photo courtesy of Along Came Mary

I love how much people go all out for Christmas, and this year is no exception. I prefer to decorate after Thanksgiving, usually around the second week of December.

My beautiful bannister is the first thing people see when they walk into my house. We deck out the bannister with additional garland, pin lights and bows to set the tone for what is to come.
If you have been reading my blog, you know tradition is important to me. My biggest Christmas tradition, and what really gets me in the holiday spirit, is going tree shopping. I go to the Christmas tree lot and sometimes spend over two hours picking out the perfect noble Christmas tree. ALWAYS a noble tree. I talk and make friends with the guys on the lot and have them show me every single 9ft noble they have until I find the perfect one. I like noble trees, because they are perfect for decorating. The space between the branches is just right for hanging ornaments.  
Once the tree is set up in the living room, I put strands and strands of tiny pin lights all around the tree, and then we start with the real deal ornaments. 

My sister and brother would send me Swarovski crystal snowflakes and Christopher Radko ornaments every year. I have a lovely collection of both. I like how the crystals sparkle on the tree. You can find one for yourself here and the Christopher Radko ornaments here. Of course I have Christmas ball ornaments in different colors, shapes and sizes, but the Swarovski crystal snowflake ornaments and Christopher Radko ornaments are the ones that are the most special to me. I know that most people get excited about the Christmas tree topper, and it becomes a tradition, but I change toppers every year.

The tree in the living room is meant to be more formal, but still beautiful and fun. In my indoor sunroom I place another noble tree that is more whimsical. I decorate it with gingerbread ornaments, candy canes, and garlands of dried cranberries & popcorn, along with other festive treats.

Another one of my favorite traditions are the animated Merry Go Rounds, Ferris Wheels and moving Santa’s that I collect and put amongst the decorations throughout my home. They have become my four year old granddaughter Clover’s favorite and I can hear her running from room to room with excitement as she looks for the new ones I have added every year. I love how they add movement to the Christmas decorations around the house. It is like being in my own North Pole and makes the holiday feel that much more alive. Clover and I watched Santa walk up and down the ladder over a hundred times this weekend. I’m exhausted, but so very happy to bring this joy into Clover’s life.

What are some of your favorite Christmas decorations that you have collected over the years?

Wishing you a happy and festive holiday season,


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