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A Merry Christmas Tour – part 2

Welcome back for another part of our Christmas tour!  When we ended part 1 Gabbie and I were in the hall outside our daughter’s bedroom.  So today that is where we are going to begin.  Come on in!

As a blogger, I know I am supposed to change things around and come up with new ideas for my readers each season, but this year I’m afraid that is not really happening, and it’s for a couple of reasons.

First, to me Christmas is about traditions.  I think we come to expect certain things to be the same each year…the same menu for the family get-together, the same ornaments on the tree, the same little village set up in the cabinet, the same Nativity set placed carefully in its same special location.  It becomes ingrained in our expectations of the season…our children even expect it as part of their holiday traditions. This has always been a struggle for me as a blogger at Christmas.

Secondly, we hosted a party last weekend for some of our dearest friends from college (some even from childhood!)  Oddly enough, as many times as we have partied and traveled with them, we had never been able to get them all together at Christmas. So with this year being the first time we have been able to do that, I decided to decorate with all my favorites from all the past decorating ideas around here.  So I’m afraid you are going to see “repeats” from the past…beginning with all the “snow” decor in our daughter’s bedroom.

And our sons’ bedroom is decorated yet again with bicycles….

on the small tree on the dresser…

on the wreath hanging over the bed…

and tied on the package on the desk….

all to go along with the fun Christmas book, Red Ranger Came Calling.

The children’s bathroom gets its little green chalkboard…

and a few Christmas accessories for a touch of the season.

That finishes up all the holiday decorating in the bedroom wing, so let’s take a minute to check out the workroom in its holiday style.

If you have been reading here for a few years, you will recognize the small tree with the quote cards there on the cabinet…

and the little vw beetle with its tree. 🙂

The cute vintage looking Santa mugs are back, but I found another thermos this year that works perfectly with them.

And of course, my advent calendar is hung on the garland draping the window by my desk again.

The last thing to see in this room is the wrapping table overflowing with Christmas gift wrap and ribbons.  I think I am addicted to paper! (And it’s so sad that this is the last year Target will be carrying the Sugar Paper line. 🙁 It has been my favorite.)

Alright now we are going to leave my workroom,
walk past the kids’ Christmas stockings…
(The labels say, “Santa stop here.” 🙂 )

 And go out the door there by the bench with the Santa sack on it.

The next time we are together, we are going to look around outside and then come in the “real” front door for part 3. Fingers crossed I get to share it with you before Christmas!  I have a MAJOR amount of shopping to get done today and then a lot of wrapping to do after that.  I hope you are at the end of your Christmas to-do list (or better yet… finished!)

Until next time….

p.s.  Oh I almost forgot! Thank you for all your input on having a striped rug in our master bedroom!  It was an overwhelming “no” to the idea.  (I think my husband told all of you to say that! LOL 😉 )

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Nikki Makonnen - January 10, 2018 - 9:37 pm

I LOVE the decor…Its cozy, nostalgic, and cute right down to the littlest detail…Happy New Year…Cant wait to see what in store to come..Warm Wishes, Nikki

Peggy Z - December 26, 2017 - 11:22 am

Your home wears red so beautifully. I never tire of looking at your ingenious use of it. I’m a very traditional person. My children, who are now 40 and 37, expect the tree to have our family ornaments, gifts to them through the years from grandparents and aunts. We tried to change things up when we moved to the farm, but no. And now our grandson comes to help decorate and those ornaments are becoming part of his story.
Merry Christmas, Kelly! I hope your family was all home to share the joys of Christmas.
Thanks Peggy! You KNOW I love red! (It is such a happy color! 🙂 ) Love how your traditions are passing from one generation to the next. Our sons were home for Christmas, but our daughter spent the holiday with her future in-laws. (Totally understandable. 🙂 )
Many blessings to you for 2018. Happy New Year!

Donnamae - December 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm

Everything looks in readiness…and so wonderful. I don’t really change my Christmas decor too much from year to year. The tree always looks basically the same…and my Santa and snowmen collection are out in full force. My 3 harshest critics, my children now adults, see to that! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!! 😉

Cindy - December 23, 2017 - 5:02 pm

Hello, Kelly:
Again, you do not disappoint with your posts! I love tradition; every year I pull out the Christmas pillow case that my maternal grandmother made me (now it goes in the spare bedroom and not used). I have made pillow cases for my husband and I, along with ones for family. Our trees have ornaments that have meaning to us; we add a new one every year from a place that we have traveled. Our family also gets an ornament that has meaning to us. Your blog is a favorite of mine, as you share your home with us…a home that is so welcoming.
Merry Christmas, Cindy

julia walker - December 23, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Just beautiful Kelly! I love the bicycle them in your sons’ room. Have a wonderful Christmas and take care of yourself. Love, Julia

Robyn - December 23, 2017 - 11:23 am

Christmas traditions are a huge part of our Christmas. My boys come home and look for specific tree ornaments and little things we have had for years. I do the same at my parents house. To me that is what Christmas is all about!!! Everything is beautiful!!!

Cindy Lou Hoo - December 23, 2017 - 1:26 am

Spectacular and creative ! lOVE the black and red combo ! Please tell me where you got the black message ornaments ! Wonder if you could make them! Anyway! Great job ! I enjoyed it ! Merry Christmas !!
Thank you so much! The black message ornaments aren’t ornaments at all. They are quote cards that come in a box in Target. I just used a hole punch to put a hole in the top, and then I tied a short piece of red ribbon through them to hang on the tree. Hope you had a merry Christmas!
Many blessings for the new year!

Sherry M - December 22, 2017 - 11:39 pm

I have been following your blog for quite a few years now. Never tiring of your traditions in decorating, I look forward to each and every inspirational idea. I could curl up with a book in the corner of the bottom bunk in your daughter’s room, or I would feel quite cozy seated in the chair in your bedroom (without the rug,) enjoying that pretty red ribbon clad tree. That’s what your lovingly decorated home does for your readers. It captures and draws us in. It compels us to linger and look. And especially at this wonderful season, I, for one, want to say thank you for taking your precious time to share the traditions that your family has come to love and expect. I love it too.

Kathy - December 22, 2017 - 10:20 pm

Kelly, I love your traditions! I am still looking for a VW beetle to tie a little bottle brush tree on. I buy every little bottle brush tree I find. I was in a grocery store in Beaufort, SC that had some little cars but not one red VW bug. I could go for a lime green VW beetle like the first car we bought our daughter but that red one is SO cute! So many of the things in your home have inspired me. I now have a collection of the Santa mugs…the first being one my grandmother gave me as a child, then I bought the Pottery Barn Outlet ones like yours, and have continued to buy them. That desk in your son’s room has spoken to me since the first time I saw it. I love the blogs with the different looks this year but I have to come back to the family traditions with all of the red and green. Merry Christmas, Sweet Lady!!!!!!

DiAnne - December 22, 2017 - 9:51 pm

Your house looks beautiful! I love the sparkle and shine message on the green chalkboard in the bathroom. It is the season to sparkle and shine.

Janice - December 22, 2017 - 9:20 pm

Your home is beautiful and equally beautifully decorated.

Tricia - December 22, 2017 - 5:53 pm

Kelly, I love visiting your traditionally decorated Christmas. Please don’t change a thing! My favourite room has always been Hayley’s. Thank you!

Audrey C. - December 22, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Kelly, I’ve been delighted every time you post a new blog, and have enjoyed “visiting” yours for the last four years! Traditions are wonderful for children and adults–it gives a feeling of joy and secure anticipation that will always be cherished. Love your Christmas trees and all the red! Thank you for encouraging us with your blog–have a lovely Christmas and a blessed 2018…Audrey

Mary Beth Bryan - December 22, 2017 - 2:57 pm

Your home is beautiful!

Gina - December 22, 2017 - 1:03 pm

I like reading your blog because you ARE different than other bloggers. 😉 I always think your decorations are festive and inspiring. 🙂 Hope you finish all your shopping and we are lucky enough to see Part 3. I’m just doing a little more baking today. 😀

jae - December 22, 2017 - 12:17 pm

I love seeing your decor, even if it is the same. I think use of traditional, loved pieces is what gives Christmas decorating a warm, glad to be home feeling. Please dont change. Merry Christmas!

Sandy - December 22, 2017 - 11:28 am

Don’t you kind of hate it when the hubby is right?! 🙂 I love seeing your traditional stuff each year. It doesn’t get old, and you are so right, it is what we all expect and it gives a warm fuzzy feeling each year. I actually didn’t do a Christmas tour last year, because I didn’t do much different, but after seeing yours, I know we still love seeing it all again. I love your workroom. My little room looks like a bomb went off in it from wrapping. I am headed there to tidy up and finish wrapping presents.

Susan - December 22, 2017 - 11:17 am

You have such a gift for warm and meaningful holiday decor her! Did I miss somewhere the source/download possibility? For the lovely black quote cards? I must have them! And I too am a big fan of sugar paper from our favorite target…thank you so much, and merry Christmas!

N from VA - December 22, 2017 - 11:02 am

When its this good–repeat it again and again! Love your holiday cheer. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas, N from Va

Sandy - December 22, 2017 - 10:52 am

There’s not much to write that hasn’t been said in the dozen previous comments. I was so excited to see a post from you and then realize you wrote on the 20th too. I have been baking up a storm with my darling ten yr old granddaughter and haven’t had time for iPad or computer. Your Christmasy home is darling. I believe in tradition and I love the red! A blessed Christmas to you and your family from our home in Ohio.

Carol Ann - December 22, 2017 - 10:45 am

Kelly….if I had to use one word to describe the way your blog and decorating makes me feel is FUN! I love your colors, stories and themes…..just FUN and always inspirational. Never heard of the book Red Ranger Comes Calling but looking forward to ordering a copy and reading it. Children’s books are the best…for all ages. Merry Christmas and looking forward to post #3. 🌲🎅🏻😊

At Rivercrest Cottage - December 22, 2017 - 10:34 am

Oh Dear! I’ve not been told we couldn’t decorate the same each year. I come drop by your place to see the Christmas decorations I love so much. I would truly be disappointed if you change things up too much! Mainly I love that wonderful porch and the way you do it up. The rest of the house is just gravy on the biscuits! Until someone pays me to change my Christmas decor, I’m afraid I’ll be a bad blogger and just keep putting up my favorite decorations and I hope you will too. Merry Christmas, love. your home.

Patty in Michigan - December 22, 2017 - 10:26 am

Love your home at Christmas! It wears Christmas beautifully! Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Kristy - December 22, 2017 - 10:23 am

Your Christmas décor is traditional & lovely. I still love the bicycles in the boys room.
I hope you have a glorious day for last minute shopping. As we all do, I’m sure you have many things to do between now and Christmas day.

Renee Cook - December 22, 2017 - 10:17 am

Merry Christmas, Kelly! Your home is absolutely beautiful, festive and inspiring! Even if you did repeat some of your decorating ideas from previous years, it always feels fresh and new. I agree, tradition is important, especially at Christmas. Thank you for all your hard work throughout the year producing your beautiful blog and sharing your life with us. I hope your whole family will be able to be together for the holidays. Wishing you and yours a most blessed Christmas!!

Anne from Atlanta - December 22, 2017 - 10:17 am

Love your Christmas posts! I love tradition, too, so I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your home again at Christmas. So many special touches you bring out at Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

Marianne in Mo. - December 22, 2017 - 10:08 am

It doesn’t matter to me if you use the same things each year, I just love to see your home! And don’t you think it’s so much easier if you repeat traditions? You never have to worry if something will work, because it’s been proven! This year I wanted to find ’50’s ornaments to add to the collection. I brought home three beauties I found in an antiques store. Well, they don’t “go” with anything, so I am at a loss on what to do with them. So, traditions are much less stressful in a hectic season! And my favorite of yours so far is your daughters’ bedroom.

Dawn - December 22, 2017 - 10:07 am


Thanks for sharing! It all looks so cozy and inviting. Good luck with your shopping! Take care!

Susie - December 22, 2017 - 10:02 am

Kelly- I look forward to seeing your decorations and holiday RED. Traditions make wonderful things and your family are blessed to have you and your talents.

Dawn E Brown - December 22, 2017 - 9:57 am

Where did you get those sweet Santa mugs. Your pictures are beautiful.Blessings, Dawn E. Brown

Leigh - December 22, 2017 - 9:45 am

I look forward to all your posts, but Christmas is my favorite! What a comfortable and festive feel your home has. I have used some of your ideas in my own home and really like the look. Merry Christmas to you and your family and happy shopping 🎁

Lanita Anderson - December 22, 2017 - 9:43 am

I always so enjoy seeing your decorating posts for the holidays! It’s always so beautiful, as well as festive and fun!! Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration – hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Blessings to you….

Bonnie - December 22, 2017 - 8:46 am


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