the wreath.  I found a deal on the candle holders and the letters that spell out joy.  I spruced them up with red spray paint.  fireplace



I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my blog and I feel like I know so many of you personally!  My wish is that you have the Merriest Christmas ever!  I’m singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to you all.  Be glad that you can’t actually hear it!snowmen