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Friday, December 5, 2014

Creating Christmas Memories

This time of year we are all so busy with trying to decorate our homes and find the perfect Christmas present for those we love, plus squeezing in time to entertain and enjoy friends.  In the midst of all the chaos and rushing around, it's important to take the time to make some memories.  Stopping and enjoying the little things is my favorite way to create a wonderful memory.

Adding a cozy place to curl up and enjoy the lights from the tree, listening to my favorite Christmas music, or having a glass of wine and visiting with hubby.- - -


Marveling at the beauty of a thrifted Santa's robe.  I am amazed at the detail and imagination that goes into the embellishments on these beautiful figures ---


Remembering the true meaning of Christmas as you set up a cherished Nativity - -


Creating a few DIY ornaments to fill a pretty bowl.  You know how much I love polka dots and leopard - - -

The whimsy of an "Elf On The Shelf".  

Pulling out my rolling pin and cookie cutters ---

                        and baking my favorite sugar cookies that my children grew up with - -

Even the simple act of kicking off your shoes after a full day of shopping and enjoying wrapping everything in pretty bows - -

Most of all I love making memories by getting together with family and friends.  An evening filled with loved ones, loads of good food and tons of laughter is my favorite way to celebrate the holidays.   Whether we're at home or traveling, we can always find the perfect restaurant on Quandoo.  A friend introduced us to this site and it has become a favorite.  If you aren't familiar with them, check them out, there are thousands of restaurants to choose from around  the world.   Pick your city, a favorite restaurant, make your reservation and enjoy time with loved ones.  Now that is the best kind of memory of all.

So, what is your favorite way to create memories?

                                                       I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove ,
                  The Charm of Home , Chic On A Shoestring Decorating , Finding Fabulous ,
                                        Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo , Redoux Interiors




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32 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Marty! You home looks like such a warm and welcoming place to be for the holidays!

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  2. Lovely post Marty! Your Christmas sounds like it will be delightful!

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  3. Great reminders and beautiful post! Love your décor!!

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  4. Your crèche is beautiful. Sheila

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  5. All beautiful traditions Marty! We just started the ELF this year but I can't wait to add more to our short list and you gave lots of ideas! I'm in love with your Nativity set! I have 3 right now, but I wish to add more to this soon. :-)

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  6. A heart warming post, Marty! Love it all.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. Great post, Marty...everyone will be enjoying Christmas in your beautiful home!
    Hugs,
    JP

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  8. Your decor is beautiful.. And those sugar cookies look delicious!! :)

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  9. So pretty, Marty! Everyone in my family loves a cozy fur throw! Enjoy!

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  10. Very thoughtful and wise tips, Marty. It all rushes by so quickly and before you know it is Christmas afternoon and all the presents are opened.

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  11. I love your leopard ornaments and ribbon, I did buy leopard wrapping paper though, I think my bff will love it! Have a wonderful evening!

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  12. Lovely post Marty. Sometimes in all the rush, we NEED to take time to enjoy the small things. And the whimsical...my youngest has asked for an elf on the shelf ;-)

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  13. Beautifully written post Marty! Your home always looks so inviting and cozy...I love all your Christmas touches!

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  14. Wonderful thought, this is the time of year for making special memories.

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  15. It is so easy to get caught up in the rush and business of the season. Thanks for the reminder of taking the time to make some memories.

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  16. Lovely post Marty. Your decorating looks beautiful. I love that beautiful Santa. Did I understand you right, he was a thrift find? Wow!. Your reminder of making memories is so important. While we celebrate the Birth of our Savior it is so important to make lasting memories with family and friends. Memories last forever. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Karie

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  17. What a sweet and gentle reminder of the what is really important during the holiday season and how priceless our special memories are!

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  18. Beautiful traditions, Marty! Your home looks beautiful and you are so right, it is time to slow down and just enjoy this beautiful time of the year.Have a great weekend! Maria

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  19. Marty,
    Your home looks so cozy and welcoming for your guests at the holidays. Just beautiful. I have a questions where did you find those cute leopard flats. I need those they are adorable!
    Kris

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  20. I've never seen ornaments that had the spots for leopards! How cute! Your home is elegant any time of year. Always enjoy visiting to see what you're up to, Marty!
    Brenda

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  21. What a great post, Marty! I am so enjoying all of your holiday touches! Enjoy the season!

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  22. I am in love with the leopard print on the Christmas ornaments...wow that has you written all over them Marty!!! Fabulous idea!! And your nativity is simply beautiful...tis the reason for the season. Wishing you a wonderful but restful weekend!!
    XO Barbara

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  23. You are so right about taking time out to make memories. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle bustle and then when it's over, feel exhausted instead of nostalgic. I like your ideas on making memories. Your nativity set is beautiful and I love the fur throw on your sofa.

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  24. Your nativity scene is beautiful! I love your ornaments and your home looks like a calm and warm place to really enjoy and make Christmas memories.

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  25. Such a sweet post Marty!! It's definitely about those smaller moments and cherishing them. Love all of your beautiful touches around your home!

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  26. It all looks very beautiful and I love your nativity set! I have a similar Santa. Enjoy the Christmas holidays. Pam

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  27. Everything looks absolutely beautiful, Marty! Family and memories are what it's all about.

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  28. Such a important point to make some memories in the chaos! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  29. This is a beautiful post, Marty - you are so right - making memories during the Christmas season is the most important thing to do! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  30. Wonderful post Marty! Thank you fro sharing it at Treasure Hunt Thursday. Happy Holidays my friend!

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