Even if 2020 resulted in a Christmas celebration just for me and Mr. B, I would still go all out with Christmas decor in my home!
Anyone who knows me well, knows I take this quite seriously and gain much joy from it.
I take a lot of care with setting up little vignettes and there are so many details that I could not begin to show it all here…and may put some in another post.
But for those who may be new to the blog, here is a little background on my Christmas home decor story.
Since our wedding was in December, 34 years ago, there were several Christmas wedding gifts that began my decorations and are still featured today.
But, the little snowman at the top of this post, started a snowman collection that is vast and still grows. However, most of them are what I call vintage snowmen and not modern.
About 32 years ago, we visited my favorite place to go in Texas, Fredericksburg. It is a quaint Texas Hill Country town that looks like it was plucked from a Hallmark movie set.
That snowman captured my attention on the shelf of a little gift shop. When I saw him, I felt like he had always belonged to me, and at that moment, the collection began.
So many have added to it over the years…the one hanging on the wall in the second picture was made by an elderly neighbor in our first neighborhood.
Though she is gone, we think fondly of Mrs. Brayman every year when we hang this picture.
You cannot go anywhere in the house this time of year without finding snowmen. I told Mr. B that I might not put them all out this year, and her protested passionately…so they deck the halls throughout!
The vintage Santa collection came from both of our mothers. This guy is the centerpiece on one fireplace mantel and originated with Mr. B’s mom.
The Santas around the world below were started by my mother.
Heritage is a big story with my Christmas decorations and I love to share it with my adult children (so they will remember) and with my grandchildren.
My husband’s grandmother made many of the tree ornaments, and also the stockings below which include dates.
Every single piece of this decorating puzzle throughout my home has a story.
There are two full Christmas trees. One real, and one Balsam Hill, which was gifted a few years ago complete with gorgeous ornaments for blogging.
This past summer I took advantage of Balsam Hill’s Christmas in July sale and purchased two gorgeous mantle garlands with lights at 60% off. Love them!!
Cozy…warm…peaceful has always been the decorating goal.
This is an area in the front room where the Balsam Hill tree is, that is a reading corner just for the grandchildren. I have also collected children’s Christmas books over the years.
It is a bit depleted, because Gigi cannot say “NO” when they ask to take a book home. Do you see the Gigi snow-woman in the picture?? Quite fashionable!
I was thrilled to come upon some Shatter- Proof ornaments this year…so I decorated the little tree here instead of removing it like I have done before.
All six grandchildren are under age seven so if an ornament in the reading corner falls it will not be a big deal and it looks nice.
Now you have a little taste of Christmas at my house…even if just for me. Because I love it and think the time for it is too short and goes too quickly!
I will share more about the new kitchen decorations this weekend!
If I did not do this, I would be down and out. These decorations keep the joy and hope alive for me, and I know always will.
Thank you for stopping by…I hope these images help you to……………………………..
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By Pamela Lutrell