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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Welcome to My Home for Christmas


This year I really wanted everything to be pared - down, so I left most of the decor as is and just added a few items to create a simple and I think elegant Christmas. 

 I will be so Blessed to have all of my children here together for Christmas for the first time in 15 years this year.  I really wanted the tree to be the star of the show since it always was when they were small, so I kept all the other decor to a minimum.


Our tree is a very old fashioned one filled with heirloom ornaments and ones that have been collected for years.


It is filled with angels, doves, toys and ornaments gathered over the last 50 yrs.


The chest in the front window showcases my favorite Santa.  I have a really small collection, and this was my first and largest, so he is really special.  All the Santa's in my header are part of my small collection.  I love that he has a tree, a big bag of gifts and a horn tied on his sash.


A couple of beaded ornaments to finish the vignette.


I left the coffee table just as it was, and just added a gold gild reindeer.


A simple bow is all he needs.  I love his all over scroll detail.


The end table showcases another of my Santa's and a Christmas floral arrangement.


The dining area has just some minor changes as well as the buffet.

I added my Nativity scene to the cloche and a few ribbon loops to the floral arrangement.  A Wise man, angels and a cow from the manger surround Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.




My smallest Santa was placed on the buffet.  I thought the gold on his robe went with the gilt of the fruit arrangement.


The wreath hanging above the buffet has gold gilt ribbon and a large gold ornament.

An evergreen garland with poinsettia's and glittered fruit on top of the china cabinet.

A simple Christmas ready for the Blessings of family and friends.

This has been such a fun week and I have so enjoyed the Christmas Blogger Block Party.

Today I am joining these fabulous parties:

Common Ground for A Vintage Christmas
2805 for Trees



I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  May the Lord Bless you and all your loved ones this Holy Season.

68 comments:

  1. Oh Marty, you did a fabulous job in the decorating of your beautiful home. The tree is gorgeous, I too love trees with ornaments that bring you fond memories of Christmas past with the family, specially with our childre. You fixed it just right, with perfect and elegant vignettes. I'm very happy you'll all be together after so long.
    Merry Christmas for you and yours.
    FABBY

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  2. Marty, your home is lovely and your tree is just gorgeous! I have ornaments on mine collected from over almost forty years, so it's special too. I'm so happy for you that you're going to have the whole family together this year. How very special for you all!

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. Love your tree! Love the decorations and the simplicity--very charming. I am thrilled that you will have all 15--what a blessing!

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  4. Everything is so pretty!!! I know you are so excited to have all your family together this year.

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  5. You home is just beautifully decorated for the holidays. I am so happy your whole family will be together this year. Those are the memory makers. Enjoy, as I know you will.

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  6. Marty, everthing looks really pretty! I have the same thing for my tree, alot of different ornamnets that mean something to our family. I hope you have a great holiday with your family!

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  7. Marty,

    its all so beautiful.Your home is always amazing but now with the holiday decor- its just over the moon beauty..

    I love your tree and tree skirt.

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  8. Your home is beautiful, I especially love your tree. It's so full of family memories I'm sure!

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  9. Marty, It's all so beautiful. Love your santas. Merry Christmas to you and all your family. Susie

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  10. Your home is beautiful as usual. Are you sure you don't want to move next door to me? May you have a very Merry Christmas with your family.

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  11. Marty your home is so pretty! I love your tree! hugs, Linda

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  12. Marty, your home is absolutely gorgeous. Simply elegant. I love a tree that has ornaments that have been collected over time. That's what we have as well. It has so much meaning that way. I always enjoy touring your home.

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  13. Your home looks perfect for the holidays. I love your idea with the Navitity.

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  14. Marty, Your home is so beautifully dressed for Christmas. Don't you love to look at ornaments you've collected over the years and reminisce about where or when you got the ornament? How wonderful to have your family all together. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  15. Lovely, Marty! Very classic and tasefully done! You must be thrilled to have all your kids coming. I can just see your tables loaded with food, drink and everyone sitting around having a great time.

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  16. Beautiful. Come on over and visit me in Australia
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  17. God bless you, Marty. Your home is just beautiful

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  18. How marvelous to have all your kids there. The tree is wonderful as is the old world Santa. Happy Christmas

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  19. Beautiful Marty! Your home is always in order and fresh looking...

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  20. I think you had a great idea this year. My favorite thing is the cloche on the dining table.

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  21. Hi, new to your blog. You have a beautiful home. I really like your Christmas tree.

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  22. So nice that you will have everyone home this year! Your home is beautiful and I love your tree! Ornaments collected over the years are so special and I must say that I love your nativity cloche...so pretty!

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  23. Such a warm and inviting home, you did a beautiful job decorating.

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  24. Your tree is gorgeous and your home is so lovely and festive!

    Thank you for linking to the Christmas Party at Potpourri Friday!

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  25. Your home tour and decorations are so beautiful!! The tree is just lovely! Looks like a wonderful Christmas to be had by all your family!

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  26. Everything looks marvelous! I love your tree with it's sentiment all tied in! Looks like you are all ready for the holiday!
    Merry Christmas ~ Liz

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  27. Just gorgeous! It all looks so warm and welcoming. I just love the Santas ~ they are very special.
    Thanks for sharing! I can only imagine how much fun you're all going to have in this lovely space.

    xo
    Pat

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  28. Marty you did a beautiful job decorating your home for Christmas, everything looks beautiful!! How nice to have the whole family home with you for Christmas, that is such a blessing!

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  29. Lovely, Marty! Your tree is gorgeous! Everything is so elegant!

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  30. Your home looks so warm and inviting. I am sure the kids love coming home for the holidays!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  31. It looks lovely, Marty, just the right touches. The tree looks beautiful!
    I wish you a very blessed Cmad with your family!

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  32. Oh Marty, it all looks so festive and inviting!!! How wonderful to have the whole family together....what a great time you will all have.....wishing you many blessings...hugs...cleo

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  33. Marty, your home looks just gorgeous for the holidays! Everything is so warm and inviting! How lovely to have all of your children home. That is such a blessing! I love all of your vignettes! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  34. I like your Christmas decorations! We've been doing that too the last few years -- greens and the tree and most of the Christmas "set arounds" left in their boxes! I like the house better that way. The tree, as it should be, is the star of the show! And I love family trees with ornaments of memories! Beautiful tree!

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  35. So very pretty Marty, I used to do my tree the same way and always love it! So happy for you that you will have your family together this holiday season after 15 years:)

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  36. I love your tree, it's like a scrapbook with the ornaments you've collected over the years. It must be fun recalling the memories as you hang each one.

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  37. Marty your home is so beautiful and elegant. I love the understated charm of your Christmas decor it is truly welcoming and beautiful xo

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  38. Marty, your home looks so elegant and beautiful! It's also so nice to hear that your family will all be together this year!
    -Shelley

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  39. Your home looks so beautiful all decked out for Christmas, Marty! Your tree is fabulous!

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  40. Wow you are decked out!!! Just gorgeous with all the right touches!

    Enjoy a beautiful Christmas!

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  41. Oh, Marty, how beautiful and welcoming your home looks! How exciting to have all your kids there with you this year. They will be blessed by being in your presence and also blessed to be in such a lovely space at Christmastime!

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  42. Marty, your tree and home look lovely! I am kind of a "less is more" person, and I love your elegantly placed Christmas treasures! How wonderful that you will have your whole family with you!

    Elaine
    Creating Wonderful Spaces

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  43. What a warm and welcoming sight! Everything seems very well thought out of, I especially like your tree and it's many ornament, I hope to one day have a "full" tree like yours. Have a great time with your children, and a Merry Christmas.

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  44. Marty...this really popped out at me...all of my children here together for Christmas for the first time in 15 years...what a blessing. Have fun and don't work too hard...delegate :)

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  45. Hi Marty, I love your Santas and the tree is beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  46. Hello marty... Lovely decor.... your home looks great for the christmas... Wish you Happy Christmas with your loved ones...
    Happy if you come to see me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    with love from
    Farah

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  47. Marty, I am SO happy for you that you will have all your children home for Christmas!!!! My son just told me yesterday that he won't be able to come. And my sister was planning to come too and can't get off work. So, our Christmas will be small. Enjoy every moment, I know you will. Your house looks beautiful!!! XO, Pinky

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  48. Marty, I am usually about everything being traditional. This year I was breaking away for a more modern look. Now, I'm wondering if I should. Your home looks gorgeous with the traditional ornaments. Oh well, maybe I can add a touch of memory with one or 2 items.
    Merry Christmas, Helen

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  49. Marty - Your home loves lovely. I am so happy you will have your family together for Christmas - that is the best present anyone could received. I am sure they will be gald the tree is the center of your decore this year. It all looks so elegant.

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  50. Marty, your home looks so elegant and I love your pared down look. How wonderful that you'll have all your family with you this year.

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  51. Marty, your holiday home is exquisite! You always know how to add the perfect amount! I LOVE your tree and all of the gorgeous, sentimental and vintage ornaments ... would love to see them in person!

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  52. Dear Marty! It's a lovely holiday at your home this Christmas! Very festive! I love the vintage ornaments on the tree..always my favorite to see years of memories on a tree. And this is the first in 15 years to have all your children together at home for Christmas? I'm so happy for you...that's a Christmas Gift in and of itself.

    I am doing a Christmas Love Auction (way over due on getting it posted) and it started 12/11 - I hope you stop by on Monday to check it out - it will only be up for 10 days. I think you may know the blogging friend of mine that it pertains to. She was blogging a lot back when you and I started a couple years back.

    Have a blessed & Merry Christmas Marty! Hugs! ~CC Catherine from Catherine de th`e Cups

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  53. Hasn't the blog party been fun this Christmas! I have had such a great time peeking inside everyone's festive homes! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures and ideas.

    Best Christmas wishes,
    Natasha.

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  54. Your home looks beautiful and your tree is gorgeous. So special to have your family together.

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  55. All of your decor is just gorgeous! Love the traditional tree with all those sentimental ornaments. That's priceless. So glad you will have all your children with you this year. Sounds like a very special Christmas!

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  56. Your room is lovely - I , too, have a traditional tree with each ornament telling a story of its own! One thing that really caught my eye are you gorgeous draperies - LOVE THEM! Happy Holidays

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  57. Your home is so beautiful, Marty. I love all your Christmas decorations. So much for me to enjoy since I cannot do mine this year...Christine

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  58. Wow, I love everything - especially the stocking tree skirt. So creative. Thanks for sharing! liz

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  59. Marty,
    I love all of your Christmas Decor!
    The deep rich colors in your home make it look so warm and inviting all the time but now for the Holidays, it looks magical!!
    Lovely and so elegant!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  60. Your tree is spectacular!!! Your home is so beautifully decorated, it's just awesome. We aren't having a tree this year because we are going to visit the kids, so I'm really enjoying everyone's trees here in blogland. Thanks again.

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  61. All looks beautiful!!!! I liked your stockings under the tree. Never seen that!!

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  62. Warm. Inviting. Elegant. Just like your blog! Merry Christmas.

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  63. Your home looks so lovely all decorated for Christmas. It always looks lovely, so the decorations are the icing on the cake. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas Marty!

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  64. Oh, how beautiful! Your decorating style is so elegant, Marty, and your holiday decor reflects that, too. Have a joyous Christmas, dear Marty! xoxo

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