Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Merry Christmas from My House to Yours















































































I have been busy working & just went out of town. So, I am late posting photos of my home decorated for Christmas. I am going to share a few photos with you today & more will follow. I took some with flash this morning & some without. It was still dark outside & that is when I like the decorations the best. The lights cast a warm glow. So... those photos that are "white" are with flash. The others are softer but, a little harder to see. The kitchen table is set with Santa dishes as a picture of the old elf himself oversees things. Mrs Claus & a red tree sit atop my refrigerator. And the beautiful reindeer box was stitched for me by my friend Pam.




Under my tree you will find my Dept 56 North Pole Collection. Or I guess I should say, you will see a part of it. It is kind of an addiction of mine that I have had to do serious therapy for. I am no longer buying any pieces but, I do love them. Usually I put this collection on my kitchen counter top in front of my sink so I can enjoy it while I look into the family room. But, this year I put it under the tree so that my grandsons will be able to see all the details. As they lay on their tummy & play with the Santa Train (that my sweet husband got me & has added to many for many Christmas's past) they can see Mr & Mrs Claus, the elves, the reindeer, and all the adorable cottages. In Christmas's past I felt I needed to protect this little fantasy world but, they are 8, 7, & two 3 year olds this year & they are very careful when playing under the tree. So, as I share with them I want to share with you. Enjoy. And please visit the other girls that were particpating in this event at Kimba's http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/

16 comments:

Kate said...

You did a fantastic job. What an incredible tree you have. Merry Christmas!!!

Kasey Hunt said...

I like the Santa portrait. Nice touch.

Coastal Sisters said...

Charlene..your decor looks lovely! I especially love the little red tree and the Santa portrait.
Everything looks so cozy :)

LuLu~*

Vicki C said...

Oh man girl.. you really make me feel like a LAZY Christmas decorator now!!! lol Your decorations ( all of them ) are just beautiful!!!

mrsjones6 said...

The train and Christmas village are such a wonder of delight for a child! I am sure your granchildren will absolutely love it!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting my page. These Christmas tours have been so much fun!
Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Jen@Fiddle Dee Dee

Allie said...

I LOVE your kitchen with the portrait of Santa....it looks so cozy! Your grandchildren must love to come over to your house. It sounds like a magical place for kids.....decorated by someone who sounds like they are a kid at heart! How wonderful!!! Did ya'll get any snow yesterday? Happy Wednesday!
~Allie

Down the Rabbit Hole said...

Charlene,

Everything looks so magical and beautiful! I love the Santa portrait. I know your grandson's love it all and enjoy coming to your house!
Blessings,
Selia

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love your decorations~absolutely adorable!
I hope you'll visit soon, I will have my last giveaway of December this Friday.

Celestial Charms said...

I must have the portrait of Santa Clause hanging on my wall. Perfect. Lovely decorating. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Laura said...

BEAUTIFUL.

Girly Stuff said...

I love your winter wonderland! And the Santa picture!

Kim Layton said...

Everything looks great! I love the village! Merry Christmas!

vickysplace1 said...

Beautiful decor. The Santa is one of my favorites. Merry Christmas

Suzy said...

Love the village, I too am a Dept 56 New England Village collector. But this year I decided to scale down and not put it out.
Thanks for visiting my blog, there will be more good recipes to come!
Sweets,
Suzy

jenjen said...

Your home looks wonderful I love your banner picture -- so wintry and lovely. THanks for letting me stop by!

Jen

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Charlene, I love your North Pole village...and that darling train! What wonderful treasures to pull out each year! I could just stare at it forever!
The dove cote you asked about is made by Lazy Hill and I bought it from a company that sells on eBay called Wild Life Cottage. I'd always wanted a Lazy Hill dove cote but they are a bit pricey. Wildlife Cottage had the best price I could find online the year I bought it. I was a little disappointed in the paint finish...very thin...so I ended up repainting is with my exterior house paint...pretty ridiculous considering how expensive they are. There's another company that makes one that is the same size (HUGE) as the Lazy Hill and looks very similar...it's about half the price. If you go to eBay and search for dove cote, you will see Wildlife Cottage and you may see the other house that is about half the price. You can also google dove cote to find them. Thanks for your visit and kind words on my blog! :-) Susan

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