Christmas Tour Living and Dining

Over the years of decorating with little kids in the house, I have learned to hit the high spots when it comes to Christmas decorating.

A little color on the couch, some festive greenery and a Nativity set the kiddos can play with.

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On the mantle or Nativity set speaks for itself. The accessories are slightly simpler this year with handmade finger garland and pom-pom garland.

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The Wise Men journey from afar. I guess the donkey is less interested.

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Our tree has a blue and silver in theme, with a stand out pink ornament in memory of our daughter, Celeste. We used to corral our Christmas tree to keep toddlers out, then I started elevating it so I could see the bottom of it. Last year I realized we could just put it on a normal height table. And so we did. And so I love it. The only thing at risk is the lowest level of tinsel.

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I purchased this rocking horse and doll crib from Selective Antiques in Hughson. The wine box in the crib is filled with Christmas books I collected over the years. I made the double sided tree skirt from home decor fabrics bought on clearance at the now closed and sorely missed, Home Fabrics.

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We acquired this white aluminum tree and ornaments last year for Peter’s hospital room. It was quite remarkable encountered it again and realizing how far we have come.

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I’ve been searching for a way to hang these vintage ornaments acquired from my parents. I think this year it might be just right, for a bit of whimsy.

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Each year, I hang garland the ornaments for the 12 Days of Christmas above our bay window. We sing the song as we hang them.

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This is where I begin to struggle to find space since nothing can go on the coffee table (it ends up on the ground). But I love these items and their metallic sheen.

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It is not Christmas yet! I create our Advent wreath each year using fresh greenery. The basic metal ring is placed in a footed fruit bowl with evergreen, berries and seeds added. The boxwood wreath is a faux find from Ikea. I’m loving these beeswax Advent candles from the Cloister Shoppe. Unfortunately, I did not see any for sale this year.

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I made another slightly shabby, wreath from evergreen clippings picked up at the Christmas tree lot.

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It was a great mood boost for me last year that everywhere I looked, there was some festive decoration. I am, happily, not a minimalist.

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