Hi 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. 🙂
The front door and windows got their traditional greenery and miles of red ribbon.
But I did add something new around the corner at the other door…
Our 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. 🙂
But of course just a Christmas tree wasn’t enough.
I couldn’t resist this Santa sack. 🙂
(Purchased at Creters in Macon, Georgia but available online here.)
I 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.
More garland and ribbon dressed up this door as well.
Now 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!!! 🙂 )
And I couldn’t leave out the lower deck for its dose of Christmas.
My 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.
Can you spot the bird’s nest in the tree?
A 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.)
Oh, 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. 🙂 )
And 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!)
Today 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!