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Our Outdoor Christmas Decorating


porch Christmas decoratingHi Folks!  Another Christmas decorating post for you today.  My husband and I have been busy bees working on the exterior of our home. This weather (close to 80 degrees every day for about the last 2 weeks!) has been great for working outside. My husband has done a monumental amount of pruning boxwoods, weeding, and starting to put out pinestraw mulch…not to mention scrubbing the back deck for endless hours.  I’ve had the fun of potting plants, washing windows, and hanging wreaths and garlands. 🙂

front door Christmas decoratingThe front door and windows got their traditional greenery and miles of red ribbon.

front porch Christmas garlandsBut I did add something new around the corner at the other door…

outdoor Christmas decoratingOur children’s old red wagon had been on top of a cabinet in my classroom for years.  When I retired last May, it came back home with me, and I thought it would be fun to place a small Christmas tree in it for the holidays. 🙂

door Christmas decorating tree in wagonBut of course just a Christmas tree wasn’t enough.

Christmas tree in wagonI couldn’t resist this Santa sack. 🙂
(Purchased at Creters in Macon, Georgia but available online here.)

Santa sackjI stuffed the sack with plastic bubble wrap so that rain wouldn’t “deflate” it, and I also added some boxes wrapped in kraft paper, tied with red ribbon, (of course!) and adorned with some computer art to make it appear to be packages delivered from Santa Claus.

Christmas tree in wagon and packagesMore garland and ribbon dressed up this door as well.

Christmas door garlandNow let’s go though the house and out back.  There’s a little more Christmas decorating there as well.  (The front of the house can’t have all the fun now can it?) The last of the garland got hung on the deck railing. (See how nice and clean the deck and railing are?  Thank you honey!!! 🙂 )

deck garlandAnd I couldn’t leave out the lower deck for its dose of Christmas.

outdoor decorating for ChristmasMy old decrepit potting bench holds greenery for projects around here, and I used the last of the fresh garland (that is not-so-fresh anymore 🙁 ) to wind into a rustic wreath hanging above it there.

potting bench for ChristmasCan you spot the bird’s nest in the tree?

Christmas greensA little greenery and a red lantern made a simple centerpiece for the deck table.  (The lanterns are old ones from Pottery Barn, and the table set came from Home Depot in case you are wondering.)

Christmas centerpiece on picnic tableOh, and there is one more tiny outdoor project to show you…the mailbox.
(Made from greenery and ribbon and a mile of florist wire to hold it all in place. 🙂 )

Christmas mailboxAnd that wraps up all the outdoor Christmas decorating.
I think our house looks its very best when it is decked out for the holidays.
(Of course an overdose of red may have something to do with that!)

Christmas cottageToday has had rain, rain, rain that will bring cooler temps for us.  (Then maybe it will feel more like Christmas.)  I am off to work on wrapping gifts, but before I get off this computer let me just apologize big-time to those of you who are emailing me questions and leaving comments.  There are over 300 emails in my inbox right now. 🙁 My Elf list is super long with all our children coming home next week, and we are hosting a bridal shower for one of our daughter’s friends here (also next week!) I want to get these posts out before Christmas, (although I know many of you are already tired of seeing sooo many Christmas home tours in blogland) and of course I am trying to finish that Elf list.

Soooo… after Christmas I will get to all the e-mails…which will probably be too late for some of your questions. I am sorry.  I need an elf!!  (Santa, can you bring one along with you and drop him off here? 😉 )

I will answer one question that Nan has asked twice about the gingerbread houses. (So Nan, I hope you are reading!)  I assembled them from kits that I purchased at Walmart and Target, but I only used the white icing out of the kit.  It takes a little over an hour for me to put one together.

Off to wrap gifts!

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Linda - December 22, 2015 - 6:33 pm

I never tire of Christmas posts, and especially look forward to yours!

Emily - December 21, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Kelly, I love the traditional red ribbon that you use. That is my choice,too. And the red wagon with the Christmas tree in it is adorable. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

DiAnne - December 19, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Merry Christmas, Kelly!
You have given me lots of ideas for next year in the last few posts. I have a lot of Snow Village and I am going to try to think outside the box with it next year.
I look forward to your posts. By the way, can you believe it is already Christmas break into your first year of retirement. Time flies.
Enjoy these special times.

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - December 19, 2015 - 11:50 am

You could make a plain stick look like the Rockefeller Center tree, except better.

debra @ 5th and state - December 19, 2015 - 9:27 am

hello kelly

thank you for your kind words on my post of the house we decorated! an artist in the shop paints those signs if you would ever like.
so, anyways, i had to come over and had a blast of inspiration going back through your posts! and, pinned away
your home is charming and some of your recipes will be appearing this christmas

Susan - December 19, 2015 - 2:04 am

So Beautiful Kelly! Have a Very Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Julie in Asheville - December 19, 2015 - 12:58 am

What a showstopper! How absolutely lovely and inviting. Just love your decorating know-how which some people have and the rest of us do not. Whatever, your home looks so welcoming. Know you kids will love being Home. Yes, I found the sweet nest. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kelly.

Char - December 18, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Your home looks so welcoming and inviting! When your kids come home for Christmas, they will feel the love for them starting right at the front door. Two things…1. What kind of ribbon do you use? Is it satin or a grosgrain? Its always so pretty! and 2. will you please, PLEASE give us all a bow tying tutorial?? I just cant tie bows as pretty as yours! :/

Enjoy every little moment with those kiddos~Merry Christmas
Thank you for the kind compliments Char. All the interior ribbon is grosgrain. As far as a bow tutorial, it is all bow “pinching” – not tying. I make a loop with about a foot of ribbon hanging down, pinch it in the middle, make a loop on the other side, hold it to the other loop at the pinched center, then repeat several times. When I am finished I tie a small piece of ribbon in the center to look like it has been tied.
Don’t know if that helps or not! LOL

classic•casual•home - December 18, 2015 - 11:51 am

Absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Mary Ann

Gina - December 18, 2015 - 11:15 am

Your home looks so beautiful and festive! It definitely sets the tone for Christmas! How special to use your children’s wagon and that Santa sack is adorable! We’ve had warm temperatures too, but the cold weather arrived overnight. Now it feels more like Christmas. 😉 Enjoy time with your family!!

Debbie from MountainMamaOnline - December 18, 2015 - 11:01 am

Your house is so charming!! I love how you decorated it – so simple and with a country feel – my favorite combo!!

Kathy - December 18, 2015 - 10:33 am

Everything is beautiful. Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy the family. Love ALL your posts.

Carolyn - December 18, 2015 - 9:52 am

You never disappoint. Everything is just simply beautiful. I have one quick question that is perfectly fine to reply when you are able. The garland outside around your windows and doors,it it real? Where do you purchase? Wasn’t going to do this year but hopefully next. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

Debra - December 18, 2015 - 9:18 am

Everything looks so festive. I especially am enjoying seeing the back of your home decorated as well. Its just lovely Kelly. My backyard is what I see daily, so I always decorate there too. I have a child’s small red wagon that I keep out on the outbuilding porch year round. Last year I put a miniature 50’s blow mold Santa in it with greens and lights. This brings me back to my childhood. Funny you should show a burlap sack as well. I just purchased one from H&M this year. It was on clearance. Yahoo! I love yours with the red silhouette. So perfect for all your red accent decor. Have fun with all your parties Kelly. You are one busy lady for being newly retired, but the holidays always bring so much extra, now doesn’t it?

Kelly - December 18, 2015 - 9:04 am

Kelly, I am swooning! This is magazine-worthy. Merry Christmas, and enjoy this wonderful season with ALL of your children!

Frances in England - December 18, 2015 - 8:47 am

Absolutely gorgeous. I have so enjoyed your whole house-tour for Christmas (I’m always up for a house-tour anytime, but Christmas is special). We have our wreath and our tree, and I am about to do a little baking… Need to dig out my Harry Belafonte Christmas DVD!

I wish a very Merry Christmas to you and all of your readers. And a big Thank You for writing one of my favourite blogs, year-round!!

kathy - December 18, 2015 - 12:01 am

Your house IS a “stopper”…I love that comment above! I like your little potting bench and your rusty bucket. Have we seen those in previous posts? Your wagon is a great idea with the lit tree. We have that wagon as my husband used to sell them in his hardware store here. I was thinking that I need a “Kelly Red Book” where I can jot down your ideas to use later. Better yet, you write it. (I think you have time…LOL!)

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - December 17, 2015 - 9:21 pm

Oh, Kelly! Your home looks just amazing all ‘wrapped up’ for the holidays!! So many wonderful touches! ♥ It’s always the little details that catch my eye first. I love, love, love the way you hung the fresh garland over the front windows. It melts my heart to see your wreath hanging in the tree, over your cute potting bench on the deck. Enjoy every moment of the holidays with your family! Merry Christmas to all, Kelly! ♡

Rosemary - December 17, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Oops! Excuse the typo …commenting from my ipad when I should be asleep! Nite!

RRosemary - December 17, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Kelly, this is just amazing! I’m sure you must have many more hours in your day than I do! 🙂 or as I’ve commented before …do you ever sleep?! The exterior of your house is just soooo beautiful. I just love the red cart with the tree in and Santas sack and parcels. Everything looks so bright and festive. What a lovely welcome home for your children. I do miss your replies to our comments but I understand how difficult it must be with all you have to do, I’m grateful you take the time to post and always look forward to hearing from my friend in Georgia!
Take care and remember to take some quiet time for you.

Sherry Myers - December 17, 2015 - 7:45 pm

I never tire of your decorating! Ever! Everything is “stopper worthy.” In case you are wondering what that means..when I was a child my dad drove us on our traditional Christmas home decoration tour. When we saw a home that was decorated oh so lovely, we would yell, “It’s a stopper, Daddy!” He would stop, back up, (if no one was behind us,) and we would ooh and ash, and say, I like this or that! Precious memories. I’m glad I get to enjoy your creativity through your posts. Thank you, Kelly. I know your to do list is long. I’ll be your cheerleader since I live too far away to be your elf. Go, Kelly, go!! Your house is a stopper for sure! At night, I bet it’s all aglow. We’ve loved every post in your Christmas tour! Your side porch is awesome!!!
Hope you plan to take pictures of the shower. We’d love to see them 😊

Vicki - December 17, 2015 - 7:38 pm

We never tire of your posts, especially the Christmas posts!

Louvina - December 17, 2015 - 7:01 pm

Oh, Kelly!! Everything is so festive and the red ribbon really makes it all just pop out in the photos. Absolutely fell in love with the little red wagon, tree, gifts and Santa bag!! Then the back decks look so nice, too. Saw the bird nest– my tree every year has a real bird nest in it ever since we watched Walton’s Mountain Christmas. It is so summer like here we are planning to grill out for Christmas dinner! 🙂

Donnamae - December 17, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Your home looks lovely! I put out swags on the outdoor lights, and they all have bright red ribbons…..really makes a statement. Hope you are able to finish your elf list. We’ve had quite a few of “disturbances in the force” if you will, and we are behind in everything. Happy Wrapping! 😉

Nan, Odessa, DE - December 17, 2015 - 6:35 pm

I am reading and appreciate the reply.
You are the best Kelly.
i, I, I, enjoy seeing you so often.
DEEP breathe and enjoy your family.
Merry Christmas!

Nan, Odessa, DE

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - December 17, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Just so very beautiful and festive Kelly! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Jeanne Bell - December 17, 2015 - 6:27 pm

You always did a great job when you worked, but since you retired you are blowing it out of the park. Keep blogging!
Merry Christmas.

Donna - December 17, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Your home looks so beautiful ! The garlands with red ribbon over the windows are making my list for next year .
Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas !

Pamela - December 17, 2015 - 5:34 pm

So very pretty. I sure did enjoy looking. We have the Trex decking and rails very easy to take care of just mop and go.

Blessings Always From Pamels in Ohio

Dawn - December 17, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Everything looks great! I love all of the natural elements mixed in with pretty red ribbon. You always have such nice decorations and everything looks tidy. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Garden, Home and Party - December 17, 2015 - 5:20 pm

What a festive and complete job you and the mister did! I love the garlands on so many of the windows and over the doors. The little Radio Flyer wagon and Christmas tree are so charming. I know what you mean about having an Elf list…mine is getting shorter but will still require a marathon of running around, wrapping and addressing the Christmas cards. Yikes!

Sandy in FWB - December 17, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Your home is simply beautiful. You make things look great from the most simplest of things which is why you have so many comments and emails. Just keep on posting, because I love seeing it. No need to comment:) Live life and love on your family.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - December 17, 2015 - 5:02 pm

The outside is as gorgeous as the inside. So beautiful.

Kim - December 17, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Kelly, I just love the exterior of your cute home with the southern porch that I don’t have and want. It has been crazy warm and I really wish it would be cold for Christmas, but so far it looks like 73 and rain here. Not what I call Christmas weather even here in Ga. Cold this weekend though.

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