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Deck The Halls

December 6, 2011

Hi friends!

No recipe for you today, but I thought I’d share some pictures of our house, now that it’s fully decorated. 

You might say that our decorating style is a little…eclectic.  But I like it that way! We’ve yet to get a Christmas tree—with our long university break, we always leave pretty early in December, so getting a tree just seems like too much work for too short amount of time to enjoy it.  I think next year, with Baby Girl Weber in tow, we’ll probably break down and get one.

But until then…it’s not exactly as if we’re hurting for Christmas decor in the house, even sans tree. 

Let’s start with the stockings:

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I’ve had the same stocking since I was a baby—my great-grandmother made it for me…and in fact, made similar stockings for every other member of our family—cousins, aunts, uncles all!   In fact, my mom still has hers from when she was a little girl.  Any time anyone in the family married or had kids, another stocking was made.

By the time Ryan and I were married, my great-grandmother had long passed away, but we still get similar stockings made for any new family members:

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…and next year, Baby Girl Weber will have one too!

I’m a little jealous of Ryan’s stocking…his is a bit flashier than mine.  Check out his snowman:

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Still…we both have awesome reindeer:

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I love these stockings.  Hanging them on the mantle is the best sign that the holidays have arrived.  And speaking of the mantle:

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This year, we kept it fairly simple…lights and stockings, with no garland. 

Underneath, in the fireplace, is our “tree”—we picked up this ornament display at Pier One.  It will have to do until we get a real tree:

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Baxter can’t seem to figure it out.  I just hope he doesn’t try to pee on it.  Another thing he can’t figure out:

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Who is this dog elf, and where did he come from?  We may never know.

On our buffet, I created another alternative “tree”—branches in a vase.  No, it’s not a Christmas tree.  And no, you can’t stop me from putting a bird in it:

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And finally, in one of the living room corners sits one of my favorite decorations: our vintage ornaments! I picked these up at an antique store in Pennsylvania, and I just love them.  We used to hang ornaments just like this on our tree when I was little:

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Moving on to…the dining room!  The dining room is simple, and involves yet ANOTHER tree:

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I got that potpourri Christmas tree from Pier One last year, and it still smells SO good—fresh and piney. 

Even the plants in my office have gotten in on the action:

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And finally…Ryan’s pride and joy….the outside lights!

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This year, we went with BIG colored lights. 

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We used to decorate my house with these when I was a girl, until everyone decided that small white lights were the way to go.  I like white lights, but I’ll always have a place in my heart for these big colored bulbs…plus, I think they work really well with our house! Ryan did a great job lining the house with them:

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Hope you enjoyed this tour of decorations! Peace out:

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🙂

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2011 2:41 pm

    Very festive!

  2. December 6, 2011 2:53 pm

    Looks fab! I love doing ornaments in a bowl. I have a stocking my Aunt made me as a kid and I love it to pieces

  3. December 6, 2011 2:59 pm

    I love the branches in a vase idea! I feel like the tree is too much work for the time to enjoy it as well so I may steal that idea. We have tons of pine trees on our property and I could easily cut a few to make the place look festive. Your house looks beautiful 🙂

  4. December 6, 2011 3:21 pm

    Your doggy & the little dog elf are so cute! =)

  5. December 6, 2011 3:26 pm

    Everything looks so festive!

  6. December 6, 2011 3:40 pm

    I love all your Xmas pics…so festive. Good for you for decorating!

  7. December 6, 2011 5:30 pm

    Love it!!! I’m a sucker for eclectic, vintage Christmas decorations myself!!! The older, the better 🙂

  8. December 6, 2011 6:35 pm

    Looks great! I think all your little trees make up for not having a big one!

  9. December 6, 2011 7:36 pm

    Very beautiful! Your stockings look so pretty – don’t forget to bring them home so Santa can fill them here!

  10. December 6, 2011 8:39 pm

    Loooove the decorations! Definitely a fan of the big colored lights too. We’re doing some decorating tonight, including our tree… I’m SO excited!

  11. December 7, 2011 12:15 am

    Looks great! I love all the lights.

  12. December 7, 2011 12:29 am

    Love Christmas decorations!

  13. December 7, 2011 2:37 am

    What a fun post, love the decorations! We don’t have a tree yet either since we’re visiting family this week, can’t wait to get one.

  14. December 7, 2011 6:58 pm

    I just love your decorations!!! My grandma also made us stockings but I keep mine at my parents.
    Since it’s just me living at home, I’ve kind of slacked on Xmas decorations this year. There is still time!!

  15. patti permalink
    December 7, 2011 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the tour – enjoy the season.

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