Welcome to Christmas at Our House!


In today’s post I’m going to show you a few of the things that say “Christmas” at our house.  And, this post will be included in Boomama’s  Christmas “walk” here beginning tomorrow.

 100_3969e1  Our neighbors across the street put lights on this beautiful, big evergreen, and every time we open the front door we can see it.  We probably have a better view of it than they do!  It’s beautiful, especially when it snows, like it did a few days ago.

  000_0028r  Welcome!




100_4083e11  More by accident than by design, the entryway ended up being mostly about Father Christmas.


100_4291  This is the first year I’ve put up a little tree in the entry.

100_4290  I found this great Father Christmas tree topper at Cracker Barrel!






 100_4134d   The “tree skirt” under this tree is really a poncho that my mother crocheted for me in the 70’s!  I think she would love it that I’m still finding a way to use it after all this time.

100_4268s1  A Christmas cookie jar.  But, I’m not baking cookies this year, so it might as well make itself useful looking “cute” under this tree.

  100_4185  The landing going upstairs.


100_4092e  The railing of the loft, overlooking the entry.




100_42251    We were discouraged from buying this print for over the fireplace, because it’s a winter scene!  We loved it when we bought it, against that advice, and we still love it.  In the summer, when you look at it, you just feel a little cooler!



100_4135x  The tree in front of the living room windows.


100_4298  My mother took ceramics in the 70’s (didn’t everybody?), and made nativity sets for many family and friends.  And, she promised me her set after she was gone.  So, this is a nativity set she made.



100_4184e  My one “live” arrangement.  You can’t beat the scent of real evergreens.




100_3973e1  I love making these little candies.  They not only look “Christmasy,” but they taste good too!   The recipe for them was in this post last Christmas. 

100_4094  Because we live on a small lake, we put a wreath in the window in the sun room that looks out to the lake.



 100_4347c1 Blurred, I know.  But, I wanted to show how the wreath in the sun room and the tree in the living room look from the back yard.

100_4281ss  My “pot of sticks” that I use as a card tree.  I really like this way of displaying cards.

May you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2009!  Merry Christmas!

24 Responses to Welcome to Christmas at Our House!

  1. Debbie says:

    How pretty is that! I love Christmas decor.

  2. C. Beth says:

    So beautiful, Sandra! What a lovely home with such pretty decorations.

  3. Schafner says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous home and gorgeous decorations.

    I particularly like your first “Father Christmas” in the entryway. He looks a lot like Jim Booey, a Texas legend who was responsible for creating like a 15-inch bladed knife.

    “Ho, Ho, Ho, have a Merry Christmas! …… or I’ll stab you.”

  4. Sandra says:

    Debbie — Thank you. I love Christmas decor too.

    Beth — Decorating gets significantly easier when you are no longer raising little children, who constantly need your attention. AND, when you’re retired, and just have more time! It took me a WEEK to decorate! Not, because I was doing THAT much, but because I had all the time I needed! Have I mentioned? I LOVE retirement!

    Schafner — “Ho, Ho, Ho, have a Merry Christmas! ….. or I’ll stab you.”?! Your heart-felt salutation brought a tear to my eye! Not! 🙂

    Yes, I know who Jim Bowie is. In fact, I’m pretty sure Hubby probably has a Bowie knife in his collection of knives.

  5. tz says:

    wow, absolutely beautiful! I love the lit wreath (we have one too) and what a great idea for the cards…hmmm, may have to ‘steal’ that idea! You really do have the Christmas spirit down!

  6. Sandra says:

    tz — The card tree is an idea that I got from a program on Home and Garden Network a couple years ago. Very easy. If you do one, I hope you’ll post a picture — I’d like to see your “interpretation.”

  7. Beautiful!! I’ve gone very minimalist with my decorations this year – it’s great to see someone really pushing the boat out (and clearly with so much care and love).

  8. Sandra says:

    Rachel — As I said in a previous comment, when you’re retired you have all the time in the world to do decorating “stuff.” So, I have an “edge” over alot of people.

  9. C. Beth says:

    Schafner–As an adopted (not native) Texan, I am DEEPLY offended. That would be Bowie, not Booey–although your spelling is correct phonetically. I expect a notarized letter of apology in all the major Texas newspapers by tomorrow.

    Sandra–I did find myself thinking, “Wow, I wish I was retired so I could do all that!” I also found myself thinking, “Hmm…there’s no WAY I could have all that stuff right there on the floor in the reach of children.” 🙂

  10. Schafner says:

    C. Beth — *shrug* You win some you lose some. I actually did a Google search before I posted that response, and I DIDN’T get the “Did you Mean?” from Google that was supposed to save me the embarassment.

    I’ll issue my notarized letter, just as soon as Google Inc. does the same 🙂

  11. Belinda says:

    Beautiful….especially your “tree skirt-poncho”

  12. Barb says:

    Sandy, Retirement is looking better and better! Decorations are beautiful and you can tell that they are done with a lot of love.

  13. Sandra says:

    Beth — That’s what I remember about housekeeping in general. Whenever I got one room clean, when I moved on to the next room, “they” would get busy and mess up the prevous room! I felt like I could never get ahead of the curve! But, now that’s all very fond memories.

    Belinda — Thank you. I bought some of the Harney’s tea today at Barnes and Noble! But they didn’t have the red one. I’ll have to keep looking.

    Barb — Come on in (to retirement), the “water’s” fine! 🙂

  14. Cathy says:

    Wow, very nice! I’m having our staff/office volunteer party tomorrow. Can we come to your house instead? It’s decorations look much better than mine!

  15. Sandra says:

    Cathy — Hmmm. I haven’t “known” you very long, but from what I’ve learned about you, and your beautiful quilts, I’m not buying the idea that your decorations aren’t absolutely beautiful!

    But, if you reallly want to have the party here, “pack ’em up!” I’ll leave the porch light on. I hope it won’t be a problem that I don’t have room for all of you to sleep over, so you’ll have to go home after I serve you dessert! 🙂

  16. Amy O says:

    Between you and Jenny, you are both hired to do my house next year! Gorgeous! Thanks for some great ideas!

  17. Cathy says:

    Well, we didn’t make it to your home for the Christmas party. Sorry I forgot to let you know!:)

    It actually went well – had taco pile-on and cheese ball and for dessert we had Strawberry Pretzel dessert. Hope the dessert you made us didn’t go to waste! I know this year you’re only making desserts that “have a home” 🙂

  18. Hilary says:

    Wow… your home is just beautifully and wonderfully decorated. I see you got your fine creative talents from your mother. Just amazing!

    Thank you again, Sandra for the lovely towel you sent to me. You’re one generous and talented lady.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. 🙂

  19. Sandra says:

    Cathy — No problem that your group didn’t make it. 🙂 But, no dessert goes to “waste” at our house — they always go to our “waist’s!” Buuuut, I’m pretty sure the “rule” is that there are no calories in desserts prepared for others, that aren’t eaten. So, we’ll just polish off that calorie-free puppy today! 🙂

    btw, is a taco pill-on a make-it-yourself taco buffet? And, I’ve heard of the strawberry pretzel dessert but never had it. I wouldn’t mind having that recipe. You know, not for US, but for the next time we have company! 🙂

    Hilary — Thank you for your kind words. My mother was very good with all the traditional “womanly” arts. Unfortunately, only a smattering of that “leaked” through to her four daughters.

    I can’t tell you how delighted I am that you like the towel. Although, I am concerned, since I’m so new at this, how it will look after you wash it! Oh well, if it falls totally apart, you’ll just have some new rags! 🙂

  20. Ummm…..have I moved so far down the totem pole that you now refer to me (and GUNNY too) as “they” in these comments? REALLY? do you think that we enjoyed giving you something to do with your free time? it was hard work.

  21. new diva says:

    Love the poncho and the Christmas card display. Merry Christmas!

  22. Sandra says:

    Jennifer — Well, at least I said that the memories of “them” were fond! I knew you were “working hard” at being messy, because you got it done so efficiently! 🙂

    New Diva — Thank you. Merry Christmas to you too!

  23. Your decorations are beautiful! Will you come do my house? 😉

  24. Sandra says:

    That’s such a nice compliment, Lynn. But from just the little I know about you, I bet you are a decorator — and probably would put my decorating to shame.

    Doing this particular post has made me realize how far I have to go in the phographty department. I think I need a better camera (and the camera probably says, “I think I need a better operator!”)

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